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01 October 2014

LOR engineer becomes ICE President's Apprentice

Laing O’Rourke civil engineer, Michelle Roche, has been awarded the post of ICE President’s Apprentice.

Along with five other successful candidates, Michelle will hold the title for 12 months during which she will gain a valuable insight into the institution at a senior level.

Working closely with the ICE president, David Balmforth, Michelle and her fellow apprentices will be tasked with completing a specific project aimed at taking the profession forward. The theme for 2014/15 is ‘civil engineering: fit for the future’.

Together they will consider the role of civil engineering in tomorrow’s world, examining the global mega-trends challenging both society and the infrastructure that supports it. The team will be asked to propose ways the institution (and the profession in general) can address these issues – reflecting, at the same time, on the enormous social impact of civil engineering in the Victorian era.

As part of her learning, Michelle will also attend a series of individual and group sessions with the president – alongside a number of high-profile ICE events, where she will have the opportunity to meet senior industry people, politicians and others.

On accepting the honour, Michelle said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for me to understand the inner workings of the ICE and contribute to shaping the future of civil engineering. I am excited about being a President’s Apprentice and having the chance to gain new skills and experiences along the way”.

Describing the scheme, David said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to experience how the institution is working to make a difference to the professional lives of civil engineers across the world. As well as learning from the leaders of the profession, successful candidates will be able to make their own personal contributions to taking our great profession forward”.

About Michelle

Michelle joined Laing O’Rourke in 2013 as a site engineer on the Riverlight project. She is now based in Dartford as part of the knowledge management team, where she is responsible for improving how the business shares learning and best practice. She graduated in 2013, with a first-class honours degree in civil and environmental engineering from University College Cork, Ireland.

About the scheme

The ICE President’s Apprentice scheme is open to technician and graduate members working towards professional qualification. Successful candidates will be enthusiastic, articulate and knowledgeable – and passionate about challenging the status quo.

Applications for next year open in August 2015.


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