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Education

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 Wales Cymru 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 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.

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

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 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.

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 [email protected]

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.

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.

Millennium Stadium
Millennium Stadium in Cardiff

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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Opportunities in your region

ICE Wales Cymru has strong links with higher education institution in the region that offers accredited engineering courses.

It's Graduates & Students Committee organises a wide range of events - many of which are free - with universities and colleges to encourage students to join in, and to develop their knowledge and skills.

ICE Wales Cymru has close ties with the following institutions in the region:

Universities

Colleges

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