Society is changing quickly, and so is the construction industry. Huge challenges remain around recruitment of new people into the sector, as it competes with other parts of the economy in exactly the same predicament.
UK Construction Week launched a new initiative for 2018 to help the industry compete for talent. It will do this by taking role models in the industry and elevating their profile and their story in a nationwide publicity campaign through trade and consumer media.
Nathan Garnett, Event Director for UKCW explains, “There are some amazing people working in the sector and their stories can be inspirational to others. So we are planning for UK Construction Week to act as a platform to do just that, inspire a new generation of construction professionals to join this rewarding and exciting industry.”
Role models will also be asked to take part in an outreach programme, going to colleges and schools in the coming months to talk to students and teachers at key stages of their education to explain what inspired them to choose construction as a career and bust any myths around the image of construction.
UK Construction Week is looking for professionals to apply or to be nominated. This is an opportunity for people to raise their own profile if they feel they deserve it, or for colleagues to nominate professionals they feel deserve recognition. This is a great chance for a company to raise its profile by showcasing its talent, as well as for unsung heroes to gain valuable encouragement, as well as help recruit a whole new generation of construction professionals.
This is aimed at all walks of the sector, whether you are a newly qualified apprentice, or someone who has transferred into the sector from the military or automotive industries. You could be working in facilities management, architecture, energy management, civil engineering, site management, bricklaying, digital construction, electro technical installation, roofing….the list goes on! We want a diverse and representative selection to show the world the myriad of opportunities and talent the sector holds.
Successful UKCW Role Models will be asked to speak at UK Construction Week on our Main stage or individual show stages, to take part in our UKCW student initiative, and they will be asked to write for our Construction Matters blog. They will be invited to selected events in the coming months, as well as being VIPs at the main event in October.
Whilst all those selected in the group will gain significant profile from the campaign, there will be awards presented at the event itself to those who have been selected by the UKCW Advisory Committee to have been deemed the UKCW Role Models of the year. These will be presented at UK Construction Week on Tuesday 9th October in front of the journalists and industry VIPs.
Entries for the role models campaign is now closed. We will publish the shortlisted role models on 1st June 2018.
UK Construction Week 2018 is the largest event in the UK for the built environment, with over 35,000 attendees and 650 exhibitors, and takes place from 9 – 11 October, please visit www.ukconstructionweek.com for more information.