Case Study

Work Based Learning:

Civil Engineering

The Civil Engineering profession in Ireland is experiencing a shortage of suitably qualified graduates who work in the industry and ultimately become Chartered Engineers.

The skills shortage in the Civil Engineering profession has been an area of concern for many years. Due to the nature of the profession, it is closely linked to the construction industry, and therefore considered to be volatile and at the mercy of the country’s economic strength. This is not the case; Civil Engineering is so much more. As the name suggests, it is the profession tasked with the creation, improvement and protection of the environment in a sustainable manner, designing, building and maintaining our civilian infrastructure. This encompasses everything from our water/wastewater network, our roads and railways, our energy network and our homes, schools, offices, buildings and hospitals. These are all things we take for granted but would find difficult to live without.


Increase the number of civil engineering graduates in Ireland


Encourage more Leaving Certificate students to pursue a career in Civil Engineering


Design a work-based programme to enable students to get hands on experience of the modules they are studying while in their workplace, giving them a deeper understanding of what they are doing and why they are doing it.


4 standalone apprenticeships being developed with the National Apprenticeship Office.

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