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ICE launches virtual work experience for 14-to-18-year-olds

04 August 2023

The free programme is available on-demand and is open to all UK-based students.

ICE launches virtual work experience for 14-to-18-year-olds
Virtual work experience programmes help connect young people to the world of work. Image credit: Shutterstock

The ICE has announced the launch of Civil Engineers: Shaping the World, a virtual work experience programme designed to encourage young people to consider a career in civil engineering.

It also aims to highlight the diverse ways the profession protects people and the planet and help tackle misconceptions about who civil engineers are and what they do.

The programme, open to UK-based students aged 14 to 18 years old, is available for students on-demand.

In total, the work experience takes approximately 10 hours to complete, which can be done at a pace suitable for the students.

Education experts, Springpod, will be hosting the programme on their website, having reached over 200,000 teenagers in the UK already.

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‘A brilliant opportunity for young people to showcase their ideas’

The programme was created with civil engineering technical and commercial expertise volunteered by Blake Scott, an assistant consultant at WSP and one of ICE President Keith Howell’s Future Leaders.

Scott said the virtual work experience programme is a “fantastic” opportunity for young people to engage with the civil engineering industry.

He said: “As a Future Leader, I am excited to work on the programme to ensure that it demonstrates how civil engineers are building a better society using the UN Sustainable Development Goals.”

“This expansion of the ICE’s education activities is a brilliant opportunity for young people to showcase their ideas and potential through the interactive tasks on offer in the programme.”

Scott said he hoped the programme will help increase numbers and diversity of young people entering the profession.

“...we know that young people’s involvement is fundamental to finding solutions to some of society’s most critical issues,” he said.

Find out more about the programme

The ICE education programme

Read more about the ICE’s education programme and how you can get involved as an ICE STEM ambassador.

  • Kathryn Denham-Maccioni, digital engagement manager at ICE