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ICE Yorkshire and Humber works with local schools across the region to help promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects and encourage pupils to consider a career in civil engineering.

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

Find our more about some of the activities we've carried out in the region. If you've got any questions, or are interested in running an event then please contact us.

Yorkshire and Humber's 'Ambassadors' have been taking part in events across the region to encourage people of all ages to find out more about engineering.

Recently ambassadors have taken part in delivering the giant tetrahedron activity to 27 teachers from across the country at the National STEM Learning Centre in York.

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Building the giant tetrahedron; and youngsters from Hoyle Court in Bradford building skyscrapers.

Andy Magee, from the ICE Yorkshire and Humber Regional Education Team also visited his old primary school, Hoyle Court in Bradford, to deliver the Skyscraper Challenge to pupils.

Visitors were also challenged to build part of the team's giant tetrahedron.

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

Build an industrial building that considers the well-being of the people working there

Sir Titus Salt was a Bradford industrialist who made his fortune spinning and weaving the soft wool from alpacas.

Salt came from a religious family and was interested in the well-being of his workers. At the time, cloth mills were often gloomy and unpleasant places to work, and workers lived in slum conditions. Instead, Sir Titus wanted his Salt’s Mill to provide ‘ventilation, convenience and general comfort’ for his workers.

Salt also wanted his new factory to be impressive. He rejected architects Lockwood & Mawson’s initial design, saying it was ‘not half large enough’.

When Salt’s Mill opened in 1853, it was the largest building in the world by floorspace and contained the single largest room in the world.

Salt ploughed some of the profits from Salt’s Mill into building Saltaire – a village for his workers to live in.

Saltaire was built in the Italian style and took 20 years to complete. Every house in the village had sanitation and gas supply. There was also a hospital, school, park and church, as well as public baths and wash houses.

Salt’s Mill closed in 1986. The site was successfully redeveloped as a shopping and recreation centre. The building is Grade II listed.

Saltaire was designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 2001.

For further information please see our What is Civil Engineering section.

In 1811 build a canal route across the Pennine hills to transport goods

The Huddersfield narrow canal links the Huddersfield Brad canal with the Ashton canal at Portland Basin in Stalybridge, Greater Manchester. The structure follows the valleys of the rivers Colne and Tame.

The 32km canal is the highest in the UK – 197m above sea level as it passes through the Standedge tunnel. With 74 locks, 10 reservoirs and 5 aqueducts, it can take boats up to 21.3m long and 2.1m wide.

The structure has a summit pound 6.4km long. A summit pound is a canal’s highest stretch of water between 2 locks.

From its summit, the canal falls 108.2m through 32 locks to the west in the direction of Manchester. It falls 132.9m through 42 locks to the east in the direction of West Yorkshire.

The route passes through 2 tunnels — the 200m Scout tunnel and the 5.2km Standedge tunnel between the villages of Diggle and Marsden. The Standedge tunnel is both the longest and highest canal tunnel in Britain.

The canal originally had 2 reservoirs – both in the west Yorkshire stretch. March Haigh reservoir holds 323m litres. Slaithwaite reservoir has a capacity of 309m litres. A further 8 reservoirs were built in later years, adding 911m litres to the scheme’s overall capacity.

The structure was built to carry cargo between the growing industrial centres of Huddersfield and Manchester. It closed in 1944 after operating for 133 years. It reopened in 2001 for leisure boats.

It’s one of the projects celebrated civil engineer Thomas Telford was involved with.

For further information please see our What is Civil Engineering section.

In Victorian times design and build the world's biggest railway station

York railway station was the largest in the world when it opened in 1877. Built by the North Eastern Railway, the structure included 13 platforms, a train shed, station buildings and a hotel.

The track layout of the new station allowed trains to pass directly through York for the first time. The previous building, now known as York old railway station, was designed as a terminus – trains for London had to reverse out of the station to continue their journey.

York station was designed by Thomas Elliot Harrison, a former president of ICE.

Two additional platforms were added in 1909. Other later works included repairs after extensive bombing in World War 2 and changes to track layout in 1988 as part of preparations for electrification of the line.

York remains a key junction today. It's approximately halfway between London and Edinburgh. The station is about 5 miles north of routes connecting Scotland to the Midlands and southern England.

York station became a Grade 2 listed building in 1968.

For further information please see our What is Civil Engineering section.

Construct the longest single span landmark suspension bridge in the world

The 7,280ft (2,220m) long Humber Bridge was the longest single span suspension bridge in the world when it opened in June 1981.

There had been talk about a crossing at this point for over 60 years – the first designs were produced in 1927. But the project had been controversial. Critics said the planned site was not a particularly busy route and the bridge would be expensive.

Despite opposition the local council was keen to stimulate the local economy and lobbied hard for the bridge to be built. Work finally started in 1973.

The Humber Bridge now joins east Yorkshire to north Lincolnshire and has become a local landmark that's visible from miles away.

The bridge was made a Grade 1 listed building in 2017 to mark Hull's year as UK City of Culture.

For further information please see our What is Civil Engineering section.

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 Yorkshire and Humber 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.

Please see the list below for accredited centres offering engineering degree courses in the region.


  • University of Bradford
  • University of Leeds
  • Leeds Beckett University
  • University of Sheffield
  • Leeds College of Building

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If you're thinking about your career options, we're here to help. Our careers section contains a wealth of information on what you need to do to become a civil engineer. You can find out more about the qualifications you'll need, how your career could advance and how we can help you to become a professionally qualified civil engineer

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