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UK Construction Week establishes Role Models campaign to encourage young people

  • 24 Aug 2018

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UK Construction Week has launched a new campaign this year, the Role Models campaign, which aims to inspire others and raise awareness of the roles available in the construction industry with the help of the Construction Youth Trust.

At the event this October, UKCW will announce the winner of the campaign on the UKCW stage on 10th October having been judged by a panel and shortlisted.

People in a wide variety of roles were shortlisted, from crane operators and BIM strategy managers to architects, engineers and surveyors.

The judges were impressed with the role models’ passion for improving the image and culture of construction; breaking paradigms and changing stereotypes; actively campaigning for equality within the sector; teaching others and building bridges between the industry and education; inspiring young people; supporting apprentices, and championing diversity throughout the industry.

Nathan Garnett, UKCW event director, comments: “As part of being shortlisted, role models will take part in an outreach programme to help build connections with local schools and colleges. It’s about sharing their construction career journeys and inspiring the next generation by dispelling the myths surrounding the construction industry.”

The role models will all attend UKCW and will be available to talk to others about their careers in construction and their visions for the future of the industry. A discussion will also take place on the UKCW Stage about creating the new generation of construction professionals. 

Other highlights to inspire include:

– Talks from speakers such as Barbara Res – engineer, lawyer and project manager behind Trump Tower
– The first BMF Young Merchants’ Conference at the BMF Pavilion
– A timber structure project by students from the school of architecture at the Royal School of Art
– The launch of the 2019 Passivhaus Student Competition;
– Design your home of the future, with George Clarke’s MOBIE;
– The Institute of Civil Engineers’ ‘Save Civil City’ challenge; and
– The Finishes and Interiors Sector’s #iBuiltThis2018 photography competition.

“It’s an amazing opportunity for people to be celebrated in an industry that often gets negative press. It’s also an opportunity to celebrate the work the role models are doing, not just on a day to day basis, but the work they’ve personally taken on to make this industry better,” Nathan concludes.

You can get free tickets to the event here.


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