Help inspire 16-17 year olds about civil engineering careers

ICE is launching a special initiative this year to reach more 16-17 year olds studying maths in the UK and tell them about great careers in civil engineering. We need ICE members to deliver careers presentations in local schools and colleges – could you help?

ICE ambassadors working with young people on the ICE stand at Big Bang Fair.
ICE ambassadors working with young people on the ICE stand at Big Bang Fair.

You might already be a registered STEM Ambassador, or perhaps you're interested in working with young people in the future but haven't put yourself forward yet – either way, if you feel confident at engaging with people and want to help, we'd love to hear from you. Please get in touch at [email protected].

Why sixth forms / 17 year olds?

Although the number of young people showing interest in engineering careers has increased in recent years, applications for civil engineering appear to be decreasing.

The number of UK students applying to study civil engineering at undergraduate level fell by 19% from 2010/11 to 2014/15. During the same time, applications for mechanical engineering grew by 21% and for chemical engineering by 89%.

Why is this campaign important?

By engaging with young people when they're making university and apprenticeship choices we're hoping to make a measurable difference to application numbers. We're aiming to engage with 50 schools in 2018 and in doing so, also hope to learn more about when and how to inspire young people about careers.

What do the careers sessions involve?

We've produced a 'delivery pack' which will contain all the information you'll need to deliver a civil engineering careers session to sixth formers. This will include:

  • A PowerPoint presentation
  • Selection of short 'hands-on' activity plans to choose from
  • Evaluation forms for the participants
  • An alternative format for a careers fair type of event (as opposed to classroom session)

If you're already regularly delivering education sessions you might have some materials of your own you want to use – that's fine with us. The main thing we'd ask is to make sure we get feedback on the session so we can learn from it.

Get involved

We need ICE engineers and student members across the UK to pick up the baton to deliver sessions in nearby schools and colleges – this term, and in autumn 2018 and beyond. If you're outside the UK and want to deliver a careers session in a school near to you then that would be great too. Contact us at [email protected] to get involved.