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Promoting the construction industry to young children

Published 9 May 2018 | Written by Jane Elder
CategoriesGoodwill Nurseries Schools

We have created a mascot teddy bear (Dave) to promote the Construction Industry to younger children. Dave the Bear is used in nurseries and schools (ages 4-8) to engage with the younger pupils. We have a number of presentations on different construction projects including schools, housing and industrial units which include Dave undertaking a number of site activities from attending…


Get into Engineering Programme

Published 23 April 2018 | Written by Megan Jardine
CategoriesCampaigns Careers advice Colleges Create opportunities

Pupils aged 15-17 from the Clyde Gateway area are celebrating their graduation from a programme designed to introduce them to a career in the built environment industry. Budding engineers from St Mungo’s Academy, Eastbank Academy, Trinity High and Stonelaw Academy took part in the ten-week Get Into Engineering programme, run in collaboration between Clyde Gateway, Robertson Group, Glasgow Kelvin College…


The B1M Construction YouTube Channel

Published 16 April 2018 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesCampaigns Careers advice Communication Promoting Construction campaign Social media Training

The B1M is a popular YouTube channel dedicated to promoting the construction industry. The channel originated as a format for its founder, a former employee of a main contractor, to encourage wider uptake of Building Information Modelling (BIM). The channel has since evolved to include a variety of video content about the construction industry, including in-depth examinations of current projects,…


STEM Activity Day

Published 5 April 2018 | Written by Claire Anderson
CategoriesCareers advice Legacy Schools

The Blairdardie site team from BAM Construction recently supported Blairdardie Primary School’s STEM Week as part of our on-going Education Engagement with the school. At the event, we created four BAM stations which included the following construction related activities: VR Area: We used cardboard VR goggles and iPads to showcase 360 images of the pupils’ new school. The BAM Construct…


HMP Elmley ‘Ready for The Gate’ programme to train young offenders in construction

Published 19 March 2018 | Written by Qianyi Wu
CategoriesCampaigns CSCS Disadvantaged groups Placements

The ‘Ready for The Gate’ programme run by Willmott Dixon Cobham LCO, offers young offenders the opportunity to gain their CSCS cards, while they’re still serving their sentence. From the Woodmansterne Secondary School site team, a number of Willmott Dixon personnel are directly involved. The feedback from charities, Re-offending and CXK, on the outcomes of delivered training up to August…


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
CategoriesCareers advice Careers advice Create opportunities

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…