By Jonathan Smith

Jonathan Smith, Graduate Structural Engineer has been named as an apprentice for the President of the Institute of Civil Engineering (ICE).

Each year, the President of the ICE chooses six of the brightest and most motivated graduates and technician members to be on the year-long scheme which boasts unique opportunities to gain experience, develop skills and further enhance knowledge of the industry.

Before Jonathan starts his position in November, we wanted to find out a little more about what he will be doing.

Why did you apply for the role of apprentice to the President of ICE?

The opportunity to be involved in larger scale projects, working on policies, public engagement projects and industry change projects was something I really wanted to experience. These projects have national implications and will give me invaluable experience  which so few receive so early in their career. Additionally, the opportunity to work alongside and learn from some of the top industry experts is really exciting.

What do you hope to get from the experience?

My role at Cundall is predominately focused on technical engineering so to take this a step further with the ICE is a real ambition. I will also have the chance to contribute to some of the biggest topics in civil engineering too.

I will be part of a global team of apprentices so it will be good to meet them and make sure they are aware of the great things that I am doing at Cundall.

How can you apply this experience to your role at Cundall?

I hope that this position will teach me the non-technical side of project management, as well as media skills which will be useful in the future. It is a fantastic opportunity to promote the strength of the Northern Powerhouse too. As Cundall was founded in Newcastle and Edinburgh, I am delighted to be able to represent them at this level.

I also hope to pass what I learn to the other graduates at Cundall  so they can apply it to their work. The ICE are at the forefront of civil engineering and I hope to raise their profile too amongst friends in the industry.

What are you looking forward to the most?

The chance to work on an ICE project is something I can’t wait to get involved in. I don’t know what the project will be quite yet but am really looking forward to making the decision on 2nd November at my first day of training as an apprentice.

I am also looking forward to attending an ICE Council meeting during my time as an apprentice. We had a great discussion about the Northern Powerhouse in my interview and I wasn’t afraid to ask for more northern based events – I can’t wait to find out what is on the agenda.

Jonathan officially starts his role on 1 November when he will attend the Presidential Address. Keep an eye out for more blogs from Jonathan about his experience throughout the year.

To find out more about the Civil projects that Cundall is working on, click here.

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