- 19th June 2018
- Posted by: Sophie Smith
- Category: News
This weekend, Amy Finbow and Linda Mcintosh are organising the ‘Engineering for the future’ event in Peterborough. The event is open to all ages and will be an interactive, informative and fun engineering extravaganza to:
- Promote the Institution of Civil Engineers on its 200-year anniversary
- Raise awareness of flood risk management
- Showcase innovation and sustainability through exciting technologies
- Promote engineering opportunities through job vacancies, apprenticeships and college courses.
“I am so glad to have been given the opportunity to organise this event and I have also recently become a School Liaison Officer for ICE and STEM. Raising awareness of the industry and showcasing some of the fantastic things we are doing to make a difference to our future is something to be proud of” commented Amy.
Kindly sponsored by both the Institution of Civil Engineers and JBA Trust, the event will be supported by many organisations who are exhibiting including; JBA Bentley, Anglian Water, Great Grounds, Environment Agency and University Centre Peterborough.
Amy and Linda have been awarded QUEST scholarships which are a sign of excellence in the industry. The scholarship is for students on further or higher education courses that could lead to becoming an ICE technician member (MICE) and recognises people for their abilities and potential. It also provides financial support of up to £1,500 which can cover additional costs involved in undertaking a college course – such as buying a new computer or covering the costs of materials required.
As part of this scholarship Amy and Linda needed to undertake a task that promoted the ICE, the scholarship or Civil Engineering. Through discussion, both engineers decided they wanted to do something special for this award due to the ICE celebrating their 200-year anniversary this year. It was then decided that they wanted to reach out to the public to raise awareness of some of the great things they both do in their roles and to promote these as a career in engineering to others.
“I think it’s important to highlight both women in the industry and the diverse job roles available within to try and change people’s perceptions with the aim of showcasing innovation” added Linda.
STEM and JBA Trust
The JBA Trust work in partnership and develop relationships with universities, schools and other charities to provide support for a wide range of people and organisations. It highlights the fantastic opportunities of studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects and the many interesting and varied careers that STEM can lead to.
The Trust’s large hydraulic flume will be in action throughout the ‘Engineering for the Future’ event demonstrating how different engineering structures interact with the flow of water in a watercourse, and what can happen in flood conditions. By demonstrating interactive and engaging physical models, the JBA Trust hopes to spark an interest in people who have not previously thought about a career in engineering.
Want to know more?
Email Amy Finbow or Linda Mcintosh for more information on the event. You can also visit our engineering web pages for more information on the variety of engineering work we undertake within the flood and water management sector.