UWE Bristol says, 'EA is recruiting more sponsored flood risk engineers'

Issue date: 04 January 2016


Flooded fields

Recent flooding across the UK is proving that we still need to train more engineers with specialist expertise in flood risk management.

UWE Bristol has for the past ten years worked closely with Environment Agency (EA) to tackle the problem by running a course where EA sponsors trainees, who are based in an EA or Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) workplace, as well as spending nine months in full-time study at UWE.

Trainees complete a two-year Foundation Degree in River & Coastal Engineering (RaCE). The degree provides the educational base for EngTech qualification and, from the employers' point of view, provides engineers who have the required flood risk management skills and are ready to hit the ground running.

Jan Warden from UWE Bristol says, “The good news is that EA has extended the current contract in order to recruit trainees from September 2016. The RaCE programme has an excellent reputation within the industry and EA has realised that they need to maintain investment for the future. This is a great opportunity for people to gain a debt-free start to an interesting and stimulating engineering career within flood risk management.

“In a recent article for New Civil Engineer, Mark Hansford, IBP Infrastructure and Construction Writer of the Year, highlighted the fact that flood defence is now largely about community engagement and getting different people with conflicting priorities to band together. He cited the importance of the UWE/EA degree programme, which has seen over 200 graduates going on to work full time on flood risk management.”

Magnus Williams, a Foundation Degree graduate, who was subsequently sponsored to top-up to BSc (Hons) RaCE, is now employed within the Environment Agency. He says, “I have recently changed job roles within the Agency, so have had lots of new challenges. I have implemented the knowledge gained at UWE and I believe the BSc (Hons), and the IEng qualification that goes with it, to be vital underpinning for my future career in engineering.”

Jan Warden concludes, “The need for UWE's degree is now even more relevant with recent severe flooding in the UK.”

To find out more about the River & Coastal Engineering courses at UWE Bristol please visit the course pages.

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