East Midlands - education

A bridge under construction at night

ICE East Midlands works to promote civil engineering to young people, helping them learn about the profession and supporting those who have chosen to study civil engineering subjects.

It also gives advice and information to students at school, college and university, and provides resources and support for teachers.

Looking for inspiring resources to use in school?

We have a range of multimedia resources for teachers, careers advisers, parents, and volunteer ICE ambassadors.

So if you want an activity for a class or club – something hands-on, that's tried and tested – you'll find it here. We also have PowerPoint presentations, videos, careers information and useful links to lots more.

Browse through and download the schools resources you need

ICE also works with Tomorrow's Engineers, which provides clear information on careers in engineering. The Tomorrow's Engineers careers materials:

  • Are mainly aimed 11 to 14-year-olds
  • Show what young people can achieve by studying maths and physics
  • Tell you about the huge range of careers available in engineering
  • Explain the different ways to get an engineering career

Find out more about Tomorrow's Engineers

In your region

ICE Ambassadors visit schools across the region to help young people learn about civil engineering. It aims to inspire the civil engineers of tomorrow by organising a range of challenging, exciting and practical activities.

  • The Bridge to Schools programme gives young people first-hand experience of civil engineering, by getting them to construct a 12.5 metre cable-stayed bridge. If you're interested in getting the bridge to your school then please contact Jaime - [email protected]
  • INPUT is a two-hour, paper-based activity where groups of students build their own truss bridge from paper tubes – and then test it to destruction!
  • Rapid Response is a scenario based activity, which shows young people the contribution civil engineering makes to relief aid. Students work through a series of problem-solving tasks to provide disaster relief to a flood-stricken village.

Our Ambassadors also organise a range of other schools events - like careers days and presentations - to get young people interested in the profession and to inspire the next generation of civil engineers.

Interested in helping?

If you think you could help inspire the next generation of engineers, then we want to hear from you!

We're always on the look out for new Ambassadors to visit schools and help enthuse children across the region.

If you're interested we want to hear from you.

Find out more and register your interest

Find out more about civil engineering near you

We showcase projects across the region, promoting civil engineers' work in in the fields of transport, energy, water, flooding and waste.

These includes projects like NET2 - the £570 million extension to the Nottingham tram system, which will bring a projected £300 million to the area, and create around 8,000 new jobs. It will include 16 services per hour - in each direction - which will ease congestion, reduce traffic pollution, and provide access to 20 of Nottingham’s 30 major employers. There will be seven park and ride sites, with 5,400 parking spaces, and two lines which link directly to Line One at Nottingham City Station. It's estimated that up to 23 million people will benefit from this updated service.

Construction of the Nottingham tram system
Construction of the Nottingham tram system - civil engineers are vital in providing our transport infrastructure

What is civil engineering?

If you want to know more about civil engineering, then you're in the right place. Our What is civil engineering section contains a wealth of information, including:

  • Examples of inspiring civil engineering achievements
  • Interviews - find out what inspired civil engineers to choose their career
  • Profiles of some of the most famous civil engineers to have lived

Find our more about civil engineering

Near you

To help promote civil engineering achievements close to you and across the UK, we're running a campaign called This is Civil Engineering. We're highlighting projects across the East Midlands that are helping to improve lives and improve our environment.

Find out more about This is Civil Engineering

What do you need to do to become a civil engineer?

If you're interested in a university or college course in civil engineering, it's important to make sure that the course you choose is 'accredited'. This means that it meets the Engineering Council's quality and curriculum standards.

Having accredited academic qualifications will make it easier for you to become professionally qualified as a chartered engineer (CEng), incorporated engineer (IEng), or engineering technician (EngTech). Use our course search to find accredited courses throughout the UK.

Opportunities in your region

ICE East Midlands has strong links with every higher education institution in the region that offers accredited engineering courses. Its Graduate and Student Committee organises a wide range of events - many of which are free - with universities and colleges to encourage students to join in, and to develop their knowledge and skills. ICE East Midlands has close ties with the following institutions in the region:



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