Students at Teesside University are to benefit from a new partnership with the oldest professional engineering institution in the world.
The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University which commits both organisations to working together to deliver mutually beneficial goals regarding the training and professional development of the next generation of civil engineers.
The academic partnership was formalised at a Celebration of Apprenticeship event held at Teesside University in conjunction with ICE as part of National Apprenticeship Week.
The event was attended by more than 50 people including employers, apprentices, students, members from the professional bodies, and the local authorities.
Apprentices also gave presentations about projects they are working on with their employers in front of a judging panel including representatives from ICE, Teesside University and Tees Valley Combined Authority. The winning presentation was awarded a certificate and prize.
Sean Harris, Director of Memberships at ICE said Teesside University was one of only 25 institutions to have an academic partnership with ICE.
Teesside’s work to develop apprentice civil engineers as well as its teaching quality and commitment to sustainability were the reasons why it was chosen to be one of the academic partners, he said.
He added: “This is a reciprocal arrangement between our two organisations. We know that engineers leaving Teesside University will be leaving at the correct level with the skills employers want.
“Teesside University students will be able to benefit from the support and networks of our organisation which has more than 95,000 members in 155 countries.”
The academic partnership will see Teesside University and ICE supporting each other on a number of ventures such as work placements, mentoring, professional development and curriculum support.
Professor Chrisina Jayne, Dean of the School of Computing, Engineering & Digital Technologies, said: “We already enjoy a strong working relationship with ICE so we’re delighted to formalise this relationship.
“Ensuring that our graduates are equipped with the right skills to succeed and make an impact in the workplace is a vital part of Teesside University’s mission.
“Working in partnership with ICE will help us deliver a fantastic student and learning experience for our students while boosting their employment credentials.”
For more information on civil engineering courses at Teesside University visit www.tees.ac.uk/schools/scedt