Call for action on construction skills shortage in Northern Ireland
Civil engineering apprenticeships must be introduced to ensure key infrastructure projects are delivered in Northern Ireland, it has been claimed.
The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has said an apprenticeship programme will help match demand and combat an undersupply of civil engineers.
Richard Kirk, regional director of the ICE, said apprentices could start working after their GCSEs with no debt and a "clear pathway to highest professional levels within our industry".
A civil engineering apprenticeship is one of 10 recommendations in the ICE NI's manifesto for 2016, which was launched this week.
Other recommendations include introducing domestic water charging by May 2019 and delivering both the North-South interconnector for electricity and a publicly-owned 'energy from waste' facility by May 2021.