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Port and Coastal Engineer

Maritime SuperSkills

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Occupational profile

Port and Coastal Engineers are responsible for strategic port and coastal protection planning and management. They are usually qualified in civil engineering, and must also understand the principles of oceanography, geology and other aspects of the marine environment.

Port and Coastal Engineers provide technical expertise in areas such as coastal protection/flood defense structures, coastal erosion and land stabilisation, dredging and reclamation, marine hydrodynamics, offshore and coastal renewables i.e. windfarms, wave and tidal power. They are involved in the design process, undertaking coastal process studies and/or modelling from concept through to detailed design including specifications, Bill of Quantities (BOQs) and drawings.

Developing an apprenticeship standard

Each apprenticeship standard is created by ‘Trailblazer’ groups of employers, interested in the occupation under development. These employer groups work together to develop the standard and the associated assessment plan. There are a number of stages to the process of developing a standard, and each stage is approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships (IFA).

First, an ‘expression of interest’ (EOI) is submitted for approval, describing the occupation and the duties involved. Next, the apprenticeship standard is developed, detailing the knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs) required to become fully competent in the occupation. Finally, an assessment plan is created which describes the assessment methods to be used for each of the KSBs listed. Once all of these stages have been approved, the IFA allocates a funding band for the standard and the standard is ready to use.

The current status for the Port and Coastal Engineer standard is: Trailblazer group being formed

We are actively seeking employers to form this group, please contact us if interested.