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EPIC Engineers Workshop

We want to inspire future engineers to become EPIC (Extraordinary People Initiating Change) in this FREE workshop supported by HS2.

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HS2 is the new high speed railway that will form the backbone of Britain’s transport network. We've teamed up with HS2 to grow skills needed in the transport infrastructure industries now and in the future. This workshop is designed for Secondary school students focusing on the STEM skills needed in this sector.  


Students develop their STEM powers, exploring the essential skills that are needed to be successful in a STEM career. Through a series of hands-on design and build team challenges, the students will be inspired to become EPIC engineers – Extraordinary People Initiating Change. Activities are underpinned by examples from the world of work, with students finding out about careers in transport infrastructure as they take on different roles in the challenges.

To be eligible for this free workshop delivered by Learn by Design, you need to be a secondary school in these areas:

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Schools in the West Midlands, Staffordshire, and the Black Country can apply to join a workshop with this supplier:

For KS3 students (11-14)

The workshop is delivered as a full day with 2 activities for up to 60 students in a school hall

plus you'll have access to online resources to use before and after the workshop!

The workshop launches in these areas from the 19th January 2022 and you can reserve your spot now!

Workshop activities involve:

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Students look at all the jobs needed to build tunnels and then are challenged to create their own model of a tunnel

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After analysing some job roles, they will create a team to design a station that will be used now and in the future in 2050

The programme links with the Skills Builder Universal Framework for essential skills and during the full day workshop we let the students self-assess their essential skills and reflect on which they need to improve.


Learning Objectives

  • Describe the STEM careers available in transport infrastructure.

  • Describe the skills useful in a STEM working environment.

  • Understand how railway infrastructure is developed to satisfy present and future needs.

After the workshop we want students to feel that:

  • ...people like them work in the rail industry

  • ...HS2 and rail is an innovative place to work

  • ...there are so many diverse careers available

  • ...there are lots of different ways to access the route into work

With a skills gap to overcome and to encourage more diversity in engineering, we're keen to encourage an uptake in S.T.E.M. subjects at Secondary School. Highlight the career information they need to give them a boost into an exciting future career in the rail industry.

Expression of Interest for EPIC Engineers

If you would like to reserve a workshop for your school, fill in this form and we'll be in touch soon with some date options.

Thank you for expressing your interest in the EPIC Engineers workshop, we are just checking your eligibility and will be in touch soon.

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Educational resources

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HS2 have developed a collection of resources to support teachers to bring a careers context to curriculum learning. They aim to inspire young people to take an interest in STEM subjects and careers.

Resources include:

Lesson Plans, Presentations, Worksheets, Webinars, Videos and Animations and CREST award materials.


View the resources here:

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