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Education

ICE West Midlands works to promote civil engineering to young people, helping them learn about the profession and supporting those who have chosen to study civil engineering subjects.

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.

Our volunteers are passionate about our industry and want to inspire the next generation of civil engineers. They visit schools to give careers advice and support engineering-themed activities for young people.

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

ICE volunteers visit schools across the region to help young people learn about civil engineering.

The Bridge to Schools programme gives young people first-hand experience of civil engineering, by getting them to construct a 12.5 metre cable-stayed bridge. This provides hands-on experience of bridge building, while wearing hard hats, high-vis vests, gloves and goggles. After the bridge has been built, each participant can walk across and test their engineering skills.

Balancing Bridges activity is intended to shows how civil engineers have to balance forces during the construction of a bridge like the Queensferry crossing (which is a cable-stayed bridge). It also teaches participants how good communication is vital to civil engineers working in teams.

Propping up Pisa uses the famous structure of the Leaning Tower of Pisa to teach participants about the importance of building structures on suitable ground conditions.

To find out more about educational activities in the West Midlands contact us at: [email protected] or +44 (0)121 227 5949.

Our STEM ambassadors also support careers days and provide presentations - to get young people interested in the profession and to inspire the next generation of civil engineers.

Interested in helping?

If you are an ICE member and would like to help inspire the next generation of engineers, then we want to hear from you!

We are always on the lookout for new ICE STEM ambassadors to visit schools and help inspire children across the region.

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.

Worcestershire Parkway

Worcestershire Parkway was the first station to be opened in Worcestershire for over 100 years.

The station brings economic, social and environmental benefits for the region with improved connections for Birmingham, Cardiff, Nottingham and London and the option for additional routes to be added. The station includes a new 500-space car park and facilities for buses, motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians, making the station highly accessible to the residents of Worcestershire.

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.

This station is a showcase of what can be achieved when parties come together with a common ambition and vision, leaving a legacy for the county of Worcestershire for many years to come.

Worcestershire Parkway Station
Worcestershire Parkway Station

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 East of England has strong links with every 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 East of England has close ties with the following institutions in the region:

Universities

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