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ICE Wales Cymru supports activities that help get young people interested in civil engineering.

Looking for inspiring resources to use in school?

We have a range of multimedia resources for teachers, careers advisers, parents, and volunteer ICE ambassadors.

So if you want an activity for a class or club – something hands-on, that's tried and tested – you'll find it here. We also have PowerPoint presentations, videos, careers information and useful links to lots more.

Browse through and download the schools resources you need

ICE also works with Tomorrow's Engineers, which provides clear information on careers in engineering. The Tomorrow's Engineers careers materials:

  • Are mainly aimed 11 to 14-year-olds
  • Show what young people can achieve by studying maths and physics
  • Tell you about the huge range of careers available in engineering
  • Explain the different ways to get an engineering career

Find out more about Tomorrow's Engineers

In your region

Need help planning your lessons? Thinking about visiting a school?

We have a range of resources for teachers and those wanting to visit schools that help explain the role of civil engineering and inspire young learners.

Bridge to Schools

Pupils from across Wales have participated in Bridges to Schools

ICE visits schools across Wales to give young people the chance to build miniature version of the Second Severn Crossing.

Using our model cable-stayed bridges, children experience bridge building at first-hand, while wearing hard hats, high-vis vests, gloves and goggles. After the bridges have been built, each child gets the chance to walk across and test their engineering skills.

The activity is mainly aimed at primary schools, but we can also arrange visits to secondary schools. Each bridge-building session is presented by an engineer, with support from ICE 'construction ambassadors'. Bridge to Schools is organised in partnership with ConstructionSkills Wales, Careers Wales and Mid Glamorgan Education Business Partnership.

To find out more or to arrange a visit to your school, please download the Bridge to Schools leaflet.

Engineering Team Challenge

This is an engineering competition for secondary school pupils. The aim of the scheme is to encourage Year 9 (14 year old) students in South Wales to consider a career in engineering.

It's run by the ICE Wales Cymru Graduates and Students Committee, with sponsorship from local engineering companies. The scheme is run in conjunction with Tomorrow's Engineers Week.

North Wales Team Challenge

This activity promotes engineering, construction, manufacturing and technology careers for students aged over 16. ICE Wales Cymru North Wales Branch helps organise the event.

If you'd like to find out more about these activities, please contact Keith Jones, Director of ICE Wales Cymru, on 029 2063 0561 or email keith.jones@ice.org.uk

Interested in helping?

If you think you could help inspire the next generation of engineers, then we want to hear from you!

We're always on the look out for new Ambassadors to visit schools and help enthuse children across the region.

If you're interested we want to hear from you.

Find out more and register your interest

The Millennium Stadium

The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff is the national stadium of Wales. It's the home of the Wales national rugby union team and the Wales national football team also plays matches there. Initially built to host the 1999 Rugby World Cup, it's gone on to stage many other large-scale events, such as the Tsunami Relief concert, the Super Special Stage of Wales Rally Great Britain, the Speedway Grand Prix of Great Britain, and numerous music concerts.

The Millennium Stadium is owned by Millennium Stadium plc which is a subsidiary company of the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU). The stadium was designed by a team led by architects Bligh Lobb Sports Architecture. WS Atkins were the structural engineers, and the building contractor was Laing. The total construction cost of the stadium was £121 million of which the Millennium Commission funded £46 million.

The stadium opened in June 1999, and the first major event to be held was an international rugby union match on 26 June 1999, when Wales beat South Africa in a friendly by 29–19, in front of a test crowd of 29,000. With total seating capacity of 74,500, it's the third largest stadium in the Six Nations Championship behind the Stade de France and Twickenham, which is the largest. It's also the second largest stadium in the world with a fully retractable roof, and was only the second stadium in Europe to have this feature.

Find our more about the Millennium Stadium

Millennium Stadium in Cardiff
Millennium Stadium in Cardiff

What is civil engineering?

If you want to know more about civil engineering, then you're in the right place. Our What is civil engineering section contains a wealth of information, including:

  • Examples of inspiring civil engineering achievements
  • Interviews - find out what inspired civil engineers to choose their career
  • Profiles of some of the most famous civil engineers to have lived

Find our more about civil engineering

Near you

To help promote civil engineering achievements close to you and across the UK, we're running a campaign called This is Civil Engineering. We're highlighting projects across the Northern Ireland that are helping to improve lives and improve our environment.

Find out more about This is Civil Engineering

What do you need to do to become a civil engineer?

If you're interested in a university or college course in civil engineering, it's important to make sure that the course you choose is 'accredited'. This means that it meets the Engineering Council's quality and curriculum standards.

Having accredited academic qualifications will make it easier for you to become professionally qualified as a chartered engineer (CEng), incorporated engineer (IEng), or engineering technician (EngTech). Use our course search to find accredited courses throughout the UK.

Please see the list below for accredited centres offering engineering degree courses in the region.

Universities

  • Cardiff University
  • Glyndwr University
  • Grwp Llandrillo Menai
  • Swansea Metropolitan University
  • Swansea University
  • University of South Wales

Colleges

  • Bridgend College
  • Coleg Cambria (Deeside College)
  • Coleg Menai

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Careers in civil engineering

If you're thinking about your career options, we're here to help. Our careers section contains a wealth of information on what you need to do to become a civil engineer. You can find out more about the qualifications you'll need, how your career could advance and how we can help you to become a professionally qualified civil engineer

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