Bath College and IHE discuss Professional Development

March 13, 2018

The IHE has over the past 18 months developed a series of professional development training courses to enable individuals and organisation to improve their skills, achieve recognition and proceed towards professional registration.

Courses and assessment of competence is now available in the following subject areas:

  • Asset management
  • Highway maintenance
  • Winter Services
  • Cycling Infrastructure design
  • Traffic Sign Design
  • Traffic Signal Design
  • Temporary Traffic Management design
  • Road Safety Engineering
  • Development Management

There are many providers of training within the highway sector and IHE recognises the many opportunities available to individuals and seeks to add the additional value of registration with the Engineering Council at EngTech, IEng and CEng to anyone irrespective of qualifications.

As part of a further strategy to improve ways in which prospective students and employees can be attracted to the sector and how best to develop the careers of those working in the sector. the Institute of Highway Engineers has met with many local employers, SMEs in the Highways sector to develop flexible training opportunities.

A recent meeting with Bath College, Representatives from Bath &North East Somerset Council, and Aggregate Industries considered the well-established Bath Highway course and its ongoing development.

Bath College is one of only a few F.E. colleges nationally which has been successful in securing financial backing from the HEFCE Catalyst Fund to develop Higher Education Courses.

The FAR project, (Flexible & Accelerated Routes) centres on Computing and Civil Engineering HNC/D courses. Working with employers it will enable students to achieve in a shorter period of time as well as helping address local, regional and national skills shortages as identified in the Government’s Industrial Strategy.

Rosaleen Courtney, Contracts and Distance Learning Manager at Bath College says that “There is a skills shortage in the Highways sector and it is important that we develop routes for people to enter the sector and continue to develop their skills.”

“The Highways distance learning courses offered by Bath College are available online and will be updated in line with market needs, which is why it is so important to work cohesively with employers, contractors and the Institute.”

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