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Young ones: new youth project for ICE

The ICE is challenging young people across the UK to plan, design and construct a model for a new sports venue in their local community - and it needs civil engineers to help inspire the would-be future engineers.

The ‘Create Sport Challenge’ aims to engage 12 to 13 year olds with civil engineering at a young age to influence their career choice early on, and to ensure a home-grown skills base able to deliver world class infrastructure in the future. It was devised by ICE President Peter Hansford.

Over several weeks students will consider the major concerns that a team of professional engineers would face in constructing a sports venue. The structural, safety and sustainable aspects of their venue, as well as the aesthetics and public perception, will be worked on.

Students will also be introduced to skills such as project management, negotiation and communication.

Volunteer engineers and recent engineering graduates are needed to help the students meet this tough brief and ICE is calling on companies to nominate staff to work with a local school, and to help form the teams of volunteer engineers.

Companies are also being encouraged to form links with local schools and to invite them to enter the Create Sport Challenge. The project is run in collaboration with Arup and the educational charity EDT.

“Members tell us they want to raise awareness of the huge amount of public work that our profession achieves and we believe inspiring the next generation of engineers is key to this,” said Hansford.

“We hope to see companies put forward engineers of all disciplines – and indeed other professionals within the built environment – to share their knowledge and skills, contribute to the future of their profession and at the same time contribute towards their CPD.”


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