The Federation of Piling Specialists (FPS) has announced that it is supporting development of an apprenticeship degree in engineering geology in conjunction with the University of Portsmouth.
The FPS has also said that is is looking to offer the same level of support to Birmingham University which is currently looking at potential to develop a degree apprenticeship in geotechnical engineering.
“Help is required in the broad development of the course, including what FPS members believe should be included, what direct support is available what sort of numbers of apprentices members are likely to commit to,” said FPS committee member John Chick, who is also business leader at Expanded Geotechnical.
“Both courses will be extremely useful in training the next generation of piling specialists, which is why there is genuine enthusiasm for these courses, as they mix academic disciplines with practical experience on site – real-world experience is so important.
“This format enables apprentices to practise what they have learned as they go and are focussed at producing piling specialists trained in the disciplines required by the industry and employers. They are a great route into the piling industry and also see students paid for their participation, rather than facing the prospect of amassing debt that works to deter entry rather than encourage.”