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Engineering some career inspiration

ICE student member and QUEST scholar Christopher Matthews has won over the judges in a national competition with a truly romantic vision of engineering.

The annual Inspire award challenges entrants to convince young people to embark on a career in the construction and engineering industry.

Matthews’ winning submission told the story of a young boy who dreams of building a tunnel under the channel so he could easily visit his girlfriend in France.

When he grows up he becomes an engineer and builds the tunnel as part of High Speed 1, making his dream a reality.

“The skills of our industry can make the seemingly impossible possible.”

Christopher Matthews

Matthews said he wanted his submission to show how the construction industry can enhance the world we live in.“All too often people only think of the ‘boring’ side of construction and engineering.

“Placing High Speed 1 at the heart of my story seemed like an obvious way of showing how the skills of our industry can make the seemingly impossible possible,” he said.

The Inspire award is run by ConstructionSkills and is worth £1,500. ConstructionSkills also helps fund the ICE QUEST scholarship scheme, which offers financial assistance and development support for upcoming engineers

  • For more information on the scholarship schemes please visit the ICE website

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