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EPIC Engineers

Explore careers in transport infrastructure and develop the skills to become EPIC (Extraordinary People Initiating Change).

EPIC Engineers

This free full-day workshop highlights the ‘EPIC’ nature of the challenges that engineers face and showcases the creative, technology-driven solutions used in the railway and transport infrastructure industries.

Workshops are led by an experienced facilitator and supported by volunteers from the transport infrastructure sector, who help to relate the activities to real life work situations.

Students will learn about and reflect on their essential skills throughout the day, and improve their knowledge about sustainability, design and construction as they work in teams to complete the following engineering challenges:

  • Stations of the future: Design a railway station of the future, considering future trends and the needs of diverse customers.
  • Tunnel Builders: A design and make challenge, in which students build a railway tunnel structure and test its stability.
  • Rail Rush! board game: Students make strategic, ethical and cost decisions, working in collaboration to build a rail network for Britain.


Minimum of 50 participants, maximum of 60 participants.

Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Develop engineering employability skills

  • Improve awareness and aspirations for STEM-related study and careers

  • Challenge stereotypes by showing the diversity of disciplines, people and skills involved in engineering

Subjects and topics

    • Design and Technology
    • Engineering
    • Physics
    • Structures, construction and civil engineering
    • Transport

Gatsby benchmarks

The Gatsby benchmarks are a framework for good careers guidance for schools across all of England and in some areas across the rest of the UK. This experience helps your school to reach the following benchmarks:

  • Learning from career and labour market information
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees

Essential skills

The essential skills every young person needs to succeed in education and their future career. Find out more at the Skills Builder Partnership. This experience builds the following skills:

  • Creativity - the use of imagination and the generation of new ideas.

  • Listening - the ability to listen and understand information.

  • Problem solving - the ability to find a solution to a complex situation or challenge.

  • Speaking - the oral transmission of information or ideas.

  • Staying positive - the ability to use tactics to overcome setbacks and achieve goals.

  • Teamwork - working cooperatively with others towards achieving a shared goal.

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