ICE is launching a new series of online careers talks for students aged 16-18 this month. We want to reach as many young people as possible. Can you help us spread the word to schools and young people?
By engaging with schools and young people virtually we have a fantastic opportunity to inspire more young people than ever before.
During the Covid-19 lockdown schools and students have adapted to online learning and ICE led the way with a number of virtual engagements.
We learnt from the success of our first virtual events to this age group, and are excited by the opportunity to inspire larger numbers in every session we offer. We’re aiming to engage with 1,000 students this autumn in at least 100 schools.
Taking students on a careers journey
The ICE Inspiration Series will take students on a journey of learning through the reasons for becoming a civil engineer, what kinds of roles they can do, and the best ways to study and begin their career. Students and schools can also choose to watch individual events in the series or the whole series, as suits their needs. The events will cater for those with little or no prior knowledge of civil engineering as well as providing more information for those young people who are already interested in applying to university or college. Attendees will also be able to ask the presenting panel any burning questions.
The events are bookable from the ICE events website: ice.org.uk/events.
In line with our safeguarding policy, all the events are hosted and moderated by ICE STEM ambassadors and ICE staff members with current Disclosure Barring Service checks.
Ensuring future skills
ICE has been focusing our efforts on engaging older school pupils for several years in order to address a decline in applications to university courses for civil engineering. Much previous work has been done to raise awareness of the STEM gap and the value of careers in STEM and now there are many more young people taking maths A level and other STEM subjects. But we need to do more to ensure that the civil engineering industry has a healthy number of qualified and motivated career starters going forward.
Help us get on to school agendas this autumn
If you’re a parent of a teenager or have family or friends who work in secondary or further education then please help our campaign by passing on this article or the event links to them. If you’re an ICE STEM ambassador or university student then again please help us by promoting the series to schools and colleges you’ve had contact with or your former place of study. If you’re interested in contributing to the series or future events, get in touch at [email protected].