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Design Engineer Construct! partnership agreement with Harris Academy

Published 19 February 2018 | Written by John Cairns
CategoriesCareers advice Colleges Schools

Balfour Beatty are providing funding and support to Harris Academy in Dundee to enable delivery of the Class of Your Own Design Engineer Construct! (DEC!) programme. Design Engineer Construct!® (DEC!) is an accredited learning programme that has been created by Class of your Own for secondary-school age students and has been expertly developed to create and inspire the next generation…


Tackling the Industry Skills Shortage by Developing an In-House Training Programme

Published 22 January 2018 | Written by Kane Morrissey
CategoriesLabour Literacy training Numeracy training Training Workforce

Avondale Construction Ltd has developed an Academy for Construction Training (ACT), an in-house training centre at our Head Office in Camden Town that delivers a Site Logistic Traineeship Programme designed to fast track unemployed people into work on our sites. Focusing on core skills such as Mathematics, English, Customer Service, Fire Marshaling, Health & Safety and Site Expectations students are…


Careers Advice ‘Speed Dating’

Published 18 December 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCareers advice Community liaison Schools

It is important to communicate the advantages of a career in construction to school pupils. New ways of sharing careers advice can help maintain young people’s interest in the subject and encourage them to consider construction roles. See the examples below for how one site achieved this: One of the senior school visits involved the equivalent of a ‘Speed dating’…


Maths + M25 = Maths25

Published 18 December 2017 | Written by Cintia Bailey
CategoriesCommunity liaison Create opportunities Schools

CPS has launched a maths club at the Dartford Bridge Primary School. STEM ambassador Moses Ajala and communications business partner Cintia Bailey have started Maths25, in an attempt to make maths fun for pupils at the school. Maths25 aims to give students the chance to explore aspects of mathematics and other related STEM subjects in more detail. It goes beyond…


Working with the National Citizen Service

Published 7 November 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCareers advice Clients Community liaison Create opportunities

Contractors should work to establish links with the local community and youth groups to encourage young people to consider a career in construction. See the examples below for how one site achieved this: The site worked closely with the client’s project team to develop links with the National Citizen Service (NCS). The National Citizen Service is an initiative aimed at…


Shaping Your World

Published 7 November 2017 | Written by Gavin Thomas
CategoriesCareers advice Community liaison Create opportunities

Generation Z (11-15 year olds) are heavy users of social media and need content to share on their accounts so to appeal to that, we’ve created the Avatar builder as a great way for them to quickly create fun and shareable content and start them thinking about the role they might play in the built environment. To create your avatar,…


STEM activity ‘Bridges to Schools’

Published 24 October 2017 | Written by Ken Brown
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 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesColleges Create opportunities Schools

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) hosts a number of educational resources on their website, offering contractors ideas for engaging young people with engineering careers. The resources include: The ‘Bridges to Schools’ activity involves bringing a 12m long model of a cable-stayed bridge to your school, so pupils can build, walk across and deconstruct it. A game for young children where…


‘Build My School’ mobile game

Published 6 October 2017 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCommunity liaison Programming 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 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCommunity liaison Schools

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…


Girls’ horizons broadened through female-only STEM Campaign

Published 3 October 2017 | Written by Shauna Young
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…


A Day in the Life of…

Published 3 October 2017 | Written by Mirna Ayoubi
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 | Written by Craig Shiell
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 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
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 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
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…