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Meeting Tomorrow’s Engineers

As part of their anniversary celebrations, the Institution of Civil Engineers (celebrating their bicentenary) partnered with Arup (celebrating 50 years in the Midlands) and Engineering UK to deliver a Big Bang @ B7, which took place at the National College for High Speed Rail in Birmingham on Thursday 8 November.

The event was designed to introduce school children from the West Midlands to the diverse world of civil engineering, which offered a series of talks, workshops and interactive activities. 

Over 200 students enjoyed virtual reality demonstrations, one-to-one career sessions with qualified engineers, various hands-on building design challenges and the chance to meet representatives from companies operating in the construction and civil engineering sectors.

Commenting on the event, Molly McKenzie, Regional Director for ICE East and West Midlands said:

“We organised this event to inspire the next generation of engineering superheroes to join an exciting career route where you can transform people’s lives and shape our future.

“We had over 200 budding engineers building bridges, meeting their future selves and creating shelters.

“It was a very successful event converting many students to seriously consider a career in this exciting arena.”

The Big Bang event was part of Tomorrow's Engineers — a week-long programme that ran from 5-9 November. It was fully supported by ICE and led by the engineering community. 

The overall aim of the initiative was to provide a platform for employers and members of the ICE to work closely with schools to inspire more young people to consider a career in engineering.

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