Education programme

Last updated: 08 March 2018

Education programme

Our education programme will tackle the major skills gaps in the engineering and construction industry, which will require substantial numbers of young people to meet demand.

We want to inspire tomorrow's engineers through science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects, 


This free online resource offers interactive science and maths lessons for primary and secondary school-age pupils. The accompanying worksheets and teachers' notes can also be accessed on the site.

These lessons and British Science Association accredited CREST award project ideas, focus on the real-life challenges in designing and constructing the Thames Tideway Tunnel, and aim to demonstrate how classroom learning relates directly to the challenges faced in the world of work. The resources are 'ready to go', whiteboard friendly and flexible, and require minimum preparation time before use.

Tunnelworks also features a number of resources for primary school students.

Student taking part in Soundscape – our free primary education resource

STEM Ambassadors

Many of our project staff are also trained STEM Ambassadors who can help promote interest in STEM subjects by helping with lessons, interview practice, career fairs, speed networking, after-school clubs and mentoring for CREST awards. The national STEM Ambassadors network, run by STEMNET and sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, works with thousands of schools, colleges and STEM employers. It enables young people of all backgrounds and abilities to meet inspiring role models, understand real world applications of STEM subjects and experience hands-on STEM activities that motivate, inspire and bring learning and career opportunities to life.

We also have two ambassador-led activities suitable for Key Stage 3&4: teams of pupils can design, cost and build a crane boom or tunnel structure capable of bearing the highest load using card, wire, straws and other basic materials.

Work experience

Placements are open to post 16-year-old students who are interested in design, engineering or construction, and either reside or are educated in boroughs affected by the construction of the Thames Tideway Tunnel. Students work alongside trainee engineers to complete a series of real scenarios we have faced on the project and will also visit one of our proposed construction sites.

For more information about any of our education activities or to organise a bespoke education event please contact us at [email protected].


We are supporting a wide range of education programmes covering all ages and stages.


Tideway Roles and Careers

Apprentice Roles .pdf          Roles in Construction .pdf 

Non-Construction Roles .pdf         Reconnecting London with the River Thames .pdf

Careers & skills

To find out more about the range of roles required by Tideway and our contractors to build the Thames Tideway Tunnel, click here.

Women in construction