the next generation

Spotlight on… the next generation provides information and resources to help tackle the skills shortage and encourage young people into construction.

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Spotlight on… the next generation provides information and resources to help tackle the skills shortage and encourage young people into construction.

Skills shortage

According to Arcadis, Britain must recruit 400,000 people each year until 2021 to deliver in line with the country’s housing and infrastructure needs. With an aging workforce and Britain’s imminent exit from the European Union putting a question mark over the future of EU workers, it has never been more important to encourage young people into the industry to fill the skills gap.

With a lack of skilled workers, the construction industry faces an uncertain future. 62% of respondents to a 2017 Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) survey asserted that labour shortages are an impediment to growth; this has sharply risen since 2012, when the figure was 40%.

One possible solution to the skills shortage is promoting apprenticeships and for more information on this topic, see ‘Spotlight on… apprenticeships’. People taking up apprenticeships have already identified construction as a possible career path. This campaign focuses on getting young people to the point where they would consider entering the industry. For the purposes of this campaign, ‘the next generation’ is defined as young people who have not yet made career choices, from primary school children to young people Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEETs).

Changing perceptions

A 2015/16 survey of 2,000 British adults found that 67% would not consider working in construction.

Why is construction so poorly regarded among the general public?

Poor perceptions can partly be blamed on construction’s long-running image problem. The Construction 2025 report (2013) and Construction 2030 and Beyond report (2015) see the industry’s poor image as being due to perceived low pay, job insecurity, male domination, strenuous work, poor health and safety, lack of professionalism, nuisance to the public and lack of technology. While far from the truth, this tarnished image of the industry is a hangover from the past which is hard to shift.

Teachers and parents may pass on negative views of the industry to children, with 35% of careers advisors saying a career in construction is unattractive and 4 in 10 parents stating they would not encourage their children to join the industry. These attitudes contribute to young people being misinformed about construction; indeed, a 2018 Redrow survey found that 52% of young people believe a career in construction mostly involves manual labour.

Efforts to attract the next generation should focus on recasting construction in a positive light; not only is it a professional industry with varied job opportunities for talented individuals, but construction helps shape communities and improve people’s lives. The use of innovative technologies and the rise of BIM are key ways to attract the interest of young people who have grown up in a digital world.

Changing perceptions of construction is half the battle but adequate training provision needs to be in place to support young people who choose to enter the industry. Comprehensive training programmes provide structured career progression, demonstrating that construction is a professional industry and, in turn, attracts more young people into construction.

The Considerate Constructors Scheme

The Scheme’s aim is to improve the image of construction and registered sites, companies and suppliers are asked to respect their communities and engage with local people to showcase all that is positive about construction.

As part of this campaign, the Scheme surveyed nearly 800 industry professionals to gauge opinions on this subject. Key findings were as follows:

  • 85% would recommend construction careers to young people.
  • 84% cited the perception of construction being manual work as the main reason it is not a popular career choice.
  • 77% said the skills shortage is the most pressing issue facing the construction industry.
  • 72% cited the challenging nature of work as the main benefit of a construction career.
  • 69% said the industry is not doing enough to attract the next generation of workers.
  • 53% know young people who are, or could be, interested in a construction career.
  • On the subject of what the industry can do to attract the next generation, 37% mentioned changing perceptions/promoting benefits, 26% suggested engaging schools and colleges and 15% mentioned apprenticeships and training.

Considerate Constructors Scheme Chief Executive Edward Hardy said:

The shortage of new entrants in to the workforce is one of the most pressing issues facing the construction industry. With over 400,000 new recruits needed each year to deliver construction projects we must all take steps to attract the next generation.

“While we do have a great industry, one that is working hard to improve its image – as evidenced by the fact that 85% of those within the industry would recommend a career in construction – we need to do so much more to continually improve our standards in order to drive the perception change much needed to make the industry more attractive.

“The Scheme’s Best Practice Hub is at the epicentre of helping to share best practice across construction. Through the ‘Spotlight on… the next generation’ campaign, we are delighted to use our reach and influence across the entire industry to help provide key resources to address this critical issue.

The Scheme has also developed two costumed characters which are primarily used to engage with children of a young age and introduce the concept of construction. Ivor Goodsite, a Site Manager and Honor Goodsite, a Structural Engineer can be taken onto site or to a school to interact with the children and make their experience of the construction industry a memorable one.

Signs of change

It’s not all doom and gloom – the industry has been hard at work engaging young people and encouraging them to consider construction careers. 91% of Scheme survey respondents said their site or company engages with schools or youth groups and 66% have personally visited schools or youth groups to discuss their career.

There are signs that this outreach is working. Redrow’s 2018 apprenticeships report surveyed 1,000 young people aged 15-21 and revealed the following results:

  • 62% of young people would consider a job in the construction sector, up 14% from last year
  • 27% said they received high quality careers advice, up 10% from last year
  • Only 38% said they had not received information about construction careers at school, down 12% from last year
  • Only 9% said their parents would not approve of them pursuing a career in construction, down 9% from last year

These results are very encouraging and show the industry’s success so far in changing perceptions of construction. Indeed, construction organisations prevailed in the Top 100 Employers for School & College Leavers 2018 rankings, with Laing O’Rourke in third and Morgan Sindall tenth.

However, there is still more to be done if the industry is to recruit enough workers for its pipeline of future projects. The following sections of this campaign showcase examples of best practice and in-depth case studies from contractors and organisations. The resources section brings together organisations working to attract the next generation, signposting where to go for more information.

 

 

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The Scheme aims to improve the image of construction through sharing best practice with the industry. Below are a number of best practice examples that have been witnessed by the Scheme’s Monitors on their visits or submitted directly by registered sites, companies and suppliers…

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Attracting young people to construction and filling the skills shortage is a huge undertaking; thankfully, there are a number of organisations and resources available to help...

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What can you do?

“People need to start choosing to work in construction rather than a construction career choosing them.”

Anonymous response to the Scheme survey

 Our survey results showed that the overwhelming majority of respondents believed poor perceptions of the industry to be at the heart of the skills crisis. Here are just some of the myths about construction we need to bust:

  • Construction is manual, dirty, outdoor work: While this may be true in some of the more traditional trades, there are a variety of roles in the wider industry. Examples include design managers, engineers, architects, marketing, human resources and technology experts. Your work can take you all over the world and no two days are the same.
  • Construction work is dangerous: The UK is at the forefront of workforce health and safety, with workforce wellbeing at the core of every project.
  • Construction jobs are low paid: A career in construction can be lucrative. Careers in Construction records the average Site Manager salary as £60,000 in London, £50,000 in the South East and £37,000 nationally.
  • Construction is for those who do not do well in school: A good education is essential to a professional career in construction and many companies will even support employees through their degree.
  • Construction just causes nuisance for the public: Construction makes a positive contribution to society by building new homes, roads, hospitals, schools etc., and instances of inconsiderate behaviour are taken seriously.
  • Construction work is bad for the environment: There is a considerable focus on building sustainable buildings and leaving a positive legacy on the local environment.
  • Construction is a man’s world: While there are still more men than women in the industry, the number of women in construction is growing and the industry is no longer seen as ‘just for boys’.
  • Construction is an old-fashioned industry: Modern construction uses the latest technology, including Building Information Modelling (BIM), drones, nanotechnology and exoskeletons.
The following pointers offer some basic guidance on how the industry – from individuals to companies – can challenge these myths and promote construction careers to the next generation.

 

1. Start early

“If we focus attention on secondary pupils, it’s often too late. Let’s engage earlier and make a real impact.”

Anonymous response to the Scheme survey

The majority of survey respondents identified secondary school as the most important focus area for youth engagement, but it helps to start early. Children begin to formulate career ideas at an early age, and, if unchallenged, biases against certain careers can become firmly entrenched. While young children can be enthused about construction (diggers, Bob the Builder etc.), this often drops off as they get older, perhaps as negative ideas about construction are passed on by teachers and parents.

The industry should nurture and sustain young children’s interest in construction so that by the time they reach critical decision-making points at GCSE, A-level, university and leaving school, construction is an attractive career path.

The ‘Examples of best practice’ section features great early engagement initiatives, from using a mascot teddy bear to helping a primary school build a playground shed.

Ivor Goodsite Costumes and Products

To aid youth engagement, using the Scheme’s Ivor and Honor Goodsite costumes and products are a fun way to change young people’s perception of construction. The costumes were hired over 200 times in the past year and visited more than 22,000 children. The range of products available are a great way to support an event where Ivor and Honor are present and include fun packs, hoarding signage, children’s PPE and two workbooks – Honor’s Environmental Activity Book and Ivor’s Construction Site Safety Workbook. These products will help to educate young people about the construction industry as well as how to stay safe around construction sites and the importance of protecting our environment.

Ivor Goodsite competitions

Ivor Goodsite’s Hoarding Competition enables children of all ages to be creative and design and decorate construction project’s hoardings. This annual competition which is available to all Scheme-registered projects engages children on the construction industry as well as giving the project a great first impression to all passers-by. The last competition was entered by a massive 89 Scheme registered projects and involved more than 4,000 children.

Honor Goodsite’s Big Build competition brings together children from schools, youth clubs or community groups to think about a career in construction and how exciting it can be by creating a structure out of recyclable materials. This annual competition which is available to all Scheme-registered projects completely free engages children on the issue of the environment as well as introducing to them the idea of a career in construction. 2017 was the inaugral year of the Big Build competition and was entered by 32 Scheme registered projects and involved more than 800 children.

 

2.Reach the influencers

“One parent that is a recruitment manager attended our Open Doors event and said she learnt more in an hour there than she felt careers advisors had given her son ahead of choosing his options.”
Anonymous response to the Scheme survey

Parents and teachers can be a huge influence on young people’s career choices. 40% of Scheme survey respondents decided on a career in construction following advice from a parent, friend or family member. Teachers also have an influence, not only through active careers advice, but through how they talk about certain careers and which initiatives they choose for the school.

Unfortunately, many parents and teachers hold an out-dated view of construction as an industry dominated by chauvinistic ‘cowboy builders’. Showcasing that construction is a professional, diverse and modern industry will encourage parents and teachers to promote construction, particularly to high-achievers, as traditionally it has been seen as a career for the non-academic.

The ‘Examples of best practice’ section includes entries from contractors who have invited parents and teachers onto site and offered other opportunities to see modern construction in action. Take a look at Go Construct’s ‘Pride and Joy’ campaign under ‘External resources’ to see further examples of parental engagement.

 

3.Be an advocate

“There is a great sense of pride when a project is complete and you can see the finished construction and say to yourself ‘I did that.’”

“Site isn’t a place where you turn up and leave. It’s a place where you make friends that could be in your life for a very long time.”

“So many of my friends are bored and can’t wait to retire…I want to go on until I’m 70.”

Anonymous responses to the Scheme survey

The quotes above are just a selection of passionate responses to our survey. If you love your industry and want to see it flourish then get yourself out there and reach young people to pass on your enthusiasm. 85% of respondents to our survey would recommend a construction career, but only 66% have ever visited a school or youth group to talk about their career.

Visit the ‘External resources’ section for links to initiatives you can sign up to which will pair you with local schools, so you can start engaging with the next generation.

Companies should support their employees who wish to get involved with youth engagement by supporting volunteering days and even establishing their own outreach programmes that individual employees and sites can sign up to. See the ‘Case studies’ section for examples of contractor-led initiatives to attract the next generation.

 

4.Use social media

“The industry as a whole does not maximise its coverage. The industry bodies don’t help to back our companies out there trying to attract applicants through social media or TV advertising. It seems to be left to the individual companies and not on a collective scale.”

Anonymous response to the Scheme survey

Social media is a vast untapped resource for drastically recasting construction’s public image. Young people are increasingly turning to websites like Instagram and YouTube to learn more about career options. There is a captive audience on these sites looking for exciting, modern careers, and construction needs to join the conversation and showcase itself to potential recruits.

The Scheme is championing a collective approach to social media, uniting sites, companies, suppliers, clients and other industry organisations under the hashtag #loveconstruction. Use this hashtag on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and any other platforms you use as a company or as an individual to make some noise about construction and showcase positive images of the industry.

 

5.Collaborate

“Contractors need to work together, rather than in small pockets. We need one common message – how to get into the industry, not into your company.”
Anonymous response to the Scheme survey

There is great work being done by sites, companies, clients and individuals to engage the next generation, but the greatest impact will be made when the industry works together. By speaking in one voice, the industry can shout about the diversity of roles, pay opportunities and the rewarding work of construction.

Collaboration has the added benefit of helping smaller businesses overcome resourcing issues. Not all companies can afford large-scale initiatives but most want to do more to help fill the skills shortage. The ‘Case studies’ section features examples of consortiums of SMEs coming together to ‘Adopt a School’ as part of Class of your Own’s ‘Design Engineer Construct!’ programme. By pooling resources, these companies will deliver a built environment curriculum to help train and inspire the next generation.

 

6.Create a supportive learning environment and workplace culture

“The industry needs to be totally open and honest with potential candidates. It needs to establish clear training paths and provide an understanding of potential salary/benefits at each stage.”
Anonymous response to the Scheme survey

The above steps have focused on how the industry can change perceptions and showcase all that is positive about construction. However, it would be naïve to think that there is nothing the industry can do to improve itself to ensure that when young talent come into construction they want to stay.

The quality and quantity of training opportunities and apprenticeships should be improved. A number of Scheme survey respondents noted that younger people coming into the industry are ill-equipped to be on site as they have had little prior training or knowledge of trades. This situation helps neither the individual nor the industry. See the ‘Case studies’ section for examples of training and pre-employment initiatives.

A culture change is also required in some parts of the industry. The younger generation expect modern workplaces with proven records of fairness, inclusion and respect, and a healthy work-life balance. This kind of change will happen over time and catalysts like gender pay gap reporting may speed up the process.

Attracting enough workers to fill the skills shortage is no easy feat. It requires resources, dedication, time, and, crucially, enthusiasm. Spending great sums of money on media campaigns and initiatives will make a worthwhile contribution but will not be enough; only through individuals on the ground going into schools and youth groups, talking to young people in their own lives and supporting those in training, will the image of construction change for the better.

As well as the information above, it is also advised to use the resources provided in the ‘External resources’ section of this campaign which identifies information from other organisations and companies.

The Scheme will continue to update this campaign as new case studies and examples of best practice are identified. If you would like to share how your organisation seeks to attract the next generation, please contact the Scheme by emailing enquiries@ccsbestpractice.org.uk.
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The Scheme aims to improve the image of construction through sharing best practice with the industry. Below are a number of best practice examples that have been witnessed by the Scheme’s Monitors on their visits or submitted directly by registered sites, companies and suppliers.

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Categories Careers advice Careers advice Colleges Community liaison Create opportunities Nurseries Residents Schools Training Universities
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CategoriesCommunity liaison Goodwill Public Residents Schools

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Written by Manjeeta Pathak
Categories Community liaison Universities
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Written by Frank Blande
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Written by Frank Blande
Categories Schools
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Written by Frank Blande
Categories Careers advice Legacy Schools
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Collaborative Work Experience Project

Published 26 June 2018 | No comments
Written by Alison Ramsbottom
Categories Careers advice Schools
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Written by Jacquie Blades
Categories Campaigns Careers advice Colleges Schools
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Written by Sandra Evenden
Categories Careers advice Colleges Schools Training Universities
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Written by Jane Elder
Categories Schools
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Published 23 April 2018 | No comments
Written by Megan Jardine
Categories Campaigns Careers advice Colleges Create opportunities
CategoriesCampaigns Careers advice Colleges Create opportunities

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Published 16 April 2018 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
Categories Campaigns Careers advice Communication Social media Training
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Written by Claire Anderson
Categories Careers advice Legacy Schools
CategoriesCareers advice Legacy Schools

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Categories Campaigns Community liaison CSCS Disadvantaged groups Placements
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Written by John Cairns
Categories Careers advice Colleges Community liaison Schools
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Categories Create opportunities Labour Training
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Categories Careers advice Community liaison Schools
CategoriesCareers advice Community liaison Schools

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Categories Community liaison Create opportunities Schools
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Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
Categories Careers advice Clients Community liaison Create opportunities
CategoriesCareers advice Clients Community liaison Create opportunities

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Written by Gavin Thomas
Categories Careers advice Community liaison Create opportunities
CategoriesCareers advice Community liaison Create opportunities

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Published 24 October 2017 | No comments
Written by Ken Brown
Categories Community liaison Schools
CategoriesCommunity liaison Schools

This week, Balfour Beatty and Perth and Kinross Council led students at local schools in Perth in a three day practical exercise to build and test scale models of a 15 metre cable-stayed bridge, provided by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) regional education team. The popular year-round event, ‘Bridges to Schools’, aims to promote the benefits of careers in…

Institution of Civil Engineers educational resources

Published 24 October 2017 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
Categories Colleges Community liaison Create opportunities Schools
CategoriesColleges Community liaison Create opportunities Schools

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‘Build My School’ mobile game

Published 6 October 2017 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
Categories Community liaison Schools
CategoriesCommunity liaison Schools

Community engagement goes a long way towards improving the image of the industry. Sites based in schools have a particularly good opportunity to enthuse young people about construction and help tackle perceptions at an early age. See the examples below for how one site went the extra mile to engage their school: The site designed an educational mobile game specifically…

Lunchtime Lessons

Published 6 October 2017 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
Categories Community liaison Schools Updates
CategoriesCommunity liaison Schools Updates

Building relationships with the community is a key way in which contractors can ease the impact on neighbours and improve the image of the industry. Working with schools is a great way to engage children with the construction process and is particularly important when the project is based in a school. See the examples below for how one primary school…

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Published 3 October 2017 | No comments
Written by Shauna Young
Categories Careers advice Diversity Schools
CategoriesCareers advice Diversity Schools

As part of Heron Bros project delivery for East Renfrewshire Council and the construction of Faith Schools Joint Campus, Crookfur PS & Nursery and Arthurlie Family Centre, they implemented the “Girls’ Horizons” Initiative to encourage females into STEM careers. In partnership with East Renfrewshire Council, BDP Architects and local schools a female-only careers event was held. More than 80 pupils…

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Published 3 October 2017 | No comments
Written by Mirna Ayoubi
Categories Careers advice Promoting Construction campaign Social media
CategoriesCareers advice Promoting Construction campaign Social media

As part of our involvement in the community we began to realise that younger students did not realise the realms of opportunity the construction industry offers in terms of careers. We wanted to portray this in a fun and relevant way so we strapped a Go Pro to our Senior Project Manager and asked him to film for us what…

Site Training Area

Published 29 August 2017 | No comments
Written by Craig Shiell
Categories Colleges Create opportunities Schools
CategoriesColleges Create opportunities Schools

We have formed a site training area to be used by local primary & secondary schools, local colleges, as well as youth organisations helping kids with career choices. The area was formed using some of the placements we had from local organisations as their own mini project to complete over their placement, as most of them were keen to become…

3D video model of the site

Published 17 August 2017 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
Categories Apprenticeships Campaigns Schools
CategoriesApprenticeships Campaigns Schools

Encouraging the next generation to enter the construction industry requires showcasing all the great things about the sector. Using new technology will help engage and inspire the future workforce. See the examples below for how one site addressed this: The site developed a 3D video model of the first floor of the new building, which is an extension for a…

People Like Me resource for encouraging girls into construction

Published 24 July 2017 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
Categories Community liaison Create opportunities Diversity Equality Inclusion Schools
CategoriesCommunity liaison Create opportunities Diversity Equality Inclusion Schools

The WISE campaign seeks to achieve gender balance in STEM industries by conducting schools outreach, showcasing role models and providing consultancy and training. Drawing from research seeking to understand why certain groups are under-represented in STEM, WISE has launched its ‘People Like Me’ programme to show young girls that they could find fulfilling careers in STEM. Psychological research shows that girls…

CIOB – Think Construction campaign

Published 12 July 2017 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
Categories Colleges Community liaison Schools
CategoriesColleges Community liaison Schools

The CIOB’s Think Construction campaign has been developed to encourage young people aged 14-19 to consider the construction industry as a rewarding career option. The Think Construction campaign resource pack will assist those from within the industry who deliver interactive careers sessions on the construction industry to young people in schools. The resource pack includes all of the following: Planning…

STEM – Disaster relief in the UK

Published 11 July 2017 | No comments
Written by Andrew Sharp
Categories Community liaison Create opportunities Schools
CategoriesCommunity liaison Create opportunities Schools

As part of our STEM programme of Community work, and to celebrate Women in Engineering Day 2017, Sheffield Hallam University, A-one+ and the RAF hosted an activity day aimed at Year 9 and 10 girls from local schools. The focus of the day was on disaster relief in the UK and the engineering skills that are required immediately following a…

Building relationships while promoting the industry

Published 11 July 2017 | No comments
Written by Catriona Watson
Categories Community liaison Create opportunities Schools
CategoriesCommunity liaison Create opportunities Schools

Whilst on site, the project team built a strong relationship with a local primary school, with the aim of encouraging the children to consider the different career options available within the industry. The children visited the site throughout construction, to see how the build was progressing. They were provided with PPE which they could keep and were given an induction…

Career pathway poster campaign

Published 11 July 2017 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
Categories Campaigns Diversity
CategoriesCampaigns Diversity

With an impending skills shortage, it is vital that the construction industry makes a concerted effort to attract new recruits. One of the most effective ways of promoting construction careers is through poster campaigns. See the examples below for how one site developed this concept: Rather than use standard format posters, the site team developed their own poster campaign to…

Teacher insight visit

Published 26 June 2017 | No comments
Written by Vicki Johnston
Categories Community liaison Legacy Schools
CategoriesCommunity liaison Legacy Schools

Graham Farrans Joint Venture (GFJV) invited the staff from Moneynick Primary School to visit the site of the new A6 Dualling Project, Northern Ireland. The scheme will upgrade 14.7 kilometres of the A6 transport corridor between Randalstown and Castledawson. The flagship investment of £160m will strengthen the links between Belfast and Derry/Londonderry and will bring long term benefits to road…

Introducing pupils to BIM

Published 26 June 2017 | No comments
Written by Claire Anderson
Categories Schools
CategoriesSchools

BAM presented on BIM (Building Information Modeling) to Barrhead High Schools Graphic Communications group. The session, tailored to the S3 group included a brief introduction to BIM and all of the elements which are included within the entire BIM process providing an overview of what is expected in the modern world of designing buildings. Ross Honeyman, Assistant Design Manager working…

CIOB – Craft Your Future

Published 26 June 2017 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
Categories Careers advice Careers advice Legacy Schools
CategoriesCareers advice Careers advice Legacy Schools

Craft your Future is a teaching material based on the computer game, Minecraft. More than 400,000 UK construction workers are set to retire between 2018 and 2023 creating an urgent need to attract a new generation of construction professionals. ‘Craft your Future’, developed by the Chartered Institute of Building, is a construction game aimed at 12-14 year olds that takes…

Inspiring girls into construction

Published 26 June 2017 | No comments
Written by Claire Anderson
Categories Equality Schools
CategoriesEquality Schools

Pupils from four schools in East Renfrewshire recently attended an informative workshop hosted by BAM Construction. Held at Barrhead High School, a live construction site, the event was designed to inspire girls to consider construction as a career. Third to fifth year pupils were selected to take part from Williamwood High School, St Ninians, Woodfarm High School and St Luke’s…

STEM Insight teacher placements

Published 26 May 2017 | No comments
Written by John Kean
Categories Careers advice Colleges Create opportunities
CategoriesCareers advice Colleges Create opportunities

The STEM Insight programme provides a unique and stimulating experience for teachers, lecturers, managers and technicians to update their knowledge and awareness of modern STEM related careers. Morgan Sindall Aviation hosted a lecturer from Heathrow Aviation Engineering University Technical College, on a five day placement providing him with an exceptional opportunity to experience construction within a live operational environment at…

Inspiring students into the construction industry

Published 19 April 2017 | No comments
Written by Nabeel Javed
Categories Colleges Create opportunities
CategoriesColleges Create opportunities

Morgan Sindall have recently sent trainee site manager Nabeel Javed to visit local colleges/ schools to deliver a presentation which has engaged students in educating them about the construction industry and why they should consider a career in construction. As a trainee site manager currently on a trainee development programme, Nabeel is not far off from being in the same position they…

The Prince’s Trust ‘Get Into Construction’ – Rail

Published 10 April 2017 | No comments
Written by Ben Coughlan
Categories Charities/organisations Create opportunities Public
CategoriesCharities/organisations Create opportunities Public

In partnership with the Prince’s Trust, 12 unemployed 18-25 year olds, local to the Crossrail Anglia Project in east London, were recruited to take part in a seven week training programme. The young people were given safety training and accreditation to CSCS standard and offered paid employment with further training opportunities. A standard get into construction programme is two weeks,…

Careers talk at a secondary school

Published 4 April 2017 | No comments
Written by Andrew Sharp
Categories Apprenticeships Schools
CategoriesApprenticeships Schools

Two of our STEM Ambassadors visited a local secondary school as part of National Careers Week. This school was identified as part of our local community next to the trunk road that the business maintains. Our two ambassadors attended a Year 10 design class. They designed a presentation and handout for the class which encompassed a Q&A session at the…

STEM learning at a primary school

Published 28 March 2017 | No comments
Written by Dorothy Butters
Categories Community liaison Schools
CategoriesCommunity liaison Schools

The BCEGI site team at Middlewood Locks wanted to encourage primary school children to study STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), designing and delivering lessons based on the National Curriculum. To illustrate Materials – Change of State the team enlisted the children as screeders. They brought mixed screed to the school, and when the children had read the method statement…

Spotlight on… campaign posters

Published 17 March 2017 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
Categories Alcohol testing Campaigns Diversity Drugs and alcohol policy Illegal workers Mental health Occupational health risks Posters Scheme posters/banners Workforce information
CategoriesAlcohol testing Campaigns Diversity Drugs and alcohol policy Illegal workers Mental health Occupational health risks Posters Scheme posters/banners Workforce information

Spotlight on… posters have been designed for general display in and around site welfare facilities. The Scheme is currently developing a collection of A3 posters from the series of ‘Spotlight on… ‘ awareness campaigns. This resource has proven valuable for display on site and raising awareness amongst the workforce and visitors. To download a free electronic version please click the links below.

Preparing students for the future

Published 17 March 2017 | No comments
Written by Anita Elahi
Categories Colleges Schools
CategoriesColleges Schools

As part of our commitment to training and developing young people, we hold mock interviews with years 10 and 11 students at schools across the region, giving students the opportunity to meet real people from the world of employment and practice their interview techniques. After the interviews, we give the students feedback and areas for improvement. We also give the…

‘Forging Futures’ Scheme

Published 17 March 2017 | No comments
Written by Kerry Walker
Categories Colleges Create opportunities
CategoriesColleges Create opportunities

We have created the ‘Forging Futures’ scheme located on our site at Kirkstall Forge. This scheme is funded by us as Wates and CEG our client in collaboration with Leeds College of Building. We work with students to give them experience within the construction industry, providing innovative hands-on construction skills turning these students into the future developers, builders, architects and engineers that…

Using Minecraft to design a hotel

Published 2 February 2017 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
Categories Create opportunities Schools
CategoriesCreate opportunities Schools

Construction sites are increasingly getting involved with their community, and such activities go a long way towards improving the image of the industry as a whole. Many sites choose to conduct outreach events with local schools, as this has the added benefit of promoting construction as a career path for bright young people. These school connections can take a variety of…

The Building People Programme

Published 31 January 2017 | No comments
Written by Christopher Lloyd-Evans
Categories Careers advice Colleges Community liaison Create opportunities Labour Placements Training
CategoriesCareers advice Colleges Community liaison Create opportunities Labour Placements Training

During July of this year, Willmott Partnership Homes held a community event within our central London office. The 5 day programme was delivered to 8 young persons who were looking to start a career in the construction industry. Participants for the event were supplied from a number of key support groups operating across London. These included The Princes Trust, Women…

Enhanced STEM event at a primary school

Published 19 December 2016 | No comments
Written by Andrew Sharp
Categories Schools
CategoriesSchools

At A-one+ we believe that by increasing the understanding of what we do on the motorways and trunk roads, we promote a common goal of safer roads for our roadworkers, for our communities, including students, staff, parents/carers, and for road users. In partnership with Highways England we spent a day with 462 children at Seven Hills Primary School in Morley…

Survey camp

Published 14 November 2016 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
Categories Careers advice Colleges Universities
CategoriesCareers advice Colleges Universities

Providing practical activities for young people can help encourage a career in construction. The examples below shows how one site went over and above by educating young people about what a career in the industry includes: Site engineer (himself a company sponsored MsC student on site 2 days a week) worked with a local College and designed, prepared and delivered…

Princes Trust support for Get into Construction

Published 28 October 2016 | No comments
Written by Hannah Fehr
Categories Careers advice Charities/organisations Legacy
CategoriesCareers advice Charities/organisations Legacy

During building on the HLR Schools Project, constructing 7 new schools and demolishing existing sites, Interserve sought an opportunity to support young people with a Princes Trust “Get into Construction” programme. The Prince’s Trust run programmes for 16 – 25 year old unemployed people across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire with Interserve providing support with introductions, site tours, employability sessions, mock…

Practical Plumbing session for Year 11 students

Published 28 October 2016 | No comments
Written by Hannah Fehr
Categories Careers advice Schools
CategoriesCareers advice Schools

While building Goffs school, Interserve’s Hannah Fehr offered practical support to students and was asked to plan some practical sessions to a group of students who were underachieving and closest to the workforce. Students were given the opportunity to learn practical skills during a 3 hour workshop on Plumbing, in partnership with Interserve Engineering Services and JTL Training. Students were…

Habitat Lesson for Year 7 pupils

Published 25 October 2016 | No comments
Written by Hannah Fehr
Categories Legacy Schools
CategoriesLegacy Schools

Interserve staff currently building Bishops Hatfield Girls School took time out of their day to put together a 60 minute lesson for Year 7 students on habitat. Students were shown the process and consideration needed during the building process including information about the key priorities (Badgers, Newts, Bats), consequences of disturbing habitat and the opportunity to build their own hedgehog hides…

Revealing careers in construction to young women – Mace’s Building Futures programme

Published 10 October 2016 | No comments
Written by Laura Hampson
Categories Equality
CategoriesEquality

One of the problems that exists when talking to young people about careers in construction is the lack of understanding about the variety of different roles available. Both teachers and school children are unaware of the scope with a career in construction and can limit the options of students because of preconceptions about who would be suitable to work in…

BSSU at QK Academy Careers Fair

Published 12 September 2016 | No comments
Written by Angelika Chraska-Pongo
Categories Careers advice Colleges Goodwill Legacy Schools Workforce
CategoriesCareers advice Colleges Goodwill Legacy Schools Workforce

The Your Future Careers Fair is a part of a government funded program aimed at students aged 14-24 in order to try and get them into work, showing them the alternate ways they can take their future and offering apprenticeships to those who choose to take them. The BSSU project took part in this by attending QK Academy School and…

Young Persons Site Induction

Published 2 August 2016 | No comments
Written by Sara Brady
Categories Colleges Community liaison Induction Induction and training Schools
CategoriesColleges Community liaison Induction Induction and training Schools

The A556 Knutsford to Bowdon Improvement scheme have developed relationships with numerous local primary and secondary schools as well as local colleges and scout groups to raise awareness of the project and environmental mitigation measures that have taken place. The team actively work to promote and generate an interest in the construction industry and have carried out numerous presentations and initiatives…

Construction captains

Published 21 July 2016 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
Categories Schools Water saving measures
CategoriesSchools Water saving measures

Involving members of the community promotes an integrated and considerate environment. Members of the community should feel included and considered when their local area is being affected by the works. Companies should therefore make the effort to collaborate with community members. This can be beneficial for both the site and the community. One site achieved this through the following examples:…

Morganstone educates pupils on careers in construction

Published 7 July 2016 | No comments
Written by Antonia John
Categories Careers advice Schools
CategoriesCareers advice Schools

On Thursday 28, January 2015, Morganstone visited St Mary’s Primary School in Pembroke Dock and talked with the children about why Maths and English are so important from a young age, and why the construction industry is an exciting industry to work in. The school is close to the Imble Lane development which Morganstone are currentely building on behalf of…

Experience Construction week with the Teenage Cancer Trust

Published 7 July 2016 | No comments
Written by James Low
Categories Charities/organisations Cooperation Create opportunities Labour Legacy Support Workforce
CategoriesCharities/organisations Cooperation Create opportunities Labour Legacy Support Workforce

Around seven young people a day in the UK are diagnosed with cancer. The Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT) has done a huge amount to improve the specialist care and support for young people with cancer but there’s still more they want to do for this age group of 13-24 year olds. Back in October 2013 Mace Foundation joined forces with…

Spotlight on… campaign flyers

Published 22 June 2016 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
Categories Alcohol testing Apprenticeships Campaigns Communication Cycle safety Diversity Health screening Healthy lifestyle advice Illegal workers Inappropriate language Medications Mental health Occupational health risks Posters
CategoriesAlcohol testing Apprenticeships Campaigns Communication Cycle safety Diversity Health screening Healthy lifestyle advice Illegal workers Inappropriate language Medications Mental health Occupational health risks Posters

The Spotlight on… flyers have been designed for general display in and around site welfare facilities. The Scheme provides a collection of A5 flyers from both past and current ‘Spotlight on… ‘ awareness campaigns. Each unique flyer contains information on the industry issue and advice on how to tackle it. This resource has proven valuable for display on site and raising awareness…

Bricklaying students visit Gabriel Square

Published 9 June 2016 | No comments
Written by Gabriel Square Project
Categories Careers advice Careers advice Colleges Legacy Workforce
CategoriesCareers advice Careers advice Colleges Legacy Workforce

17 bricklaying students from Oaklands College visited Higgins Construction’s building site in St. Albans, to provide them with a full understanding of the construction process on a live building site. The Site Manager at Gabriel Square, Victoria Turner, gave the students a tour of the development on 19th April 2016. Our bricklayer on site, John Currington, also gave a talk…

Event to encourage new people into the construction industry

Published 3 June 2016 | No comments
Written by caroline birch
Categories Careers advice Careers advice Colleges Community liaison Cooperation Create opportunities Employed Legacy Schools
CategoriesCareers advice Careers advice Colleges Community liaison Cooperation Create opportunities Employed Legacy Schools

RG Group are conducting a large regeneration and construction project in Redhill. Over the 75 week duration of the project we have been working with local schools, colleges and the JobCentre Plus to encourage new recruits to the Construction Industry. We have participated in local career conventions and as part of this overall program we worked with Warwick Secondary School to…

Environmental careers talk

Published 11 May 2016 | No comments
Written by Cathal Ward
Categories Careers advice Colleges Universities
CategoriesCareers advice Colleges Universities

Cathal Ward, who is completing his year placement with Henry Brothers Ltd, went to Aldercar College to give an environmental careers talk. Cathal is studying a BSc in Land-use and Environmental Management at Queen’s University Belfast and has taken on the role of Quality and Environmental Officer within the Company. He carried out the careers talk to highlight all the…

Working with the Dallaglio Foundation to inspire young people

Published 11 May 2016 | No comments
Written by Emma Attwood
Categories Careers advice Legacy Schools Support Workforce
CategoriesCareers advice Legacy Schools Support Workforce

McGee has delivered an inspiring day of classroom based learning, discussions and observational learning opportunities for one group of students from the Dallaglio Foundation’s RugbyWorks Programme – which exists to nurture and develop essential skills of disengaged young people aged between 14 and 16. Welcoming the students to one of their major London demolition projects, a key objective for the…

Practicalities of a construction project

Published 10 May 2016 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
Categories Careers advice Equality Schools
CategoriesCareers advice Equality Schools

Providing opportunities to gain practical experience on-site is important to increase interest in construction.  A career in construction can be very rewarding, it is therefore important to create an environment where students can gain first hand experience and a taste for construction opportunities themselves. One site introduced construction prospects using a programme based on a real-life project: A programme was set up over a 12 week…

Providing Opportunities to School Children

Published 30 March 2016 | No comments
Written by Glynn Cunliffe
Categories Goodwill Schools
CategoriesGoodwill Schools

Carefoot recently completed 6 new classrooms and a new reception at Moorside Primary School, and we were invited to provide a top value raffle prize in support of their Summer Fair. Following discussions with the Chair of Moorside Friends, we agreed to provide the top prize of an Apple iPad. The winning raffle ticket was won by one of the children’s…

A multitude of efforts around youth and school engagement

Published 19 January 2016 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
Categories Businesses Careers advice Schools
CategoriesBusinesses Careers advice Schools

Providing regular and considerable contributions to the local community ensures everyone benefits from the project’s construction. Becoming a positive player within local schools and youth groups creates additional opportunities, provides a service and also leaves a healthy legacy behind. A multitude of efforts focusing around community engagement particularly within local schools can be found within the examples below: Considerable manpower has…

Providing work experience and improving the image of construction for younger people

Published 11 January 2016 | No comments
Written by Juliana Postarini
Categories Careers advice Create opportunities
CategoriesCareers advice Create opportunities

Laing O’Rourke collaborated with Construction Youth Trust to run a 3 day Budding Brunels Programme. The programme included 3 days worth of activities, talks, presentations and a site tour to introduce students from local schools and sixth forms aged 16-18 into the construction industry. A range of industry professionals from Laing O’Rourke that included Quantity Surveyors, Planners, Engineers and Construction…

Construction experience hub

Published 11 January 2016 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
Categories Careers advice Create opportunities Placements
CategoriesCareers advice Create opportunities Placements

It is important to encourage the younger generation to learn and become involved in the industry. Sites and companies should be actively engaging with young people who are considering a career in construction. Below is an example of how one site created opportunities for young people in the area: The site launched its Construction Experience Hub which was a purpose…

Adopt a school initiative

Published 26 October 2015 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
Categories Careers advice Schools
CategoriesCareers advice Schools

It is important to invest time to train up the younger generation and encourage them to consider a career in construction. To help prepare students for future training and employment in the industry, an ‘Adopt a school’ initiative was piloted. This initiative involved the following: The contractor funded IT equipment and the training of teachers in the local secondary school…

CSCS cards for disabled students

Published 20 October 2015 | No comments
Written by Helle Dorrington
Categories Create opportunities CSCS Induction and training Local and special needs
CategoriesCreate opportunities CSCS Induction and training Local and special needs

Introduction: The Victory Pier development has an ongoing partnership with a local school, Woodside School for disabled students. They regularly visit our development to gain first hand experience of working on a construction site. Some students have also gained valuable work experience on the Berkeley Homes, Kidbrooke development. Improvement Opportunity: Many of the students would like a career in the…

Virtually interacting with schools

Published 6 October 2015 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
Categories Careers advice Colleges Induction and training Operative behaviour Schools
CategoriesCareers advice Colleges Induction and training Operative behaviour Schools

Sites should seek opportunities to engage with the local community. Working within the community provides a good opportunity for operatives to engage with schools and promote the positive nature of the construction industry, while also providing information on different trades and career opportunities within the industry. Below is an example of how a site interacted with the local school: As…

Inspiring Careers in Construction

Published 1 October 2015 | No comments
Written by Juliana Postarini
Categories Careers advice Cooperation Schools
CategoriesCareers advice Cooperation Schools

Laing O’Rourke, Creative Wick (local organisation) and Gainsborough School (local primary school) collaborated on the creation of a bespoke series of workshops that used art and design to inspire pupils to consider the wide variety of career options offered by the construction industry. Each workshop took on a theme, with pupils first learning about the role of art and design…

CITB – Go Construct campaign

Published 28 September 2015 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
Categories Apprenticeships Campaigns Careers advice Careers advice Create opportunities Placements
CategoriesApprenticeships Campaigns Careers advice Careers advice Create opportunities Placements

Go Construct is an industry wide initiative that aims to attract, inform and retain a talented workforce for the Construction and Built Environment sector and has been developed with more than 200 construction employers, schools, colleges and those with a passion for construction. It will consist of a common gateway website, giving people access to a range of useful and practical…

Encouraging deaf students to consider a career in construction

Published 16 September 2015 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
Categories Colleges Create opportunities Disadvantaged groups
CategoriesColleges Create opportunities Disadvantaged groups

It is important to make the construction industry accessible to everyone and encourage new people into the industry. Sites should encourage the younger generation to consider a career in construction, by providing opportunities for students to try new skills and learn more about different trades and opportunities. Below is an example of how a site has achieved this: Three site…

‘Have a go’ days

Published 3 September 2015 | No comments
Written by Natalie Kippax
Categories Induction and training Schools
CategoriesInduction and training Schools

Following the successful completion of the new build works to the Sports Hall at Oakfield High School for Wigan Council, F Parkinson Ltd organised a ‘Have a Go’ day to let a group of Year 9 pupils try out a number of trades. With the assistance of our supply chain, the pupils got to try their hand at painting, bricklaying,…

National careers week

Published 17 April 2015 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
Categories Careers advice Colleges Create opportunities Placements Schools
CategoriesCareers advice Colleges Create opportunities Placements Schools

National Careers Week is coordinated annually by the Career Development Institute. This week encourages education providers to bring together students, local employers and advisers through careers events and activities. To support National Careers Week on your site, you could do the following: Regularly attend careers fairs to encourage recruitment and work experience opportunities; Visit local schools to talk about a career in the construction…

Educating the educators

Published 20 January 2015 | No comments
Written by Mark Kilcran
Categories Careers advice Employed Training
CategoriesCareers advice Employed Training

In response to the CITB’s Educating the Educators Report, Shepherd Construction held a teacher training day aimed at increasing teachers knowledge of the careers available in the construction industry. The event was held in partnership with Durham Education & Business Partnership (EBP) and supported by the CITB. The event was held at Shepherd’s £31.5m project to construct Hitachi Rail Europe’s…

The Prince’s Trust – ‘Get into programme’

Published 5 November 2014 | No comments
Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
Categories Apprenticeships Corporate Social Responsibility action plan Create opportunities Disadvantaged groups Labour Placements Training
CategoriesApprenticeships Corporate Social Responsibility action plan Create opportunities Disadvantaged groups Labour Placements Training

The Prince’s Trust is supporting the construction industry to address the current skills shortage and encourage new talent. The ‘Get into Construction’ programme offers a multi-skilled programme, which can lead to apprenticeship opportunities on site and help unemployed young people gain valuable training and experience. Here is an example of how one site in conjunction with the Prince’s Trust supported the programme: A 2…

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External resources

Attracting young people to construction and filling the skills shortage is a huge undertaking; thankfully, there are a number of organisations and resources available to help.

  • Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is the industry body dedicated to training the next generation of construction workers.
    • Go Construct is CITB’s campaign encouraging young people into the industry, providing careers information, personality quizzes and events.
    • Pride and Joy is CITB’s campaign changing parents’ perceptions of construction by encouraging them to spend a day at work with their children in the industry.

Organisations

Sites, companies, suppliers and clients can contact the organisations listed below to help organise youth engagement and meet Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) targets:

  • Ahead Partnership connects employers with education, public and private sector partners to widen their social impact through programmes like Make the Grade.
  • Career Ready is a charity linking employers with schools and colleges through initiatives like Think Build. Find out more in the ‘Case studies’ section.
  • City & Guilds provides skills development services to training providers, employers and trainees, including construction qualifications.
  • Class of Your Own’s Design Engineer Construct! (DEC!) curriculum is an accredited learning programme for secondary-school age children to develop construction-related skills.
    • Adopt a School is a scheme whereby industry organisations (including main contractors and SME consortiums) can fund a school for a two-year DEC programme. Find out more in the ‘Case studies’ section.
  • Construction Youth Trust (CYT) is a charity helping young people gain training, education and employment opportunities in the industry, through courses like Budding Brunels and Budding Builders.
  • Education and Employers is a charity connecting schools and colleges with employers and volunteers to inspire young people to make career choices through initiatives like Inspiring the Future and Primary Futures (which is specifically for primary schools.)
  • Enabling Enterprise partner with businesses to bring the world of work into the classroom through lesson projects, challenge days and trips to workplaces. A number of contractors have already signed up as partners.
  • Founders4Schools is a free service connecting educators with business leaders in their area to raise children’s aspirations
  • Ministry of Building Innovation and Education (MOBIE) is an educational, research and development organisation to encourage young people into housebuilding, founded by George Clarke.
  • MyKindaFuture work with employer partners to help give young people employability skills and connect them with work experience.
  • National Citizen Service is a 3-4 week experience where young people aged 15-17 participate in careers activities and community work. Contractors can get in touch with their local NCS and help young participants with careers advice.
  • Open Doors is an annual initiative whereby for one week construction sites across the UK open their doors to members of the public to project a positive image of the industry.
  • Prince’s Trust supports young people into employment, including through their Get into Construction programme.
  • STEM Aware delivers curriculum subjects in a way which helps improve STEM awareness, working with schools and businesses.
  • STEM Learning is the largest provider of STEM education and careers support to schools and colleges. Their STEM Ambassadors programme involves individuals registering to volunteer in schools and STEM Insight allows companies to host teachers on a STEM placement.
  • Tomorrow’s Engineers provides a platform for employers to reach young people and encourage them to consider engineering careers through a variety of programmes including in-school energy workshops and regional events.
  • Year of Engineering is a Government campaign for 2018 to celebrate and promote engineering. The construction industry can seize on this momentum to show that it is more than just bricks and mortar, with a wide variety of professional careers available in STEM.
For organisations specialising in apprenticeships, see the ‘Spotlight on… apprenticeships’ campaign.

Resources

The following resources could be used in your own youth outreach efforts to help make construction interesting and relevant to the next generation:

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Case studies

The Scheme worked with contractors and organisations outlining their approaches to the issue and how they have collaborated to attract the next generation:

Class of your Own is a Scheme Supporter and their Design, Engineer, Construct! (DEC) curriculum can be ‘gifted’ to schools by construction organisations to fund the delivery of this educational programme over two years. The case studies below demonstrate how SMEs can get involved:

Balfour Beatty explains their partnership with Learn Live to implement virtual site tours for schools and host a ‘Construction Live’ Q+A event whereby students could send questions to a live panel of industry professionals. Read the case study here.
Berkeley Group is working with a group of Year 10 students, providing them with a practical experience of what it is like to work in the construction industry. The initiative hopes to offer the pupils valuable skills and to inspire more young people to consider a career in construction. Read the case study here.
Engie has worked closely with Interserve and CIOB’s Newcastle Hub to develop a range of youth engagement activities including careers in construction carousel roadshows and a Student Challenge day. Read the case study here.
Gilbert-Ash partnered with STEM Aware to launch a schools challenge in Belfast whereby students designed and built the new Marriott Hotel using Minecraft. Read the case study here.
Hobson and Porter developed its Foundations initiative, including site visits and an annual Foundations Live event bringing together industry, students, teachers and adult re-trainers. Read the case study here.
Kier completed work on the WMG Academy for Young Engineers in 2014, and upon returning to the area for another project supported Academy students by attending careers events, hosting site tours and offering work experience. Read the case study here.
Laing O’Rourke and Serious About Youth (SAY) developed a 2-week education programme where young people are taken through the full lifecycle of a building project. Read the case study here.
Mace has developed a comprehensive toolkit to help encourage a coordinated approach to school outreach through their Foundations for your Future programme. Read the case study here.
McLaughlin & Harvey built an exceptional relationship with a local primary school, hosting regular interactive careers sessions culminating in the site team helping the children build a reading shed in the playground. Read the case study here.
Midland Metro Alliance has been working closely with ‘hard to reach’ groups to create a young trained workforce for the West Midlands through a series of sector-based work academies, efforts which have been recognised with a Talent Match Mark Award. Read the case study here.
Wates works with partners including Career Ready and Let Me Play to run its Build Yourself programme, which is a comprehensive youth engagement programme comprising Insight Days in schools, Think Build placements and a summer camp to build life skills. Read the case study here.

 

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Video resources

The following videos can be used in your own youth outreach efforts to help make construction interesting and relevant to the next generation:

The B1M – What I Love About Construction series 

The B1M – Why Construction Needs the Best Young Talent 

Build UK – Get into Construction

Go Construct – Sum up construction in one word

Go Construct – Pride and Joy

Go Construct – Construction Careers

Other Spotlight on... campaigns