Inspiring the youth of today, to help build the future

The Big Bang Fair 2017

Post by Mark Austin, innovation director, Kier

At Kier we have a number of qualified engineers and members of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), who are all passionate about inspiring the next generation of engineers, so we’re looking forward to exhibiting at this week’s Big Bang Fair.

The fair, now in its eighth year, aims to engage, educate and inspire people into considering a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) sectors. . This year’s event is being held at Birmingham’s NEC and more than 75,000 people are expected to attend. It’s the largest single celebration of science and engineering for young people in the UK and also features the National Science & Engineering Competition to celebrate achievement of some of the UK’s youngest and brightest talent.

Students from all over the country will be visiting the fair on the first three days and it is open to everyone at the weekend, so I would urge anyone with an interest in civil engineering to come along and find out more about the industry.

We’ll have seven engineers from Kier supporting the ICE at the event taking time out of their working day to help inspire the youth of today by engage with 6 different stand activities such as the water challenge and a task to build the leaning tower of Pisa out of a variety of materials.

The Kier volunteers are hoping to inspire younger school children at the fair and also to educate teachers on the opportunities available within Civil Engineering so they can hopefully share these with their colleagues.

I recently went back to my old school, where I was inspired at a careers fair to join the industry, to show the current pupils the sorts of things we do in the industry on a daily basis and the feedback received was fantastic. I’m hoping the Big Bang will be just as successful as we look to engage the next generation of civil engineers.

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