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Hunt for future engineers taken back to school in North East

15 November 2019

Young engineers from across the North East are being asked to put their skills to the test by representing their schools in a region-wide competition.

Hunt for future engineers taken back to school in North East

Year 7 students, and those in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) clubs, from North East schools are invited to enter the annual Inspire competition.

Teams that enter the competition have to produce a two-minute video on ‘what is sustainable engineering?’ and answer the question, ‘how does civil engineering affect you today?’.

Entries will be assessed by a panel of professional engineers, and qualifying teams will be invited to participate in a practical day, where they will work as real-life civil engineers to complete a construction project.


The winning team will receive £500 for their school and a £50 voucher for each team member. The winners of the 2018/19 competition were a group from Berwick Middle School.

Penny Marshall, Regional Director for ICE in the North East, said: “Our annual Inspire initiative is always a fantastic showcase of the engineers of the future and a fun, engaging way to learn about the discipline.

“In order to meet future demand for skills across our industry, it’s vital that we ensure there are enough enthusiastic young people who will take up the engineering mantle and deliver the infrastructure projects for many years to come.”

This year, the competition is being supported by Balfour Beatty, Costain, Capita, Bam Nuttall and Cundall.

How to enter

To enter, a registration form must be completed. Completed forms should be emailed to [email protected] before the deadline on 20 December 2019.

  • Joanne Stephenson, communications lead at ICE