ICE President's Apprentices Scheme 2010

The President’s Apprentice Scheme 2009-2010

Harnessing the energy of young engineers to provide infrastructure for a better world

If engineering is to deliver the best possible outcomes to society, engineers must understand their role in the wider field of development, and shape their work and contribution accordingly.

As key implementers, we must produce an action based plan to meet the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
2. Achieve universal primary education
3. Promote gender equality and empower women
4. Reduce child mortality
5. Improve maternal health
6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
7. Ensure environmental sustainability
8. Develop a global partnership for development

“The key to sustainable development in Africa that is, development that does not rely indefinitely on foreign aid is the creation of infrastructure. Part of this is a purely physical matter: a question of civil engineering” Sir David King (formerly UK Chief Scientific Advisor)

The MDGs depend critically on the delivery and the processes of delivery of the underpinning infrastructure upon which civilisation depends, infrastructure that delivers real, pro poor outcomes in its planning, construction and operation.

The 2004 Presidential Commission ‘Engineering without Frontiers’, and the 2006 ICE Brunel International Lecture affirmed that the engineering profession has a clear role and responsibility to work, with others, towards the achievement of the MDGs. 

For more information please contact:

Paul Jowitt
t  +44 (0)131 451 3143 

Daphne Guthrie
t  +44 (0)20 7665 2026 


The President’s Apprentice Scheme for 2009 2010 provides an intensive, professional development programme addressing infrastructure for international development. It will be supported by key engineering organisations and other professionals operating on a pro bono basis. The breadth and depth of this programme is beyond any single company training scheme.

The programme will include professional development activity on topics such as:

  • Programme and project management
  • International development issues
  • Delivery of capital projects
  • Development financing models
  • Sustainable development and infrastructure
  • Procurement issues
  • Anti corruption measures and security
  • Local capacity and skills development
  • Climate change adaption and mitigation
  • Governance and partnership models

This experience will involve active participation in the production of an engineers’ toolkit/handbook (available to all engineers after its launch in October 2010) entitled ‘An Engineering Project Delivery Plan for International Development and the UN MDGs’. 

The President’s Apprentice Scheme is available to selected outstanding graduate engineers, up to six from the UK and Europe and six from ICE’s other international regions, brought together in an ambitious professional development initiative to increase the awareness and capability of international development among these professionals. The profile of the chosen President's Apprentices are available on the ICE website

The programme will be delivered in three professional development sessions in 2009/2010. Starting in the UK after the President’s inauguration in November 2009, followed by Durban, South Africa and the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, to coincide with ICE Presidential visits. The apprentices will visit local infrastructure and development projects and also shadow the President during other activities.