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Inspiration Series for 16 to 18 year olds launched



[edit] Introduction

A new series of online careers talks is now available for students aged 16 to 18. By engaging with schools and young people virtually, the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) will have the opportunity to inspire more young people than ever before.

ICE has learnt from the success of its first virtual events to this age group. The organisation is excited by the opportunity to inspire larger numbers in every session - aiming to engage with 1,000 students in autumn 2020 in at least 100 schools.

[edit] Taking students on a careers journey

The ICE Inspiration Series will take students on a journey of learning. The programme will cover:

  • The reasons for becoming a civil engineer.
  • The kinds of roles they can do.
  • The best ways to study and begin their career.

Students and schools can also choose to watch individual events in the series or the whole series, as suits their needs.

The events will cater for those with little or no prior knowledge of civil engineering as well as providing more information for those young people who are already interested in applying to university or college. Attendees will also be able to ask the presenting panel any burning questions.

In line with the organisation's safeguarding policy, all the events are hosted and moderated by ICE STEM ambassadors and ICE staff members with current Disclosure Barring Service checks.

[edit] Ensuring future skills

ICE has been focusing its efforts on engaging older school pupils for several years in order to address a decline in applications to university courses for civil engineering. Much previous work has been done to raise awareness of the STEM gap and the value of careers in STEM, and now there are many more young people taking maths A level and other STEM subjects.

However, there is still more that needs to be done to ensure that the civil engineering industry has a healthy number of qualified and motivated career starters going forward. The Inspiration Series, bookable from the ICE events website, is aimed at supporting this initiative.

This article originally appeared on the ICE under the title, "ICE Inspiration Series for 16-18s launched". It was written by Kathryn Denham-Maccioni and published on 1 September 2020.

--The Institution of Civil Engineers

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