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French promotes civils careers to girls

ICE President Geoff French joined forces with graduate member Amy Wright earlier this month to help promote civil engineering to young people in the North East.

Wright (left) and French

Wright (left) and French

French accompanied 23 year old Wright, a site engineer with Sir Robert McAlpine in Newcastle, on a visit to her old school, Durham High School for Girls.

There, they helped students with a bridge building activity using ICE’s 13m scale model cable-stayed bridge.

Wright’s work to establish a hydropower and solar electricity supply to a village in Malawi, while still a student, helped to secure her a highly commended citation in NCE’s Graduate of the Year Awards.

French said her achievements had inspired the students. “The ICE is widely involved in promoting careers in the industry and the possibilities open to those who choose civil engineering as a vocation,” he said.

“ICE North East’s activities in schools and colleges, using the scale model cable-stayed bridge to get young people interacting with practicing civil engineers on practical projects, are a great way of bringing the industry to life and are reaching hundreds of students a month.

“I was also delighted to get the opportunity to meet with the panel at Newcastle University and find out how the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences is addressing the need for top quality young people in our industry.”

“I was also delighted to get the opportunity to meet with the panel at Newcastle University and find out how the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences is addressing the need for top quality young people in our industry.”

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