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Engineers build bridges into school

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has helped pupils at a Stockton school learn about engineering and careers in industry.

Engineers from global consultancy CH2M led students at North Shore Academy in a practical exercise, in which they built and tested a scale model of a cable-stayed bridge, provided by ICE’s regional education team.

The event was one of a number of educational activities ICE provides in the region throughout the year, all of which aim to promote the benefits of careers in civil engineering and the positive impact the profession has on society.

One of the goals of the organisation, which represents more than 2,000 engineers in the region, is to work with schools and universities to increase the number of women in the profession.

ICE Regional Director Penny Marshall said: “It is really important that our young people learn about the great careers available to them in engineering, and in general about the work that civil engineers do. It’s also important for parents and children to know that a career in civil engineering doesn’t have to start with university, the apprenticeship route into the profession is just as valued.

“Civil engineering shapes the world around us, from our road and rail infrastructure, to the availability of water and electricity in our homes. When infrastructure works properly we often don’t notice, however there are a number of high-profile examples of it in our region, such as the famous bridges over the River Tees, the Tees Barrage, and the A66 and A19 dual carriageways.”

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