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Sweco - Employer Case Study

Sweco UK is a leading engineering, environmental and design consultancy that plans and designs the communities and cities of the future. The company prides itself on always being one step ahead.

With 12 UK offices, the firm is renowned for creating sustainable buildings, efficient infrastructure and delivering access to clean water.

Sweco has sent its Apprentices to Leeds College of Building for the last six years, and there are currently four Sweco Apprentices studying at the College on a day release basis.

Neil Willis, Learning and Development Business Partner from Sweco says: “We chose Leeds College of Building as our training provider in 2011 after looking at a number of options. Since then we have sent eight Apprentices to the College, four of whom are halfway through their qualifications now. We have been very impressed by the quality of the training on offer and have lots of confidence in the knowledge base and capabilities of the lecturers and support staff.”

The four Sweco Apprentices are completing the Level 3 Civil Engineering Apprenticeship, which takes between two to three years to complete.

Brian Duffy, Faculty Director for the Faculty of Built Environment & Engineering Services at Leeds College of Building says: “The Level 3 Civil Engineering Technician Apprenticeship covers the underlying mathematics and science in construction and engineering and how forces act on structures such as steel framed buildings. It also looks at sustainable construction and design, the principles of highway construction, surveying and public health engineering, so its wide-spanning subject matter makes it very relevant to employers like Sweco.

“During the course apprentices learn how to apply critical reasoning and analysis techniques to solve built environment and engineering problems using industry standards and appropriate codes of practice. Generally 12 modules must be completed including civil engineering construction, science and materials, structural mechanics and site surveying procedures, as well as health, safety and welfare and further mathematics. An additional on-site aspect requires each of the apprentices to demonstrate competence in the workplace by achieving key developmental objectives in line with the requirements of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

Neil adds: “These complex courses require a considerable amount of dedication and hard-work. They are skill specific and our apprentices are all working hard to achieve these relevant qualifications, whilst working on a number of interesting projects within the business.

“Apprenticeships work really well for our business. Our people are given access to first-rate, up-to-date training, whilst gaining valuable experience at work. We would definitely recommend the College to other businesses.”

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