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National Highway Engineering Academy (NHEA)

nheaThe IHE is establishing a new virtual national academy offering industry-led training in highway engineering.

Our online academy will deliver the qualifications, skills and knowledge demanded by the highways industry and in short-supply today.

The new IHE Highway Engineering Academy will be a training hub for the next generation of highway professionals.

We’ll also be offering qualified engineers and technicians the training to refine and upgrade their skill set for working within the highways industry.

IHE’s new national highway engineering academy will offer: 

  • Academic qualifications in highway engineering disciplines;
  • Highways industry knowledge, expertise and skills;
  • Industry-led training to ensure students are getting the highways engineering skills employers want;
  • Apprenticeship opportunities and hands-on experience;
  • Knowledge sharing with respected industry experts.

The virtual academy will be hosted by the IHE, who will work alongside the All Party Parliamentary Group on Highway Maintenance (APPG) to offer a full spectrum of training opportunities.

IHE’s new academy will train a dedicated workforce with the specialist skills and expertise the highways industry needs to build the UK’s road network.

The academy is due to launch in early 2016. Contact secretary@theihe.org for more information.

About the NHEA

The NHEA aims to address the skills gap within the highway engineering sector.  It’s academic activities will include:

  • Providing life long career profile for highways practitioners
  • Signposting quality highway professional development opportunities
  • Monitoring and addressing highways sector skills needs
  • Accrediting learning and training
  • Commissioning and promoting PGDip/PDCert in Highway Engineering
  • Promoting the highway engineering profession
  • Promoting professional registration
  • Providing registers for competent highway engineers

The NHEA is hosted by the IHE, who offer a full spectrum of training opportunities. The NHEA’s Interim Governance Board consists of Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, 2 Executive Board Members, Industry Corporate Partners and an Academic Representative.

Why our new national academy is important

The IHE is alarmed by the skills shortage within the highways sector and we’re taking action to address it.

The aim of IHE’s new national highway engineering academy is to train a dedicated workforce with the specialist skills and expertise the industry needs to build the UK’s road network.

The Government’s National Infrastructure Plan for Skills published in September 2015 highlighted the scale of the UK’s projected skills gap in engineering.

According to the report, the total projected expenditure in roads from 2015/16 to 2020/21 is forecast at £30 billion.

With investment rising to nearly £6 billion per annum by the end of the decade, this equates to a workforce of over 60,000 people.

New technologies such as Smart Motorways have had an impact on the highways industry which has historically drawn on traditional construction skills.

This has resulted in the need for a broader range of engineering and technical skills to deliver the government’s future investment plans.

Next Steps

Having considered the NHEA you should first complete a career assessment application form and indicate your immediate objective – return to secretary@theihe.org

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