An apprenticeship is a great way of learning new skills, networking, gaining valuable work experience and getting qualified all while earning a salary. An apprenticeship is a fantastic way to kick-start a career in Highways and Transportation. You will work on projects that transform lives, gain invaluable experience from knowledgeable colleagues and tutors, and you can earn as you learn.
Our CIHT Careers page is full of useful information to get you started.
Below you will find information on apprenticeships in the highways and transportation sector, how to become an apprentice member with CIHT, information on other apprenticeship opportunities across the UK and testimonial of a former apprentice who has gone on to new heights in their career.
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Transport is part of everyone’s lives; it connects communities and supports the economy. The highways and transportation industry offers an interesting and exciting range of opportunities that allow you to get involved in all aspects of the building, maintenance, operation, design and planning of transport networks.
Apprentice Membership with CIHT is FREE for all highways and transportation apprentices. An apprenticeship is a great way of learning new skills, networking, gaining valuable work experience and getting qualified all while earning a salary. You can work, earn and learn all at the same time!
CIHT is the End Point Assessment Organization for the Level 3 Transport Planning Technician Apprenticeship. We work with dozens of employers and have administered nearly 150 successful End Point Assessments (EPA) on that apprenticeship standard since 2019.
Former Transport Planning apprentice, Amelia Williamson, passed her EPA in 2020 with CIHT and has gone on to new heights in her career as a City Planner in the Transport Strategy & Policy department at TfL.
“I chose to do a Transport Planning apprenticeship because it offered me the opportunity to get real world experience and gain invaluable employability skills in a sector that is part of everything we do.
As part of my apprenticeship, I also achieved the professional qualification of Engineering Technician (EngTech) with CIHT, who continue to provide me with professional development support. I very much appreciate the support that the CIHT continue to provide me after completing my apprenticeship”.
There are several ways that you can find an apprenticeship within the Highways and Transportation sector.
Whether you are an employer looking to hire an apprentice, or you are interested in an apprenticeship role, please see below links to the apprenticeship programs offered across the UK
Apprentice Membership with CIHT is FREE for all highways and transportation apprentices
Level 2 apprenticeships are equivalent to 5 GCSE passes. Level 2 apprenticeships are considered Intermediate apprenticeships and usually take between 12 to 18 months to complete; split between 80% work and 20% study, although this can vary.
To find out more about Level 2 apprenticeships, search for the name of the apprenticeship on the IfATE website
Level 3 apprenticeships are also known as advanced apprenticeships and are generally considered to be equivalent to two A level passes. Level 3 apprenticeships are considered advanced apprenticeships and are a minimum of 12 months long, although the average length is 3 years. When you complete a level 3 apprenticeship, you can go on to complete higher and degree apprenticeships.
To find out more about Level 3 apprenticeships, search for the name of the apprenticeship on the IfATE website
Level 4 apprenticeships are equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree, or a Higher National Certificate (HNC). Level 5 apprenticeships are equivalent to a foundation degree, or a Higher National Diploma (HND). Level 4 apprenticeships are considered higher apprenticeships and can last between 1 to 5 years.
To find out more about Level 4 apprenticeships, search for the name of the apprenticeship on the IfATE website
A Level 6 (Higher) Apprenticeship combines working for an employer with a qualification which is the equivalent to the final year of a bachelor's degree – all while getting paid!
To find out more about Level 6 apprenticeships search for the name of the apprenticeship on the IfATE website
Alternatively, you could do a level 7 (higher) apprenticeship which will give you the equivalent to a Master's degree, Level 7 NVQ, PGCSE or Postgraduate Certificate. Due to the level of this apprenticeship, you will find that you'll be academically challenged when you're working towards your qualification.
To find out more about Level 7 apprenticeships search for the name of the apprenticeship on the IfATE website
Modern Apprenticeships combine working and gaining a qualification and are offered at Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) levels 5 to 7. There are a range of apprenticeships to help you start your career in highways and transportation:
Find out more about these Modern Apprenticeships at: Apprenticeship Scotland
Graduate Apprenticeships combine work with a HND or degree-level qualification, and normally comprise 80% work and 20% study.
Find out more about these Graduate Apprenticeships at: Apprenticeship Scotland
Level 2 is the first level and the one that most new apprentices choose. You can either progress from Level 2 to Level 3 or go straight in at Level 3, depending on your ability and the qualifications you already have. It usually takes up to two years to complete one level and up to four years to finish the two levels depending on their complexity and your ability.
Find out more about these foundation Apprenticeships at: NIDirect.gov.uk
Higher level apprenticeships offer qualifications from Level 4 to Level 8 and will take a minimum of two years to complete. Higher level apprenticeship are available in:
Find out more about these Higher-level Apprenticeships at: NIDirect.gov.uk
There are four separate categories for apprenticeship levels in Wales. Understanding which level you should be applying for is very important. The separate levels start at Level 2 which is the Foundation Level apprenticeships, then Apprenticeship/standard (Level 3), to Higher apprentices (Levels 4 to 7), then Degree level apprentices (Levels 6 to 7).
There are a range of apprenticeships to help you start your career in highways in Wales.
Find out more about these apprenticeships at: Apprenticeships Cymru
Find out more about these apprenticeships at: Apprenticeships Cymru
Whether you are just starting out in your career in highways & transportation or an experienced professional, CIHT can help to support your ongoing professional development.
CIHT provides access to a number of services which can expand your knowledge and practical experience and improve your chances of progression in your chosen career.
If you are an apprentice working in the Highways and Transportation sector, you can join CIHT as an Apprentice Member for FREE, by completing an online form.
CIHT are a hub of information, knowledge and support, if you want more information, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the CIHT Education Team at: email@example.com
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