West Midlands - education

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ICE West Midlands organises and takes part in educational events for people aged under 19. These events help young people understand what civil engineering is and encourage them to think about a career in the profession.

Our activities are organised by the Education and Inspiration Committee chaired by Jo Haskins.

Why volunteer?

Jo Haskins' story
Gbenga Olutodun's story
George Charalambous's story
Alison Horton's story

Enthusiastic ambassadors are always needed to help out at events, whether it's manning a stand at a careers fair, or helping to run a classroom activity. To find out more, contact us at: ice.westmidlands@ice.org.uk or follow us on Twitter: @ICEeducateMids.

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

We carry out a range of activities with schools across the region to help promote understanding of civil engineering and inspire young people. If you've got a question or want to arrange a visit then let us know.

Upcoming Events

Minecraft challenge

Gbenga Oludotun, ICE West Midlands volunteer and Education and Inspiration Committee member, has created a new Minecraft challenge to help children make the link between their favourite online game and the world of civil engineering.

Kids queued up at this year's Big Bang at Coventry Ricoh Arena to take part in the challenge. Their teachers said they'd never seen them so focused on an activity!

Boys and girls aged between 8 and 12 were given a set of virtual materials and asked to use their imaginations to build a bridge; harbour or structure using a set of Minecraft tools and materials in a mini virtual environment set up by Gbenga. Many of them were very familiar with Minecraft and knew more about it than Gbenga a civil engineer with a penchant for video games, however he was able to help them make the connection between the game and the real world of civil engineering.

Minecraft challenge

Gbenga, said: "The project aims to find out how children interact with the game and what they can achieve from it. We are hoping to develop it further and roll out as a mini-competition to schools in the region and, hopefully across the UK."

Comments from children who took part in the activity confirmed that it had made them want to know more about civil engineering as a career.

The Education and Inspiration Committee plan to roll out the Minecraft activity for use in local schools, as a novel way to engage children in the world of civil engineering.

To find out more about educational activities in the West Midlands contact us at: ice.westmidlands@ice.org.uk or 0121 2373640.

ICE educational activities are kindly sponsored by WM Longreach

WM Longreach

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

Birmingham Gateway

Civil engineers have been using their skills to transform Birmingham New Street station and its surroundings. Network Rail says "The redeveloped Birmingham New Street station opened its doors to passengers on 20 September 2015 after a five-year, £750m transformation.

Boasting an iconic new atrium over a huge passenger concourse - five times the size of London Euston's - the station has been rebuilt while trains continued to run as normal for the 170,000 passengers a day who use it.

With brighter, de-cluttered platforms, improved entrances, a range of new facilities and an abundance of natural light over the new concourse, Birmingham New Street, one of Britain's busiest inter-change stations, is also a retail destination in its own right.

The new station will feature 43 shops at concourse level and above it sits the new Grand Central shopping complex, including one of the UK's largest John Lewis department stores.

The 450,000 sq ft shopping destination will create more than 1,000 jobs and is expected to attract more than 50 million visitors a year.

Find out more about the development

Birmingham Gateway - courtesy of Network Rail
Birmingham Gateway redevelopment - picture from Network Rail

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 UK 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

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Becoming a member of ICE offers you a wealth of benefits, from access to free resources like our Ask Brunel service (get an answer to any civil engineering question!), to a free subscription to New Civil Engineer (NCE) magazine.

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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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