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If you're thinking about a career in civil engineering, or would like to find out more about it, ICE is here to help.

We can give advice and guidance if you're wondering what subjects to study at school, college or university.

We also provide resources and support for teachers, and other people looking to promote civil engineering.

ICE London has a wide range of materials for people living in the region and working with local schools and colleges.

Looking for inspiring resources to use in school?

We have a comprehensive range of resources aimed at all student ages to help you show and explain what civil engineering is, why it's important and what you need to do to become a civil engineer.

These activities have been designed to be done in the home using house-hold items for ages 4 upwards, with add-on challenges for 11-16s and 16-18s. Some parental supervision required.

So, if you want an activity for a class or club - something hands-on, that's tried and tested – you'll find it here.

Education & resources

Tomorrow's Engineers logo

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

Tomorrow's Engineers

In your region

Find out more about how we've been working with organisations across South East England to promote civil engineering to young people.

Want to get involved?

ICE members attended 57 STEM careers events and engaged with more than 3,350 school children in the South East last year.

To celebrate Tomorrow's Engineers Week, ICE members took part in a talk explaining what engineers do at Chalfont Community College, a careers speed networking event at The Downs School and an interactive careers fair at Addington School. Tomorrow's Engineers Week is a campaign organised by industry and the government to raise the profile of engineering and help young people find out about the exciting and rewarding careers the industry has to offer.

ICE South East members also run interactive stands at various events which have included: the Brighton Science Festival, Big Bang Fairs to promote science, technology, engineering and maths, Teen Tech events, the SATRO Festival and the Solent Skills Festival.

ICE members volunteer their time to talk about civil engineering at careers fairs at a number of South East schools which have included: Cherwell School, Royal Grammar School, Little Heath School, Maiden Erlegh, Claverham Community College, Portsmouth Grammar School, Magdalen College School, Edgbarrow School, Ashford School, Aylesford School and Reading Girls School.

Want to get involved?

ICE South East is always looking for more ambassadors, and to visit new schools. If you'd like to become an ambassador, or need help organising an engineering event at your school, then please email [email protected].

Inspire the next generation

Highlighting some of the projects in your region

We showcase projects across the region, promoting civil engineers' work in in the fields of transport, energy, water, flooding and waste.

Reading Station Southwest Interchange

Reading Borough Council has two new public transport interchanges and public squares. They're situated north and south of Reading Station and compliment major improvements that are being made to the station itself.

The project provides new high-quality public spaces and public transport facilities for the growing number of people using the expanded station and surrounding area.

Work has also been completed on Station Hill to the south of Reading Station. A 1937 reinforced concrete podium structure, originally built to raise the road to the same as the tracks, has been partially demolished to create a split level south-west interchange and level access to the refurbished subway that runs under the station.

A new set of public steps now joins the upper and lower levels following significant ground improvement works, utility diversions and a new 5m-deep surface water sewer. A ramp was constructed by Network Rail between interchange levels and 25 new trees were planted.

The upper public square adjoining the new station building, 1980s Station concourse and original Grade II listed station building (now the Three Guineas Pub) has also been transformed. It provides a high-quality public space linking Reading Station with the town centre and nearby development sites.

Facilities to the north of the station provide a new public transport interchange, bus lanes, upgraded pedestrian and cycle routes, and a gateway to the new Network Rail northern station entrance.

Kings Road Arches

The Kings Road Arches on Brighton's seafront were built in 1880. They support the seafront promenade and Kings Road, and are a vital part of the city's seafront infrastructure. The buildings have been unoccupied since 1991 due to their poor and deteriorating condition.

Brighton & Hove City Council wants to transform the arches into a dynamic new artists and artisans 'quarter' on the seafront, as part of a wider programme to revitalise that area of the beach.

With 30,000 vehicles a day using the road, the new design has to be much stronger than the original, to meet current safety regulations. However, it must be contained within the same space as the original structure.

The new arches design will be a major piece of structural civil engineering - effectively a new structural section of road separating the sea and the town. It also represents a significant piece of architecture as it will carefully replicate the previous building’s brickwork.

Kings Road arches, Brighton

The arches along Brighton seafront, originally built in 1880

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.

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