Calling all young engineers - sign up for MERIT competition 2021

The annual ICE-supported tournament is an exciting, team training experience which challenges participants to run a simulated construction company. Since its inception, over 30,000 young engineers have participated in MERIT games.

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This year's MERIT (Management, Enterprise, Risk, Innovation and Teamwork) competition for young engineers is now open for registration.

The web-based computer simulation allows young engineering professionals operating in groups of four, acting as a board of directors and managers, to run their own construction company. 

Taking part is great preparation for future roles in industry, with opportunities for participants to learn about company, business, and financial management.

The game gives participants the opportunity to learn more about themselves and about the industry they're working in. From people skills to the practicalities of managing a business, the competition encourages young engineers to challenge their thinking and their approach, providing an opportunity to experience higher-level decision making in senior management roles.

Taking part in the competition also encourages young engineers to explore alternative ways in which to approach challenges and tasks they may face.

What does the competition involve?

MERIT 2021 has been set up to model a construction industry operating in an economy emerging from a recession, with up-to-date bank interest rates and charges, and current corporation tax.

Learning to survive as a construction business in tough market conditions with fierce competition is the knowledge especially needed by our industry executives right now. 

After completing eight rounds simulating two years of trading, the top six teams will be invited to experience a further two years of simulated business trading in the MERIT 2021 final. The winning team will be presented with ICE’s silver trophy salver and named the 2021 MERIT Champions.

How do I take part?

To register for MERIT 2021, visit

Complete the Team Details form and this will be entered into the MERIT system. Your team will receive an email detailing your login and password for the MERIT website. Log into the website, download and install the Team Module software, and get trialling!

Key Dates in 2021

January Registration opens. Teams of four can register their interest
15 March Trialling beings. This will allow the registered teams to run trials and gain feedback that will help them understand the issues they're dealing with.
15 April – 9 June Game time. This will be one round per week, with results presented the next day. In this phase, each team is competing against the simulation.
28 June – 8 July Final. This year’s will be an online final, in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. The final will comprise a further eight rounds. It will be more competitive than the earlier rounds, with each of the finalists competing against the simulation and the other teams in the final.

2020 competition

Some 72 teams took part in the Early Years stages of MERIT 2020, with six of the leading teams then being invited to take part in the final, where they competed against each other for a place in the last six rounds.

Starting with a strong foothold from the Early Years, team 'Spectre' from Atkins India led throughout the final.

MERIT 2020 was the 30th edition of the annual game, supported by the Institution of Civil Engineers' management board, as well as by the Chartered Institute of Building and the Construction Industry Training Board.

To find out more and to register for MERIT 2021, visit