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 scheme which boasts unique opportunities to gain experience, develop skills and further enhance knowledge of the industry.
This year’s President, Professor Tim Broyd, whose expertise lies in BIM and digital technology, announced the team of apprentices earlier this month. Eight individuals across the globe were selected as the calibre of applications was so high.
Jonathan applied for the position earlier this year by submitting an application form, CV and a response to the President’s question “Civil Engineering shapes the world and digital engineering is shaping civil engineering. How can we use that technology to make a different for industry, government and for society?”
Jonathan’s role will include attending ICE events, meeting senior industry people and joining the President on regional visits. The apprentices will also select one of several projects to help make a real contribution to the profession. Policy based projects include contributing to ICE's flagship State of the Nation report, and National Needs Assessment work. Public engagement projects include inspiring the next generation of engineer and changing the public perception of engineering. Industry change projects include opportunities for industry evolution in Digital Engineering and changing industry attitudes to diversity.
At the end of the President’s 12 month term, Jonathan will automatically become part of the President’s Apprentice alumni network which provides opportunities to engage and network with a dynamic peer group for the rest of their career.
Jonathan Smith commented “I am really excited to have been chosen to support the President. Doing work that has a positive impact on people’s lives is really exciting and the opportunity to help answer key civil engineering questions at a policy level so early in my career is a real privilege. I am looking forward to applying what I learn at ICE to my role at Cundall and sharing what I learn with all my colleagues.”
Lee French, Associate, commented “Jonathan has developed rapidly since joining Cundall in 2015 showing great drive and determination in his role as Graduate Engineer. I had no hesitation in putting Jonathan forward for the ICE President’s Apprentice Scheme and hope that this experience will be of huge benefit to Jonathan as he progresses in his career at Cundall.”