ICE Northern Ireland joined over 300 employers and professional bodies from across the engineering community in the week-long drive to inspire the next generation of engineers. Tomorrow’s Engineers Week is designed to help address the fact that 186,000 people with engineering skills will be needed annually through to 2024.
Addressing the gap in civil engineering
ICE Northern Ireland held an exhibition at the Skills NI careers fair this week which entailed of a large bridge and life size cut outs of the ICE 200 Invisible Superheroes. Experienced civil engineers represented ICE as ambassadors at the event giving young people, their teachers, parents and influencers information and guidance about a rewarding career in civil engineering.
There are a range of year round education initiatives organised by ICE NI to promote civil engineering as an exciting career; ICE Ambassadors regularly take part in career events organised by schools and colleges across Northern Ireland to give young people advice about jumpstarting their career in the industry.
As part of the ICE 200 celebrations, ICE NI collaborated with Girlguiding Ulster to enable girls to explore the world of civil engineering. ICE Northern Ireland’s female members share their passion for their profession by visiting units to speak about their experiences.
The Work+ apprenticeship scheme which offers apprenticeships from BTEC to master’s degree level was initiated by ICE NI. It is delivered in partnership with Ulster University and all six regional colleges in Northern Ireland and there are now 100 civil engineering apprentices in the country. The programme supports the government’s Skills Barometer report, which identified civil engineering as the sector which will have the second highest demand for workers over the next 10 years.
Richard Kirk, Regional Director for ICE NI, said “ICE members in Northern Ireland have been busy encouraging young people to find out more about the exciting opportunities that a career in civil engineering can offer them”.
“Our hope is that campaigns like Tomorrow Engineers Week highlight civil engineering as a viable career choice for people in Northern Ireland, and that they will lead to a robust, diverse incoming generation of civil engineers”.