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Video | Song aims to boost civils profession

A Mouchel engineer has written a song to inspire school children into the civils sector.

Joanna Anderson recorded the ditty – in partnership with the ICE – to promote Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, which runs until Friday and aims to encourage more young people into the profession.

The 23-year-old is a traffic signals specialist in Mouchel’s highways design as well as apprentice to ICE North West chair Gareth Scott. She also teaches guitar and music theory and performs comedy songs in Liverpool. 

Joanna Anderson's Tomorrow's Engineers Week song

Anderson said: “It is vital that we do more to promote engineering to boys and girls, challenging the view that a civil engineer is a man, in a hard hat, who spends all day onsite outside.

“Most of us do not fit that stereotype – civil engineering offers so many diverse and fascinating roles. I didn’t know about civil engineering until I was 18 and I wish I had known earlier. I work to promote engineering because I love it, I love what I do and I want others, especially young people, to know about it. I hope my song helps.”

ICE head of education and inspiration John Laverty added: “If we are to deliver a new generation of talent, we must show who civil engineers are and how they shape the world around us – whether protecting us from flooding, getting us to from A to B, ensuring we have clean water or designing and building magnificent sporting venues. And we need to do this in a more light-hearted and creative fashion which appeals to young people, and works with the communication channels they use.

“Joanna’s song – and the passion she personally exudes for civil engineering - does just that. We encourage everyone to watch and share it, and join us in celebrating Tomorrow’s Engineers week.”

Readers' comments (2)

  • Matthew Rogers

    Fantastic and a true demonstration of just how important Civil Engineering is to society.

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  • Loved the song and message. Should be used to promote civil engineering widely and boldly.
    Just slightly concerned that so many of the images associated with the song showed engineers in hard hats, perhaps giving the impression that we spend all our time wearing them and on site!
    I for one spent very little of my career on site wearing a hard hat.

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