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Powering the future: understanding engineering construction

Welcome to the ECITB Resource for Schools

The engineering construction industry is a major employer creating and maintaining essential buildings that have a key role to play in the UK economy. From power generation to stadium design, from pharmaceutical plants to the brewing industry, the engineering construction industry has a reputation for powering the future of Britain.

These materials have been produced to promote the Engineering Construction Industry to schools in a way that helps teachers deliver the National Curriculum and raises awareness of career opportunities to the pupils.



The national curriculum for geography outlines the key concepts, processes and suggested content for lessons at KS3. The ECITB pack offers a range of learning opportunities that enable pupils to explore these key aspects of geography through the study of real-world examples.

Pupils learn about place, from the location of nuclear power stations in the UK. They learn about space and investigate the interactions between places and the networks created by flows of materials and labour involved in engineering construction projects. They are encouraged to consider the implications of engineering construction projects at different scales, from the personal, local, national and international.

By investigating how, for example, the construction of more efficient power stations can reduce impacts on the environment, they consider the interdependent nature of physical and human processes and, importantly, how sequences of events can lead to change in places and societies.

Pupils consider how engineering construction is increasingly focused on sustainability, using resources sparingly, with significant positive impacts on the environment and climate change.

Through a series of enquiry-based activities pupils ask geographical questions, thinking critically, constructively and creatively. They analyse and evaluate evidence, employ numeracy skills to decide on best options, present findings to each other, and draw and justify conclusions. Through decision-making exercises pupils solve problems, develop analytical skills and are encouraged to think creatively about topical issues. In presentations and group work activities pupils develop skills of graphicacy and visual literacy, using Geographical Information System (GIS) techniques to communicate their knowledge and understanding using both speech and writing.

You can download the full resource here:

Or download each lesson individually below.


Lesson 1: What is Engineering Construction?

The aim of this lesson is to introduce pupils to the world of engineering construction and in particular to make them aware of the wide-ranging nature of the work as well as some of the kinds of jobs that are required to support the industry.

Lesson Objectives

• To know that engineering construction has many benefits

• To categorise some of the benefits engineering construction

• To consider some of the different aspects of engineering construction

ECITB_SchoolsPack- Lesson 1.pdf 

ECITB Lesson 1.ppt 





Lesson 2: The Power of Planning

Planning major projects is a key skill in engineering construction. Pupils will have little experience of project planning but will actually have seen or have been involved in managing different time frames, from holiday preparation to exam revision and even wedding arrangements.


• To know that all engineering construction projects require project plans

• To sequence events for the construction of a power station

• To devise, present and justify an effective project plan

ECITB_SchoolsPack- Lesson 2.pdf 

ECITB Lesson 2.ppt 




Lesson 3: Constructing a powerful Future

Nuclear power plants are major projects that produce the electricity we all rely on, but few pupils consider how and where it is produced, even though they will be a generation that uses more electricity than their parents and grandparents.


• To know that the location of nuclear power stations is affected by many factors

• To compare and contrast four potential sites for a nuclear power station

• To evaluate and justify the choice of an optimum site

ECITB_SchoolsPack- Lesson 3.pdf 

ECITB Lesson 3.ppt 




Lesson 4: What it takes to be an engineer

There are a wide range of careers available in engineering construction. Many are supported by tailored apprenticeship programmes. These aim to develop the inherent skills and attributes of young people to enable them to have successful careers in a dynamic industry. However, pupils may be unaware that they already possess skills and attributes that would make them suitable for an engineering construction career with appropriate training. They may also have little understanding of the range of jobs available. This lesson aims to develop awareness of the job opportunities and apprenticeships available.


• To consider some of the skills necessary to be successful in work

• To select skills and attributes according to changing job requirements

• To suggest how skill sets may be developed over a career to respond to the changing demands of work

ECITB_SchoolsPack- Lesson 4.pdf 

ECITB Lesson 4.ppt 




Lesson 5: Engineering, the right job for me?

The purpose of this lesson is to take a deeper look at the kind of career pathways open to young people within the engineering construction industry. By now the pupils should have some understanding of the breadth of opportunities available but not all will be able to make the connections to specific schemes related to the specialism they may wish to explore.


• To know how young engineers enter the engineering construction industry

• To compare and contrast the experiences of apprentices

• To suggest a career pathway for new entrants to the industry

ECITB_SchoolsPack- Lesson 5.pdf 

ECITB Lesson 5.ppt 





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Author: Roger Knill
Design: Paula Sayer
Published by: Magenta Project Management Ltd, www.magentaonline.co.uk

With thanks to...

© Engineering Construction Industry Training Board 2014


The GMB Union


Unite the Union


EDF Energy


Doosan Power Systems



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