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ICE inspires the next generation of engineer for Tomorrow’s Engineers Week

19 November 2019

A host of activities took place to support the programme designed to encourage young people to consider a career in engineering. 

ICE inspires the next generation of engineer for Tomorrow’s Engineers Week

ICE volunteers and staff have been participating in activities across the country to support this year’s Tomorrow’s Engineers Week.

Led by the engineering community, the Tomorrow's Engineers programme provides a platform for employers to work effectively with schools to inspire more young people to consider a career in engineering.

Now in its seventh year, the #TEWeek19 campaign aims to change perceptions of engineering among young people, their parents and teachers and to inspire future engineers.

This year’s theme, ‘Engineer on a Mission’, aimed to show how engineers from across all sectors are dedicating their careers to contributing to society.

The Big Assembly

ICE Future leader almunus Bryn Noble and member Natalie Cheung were ICE’s representatives at this year’s Big Assembly event, broadcast live to schools across the country.

The Big Assembly is a live digital broadcast showcasing inspirational young engineers discussing their careers. Its interactive format allows students and teachers to participate in real time with questions and answers.

Regional activities

With the help of ICE’s network of STEM Ambassadors, activities took place across the country.

At the Hive, Wirral Youth Zone, a giant tetrahedron building challenge took place, led by ICE member Joanna Bateman, who also gave a talk about engineering at Weatherhead High School.

Events also took place across Wales including Engineering Team Challenges at the National Botanical Gardens in Pembrokeshire, St. Fagan’s Castle, the ICC in Newport, Principality Stadium and at the Waterfront Museum in Swansea.

Among the activities that took place in the South East, ICE Vice President for Membership Ed McCann gave a talk to students at Isleworth & Syon School in London, while ICE supported a careers fair at the Winchester Science Festival.

In the Midlands, ICE STEM Ambassadors hosted a STEM workshop at Enginuity in the Ironbridge Gorge Museums, Coalbrookdale.

ICE Scotland hosted an Invisible Superheroes event at Glasgow Science Centre, while in Northern Ireland a Bridges to Schools event took place in Omagh.

At the Royal Belfast Academical Institution, ICE member John Ryan gave an inspirational talk to pupils.

ICE supported the event across the week on social media too with profiles, films, images and content designed to inspire the next generation of civil engineer. ICE member and Invisible Superhero Hiba Khan was also featured in her very own film on the Tomorrow’s Engineers website.

ICE Director of Membership, Seán Harris said: “ICE is proud of its close involvement in developing and delivering the Tomorrow’s Engineers programme over a number of years, through our work with schools and colleges across the UK.

"Our network of 2,500 inspirational STEM ambassadors continue to visit schools and colleges up and down the country to deliver inspirational talks and practical demonstrations of civil engineering; our national and regional teams regularly inspire young people through attending careers fairs and national events such as the Big Bang Fair.

"In 2020 we will target the 16-18 cohort, with a view to increasing applications to FE and HE institutions; put simply, we need more young people to choose apprenticeships or degrees (or both) in civil engineering if we are to meet demand for skilled workers in the built environment.

“We will continue to work with educators and influencers to inspire the next generation of civil engineer.”

Find out more about a career in civil engineering

Our ‘What is civil engineering?’ pages contain lots of information about a career in civil engineering, from learning more about what civil engineers do, to providing help and guidance on the skills and qualifications needed by civil engineers.

Get involved

For details on how you can help us to inspire young people visit our ICE Ambassadors page.

  • Simon Barney, head of communications at ICE