Youngsters build bridges to careers

Youngsters from a Gateshead school have been building bridges to future careers in a project to learn more about civil engineering.

Pupils from King’s Meadow School with staff from Balfour Beatty and volunteers
Pupils from King’s Meadow School with staff from Balfour Beatty and volunteers

The two days of activities at King's Meadow School, featured the Institution of Civil Engineers' (ICE) North East's replica cable stayed bridge, as part of Tomorrow's Engineers Week.

The session was led by Ben Adcock, of Balfour Beatty Construction Services, who is part of the team working on the A1 Coal House to MetroCentre improvement scheme, along with a team of volunteer civil engineers.

Tomorrow's Engineers Week aims to change perceptions of engineering among young people, their parents and teachers. It also celebrates everyday engineering heroes who design, create and innovate to improve the lives of people in society.

Penny Marshall, Director, ICE North East, said: "Tomorrow's Engineers Week is an opportunity to engage with young people and those who influence the choices they make in life, to boost their understanding of the opportunities available in engineering.

"The activities we facilitate through the use of the replica bridge and with support from businesses, such as Balfour Beatty Construction Services, educate young people, as well as encouraging the sort of teamwork you would expect in the real world of engineering."

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