Callum’s ‘Quest’ for an ICE Scholarship

27 January 2021

Callum Crossland, a Level 3 Civil Engineering Apprentice Technician, has been awarded a coveted Quest scholarship from the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE).

The 20 year old from Kirkbymoorside is training to become a qualified Rail Civil Engineer at Jacobs UK Ltd.

He was encouraged to apply to the flagship scholarship, which includes a £1000 bursary, by Northern Skills Group Assessor Stewart Plummer.

Stewart commented: “I suggested Callum put himself forward because the standard of his work is always to an exceptional standard and he has a fantastic attitude towards his career.”

Callum progressed into his apprenticeship following the completion of his A Levels.

He commented: “I was drawn to the apprenticeship route as I wanted to gain experience working on real life projects. 

“Earning money and gaining independence with no student debt is also a huge benefit to choosing an apprenticeship, rather than going down the traditional university route.”

Callum’s role involves performing bridge assessments to assess their condition, and using computer-aided design to come up with solutions to problems.

Callum said: “I was inspired by to pursue a career in this sector by record breaking structures such as the Humber Bridge designed by Bernard Wex.

“The staff at Northern Skills Group have been a huge support, I have regular meetings with my Assessor to check and monitor my progress and discuss any problems which I may have at work.”

As part of the shortlisting process for the QUEST scholarship, Callum was invited to an interview where he was required to demonstrate a range of skills including team work, ambition and determination.

Callum said: “The scholarship is a huge boost to my CV and has given me the confidence and motivation to pursue a rewarding career in this sector.

“My next goal in to achieve chartered status with the Institute of Civil Engineering (ICE).”

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