This year we took part in National Careers Week.
The dedicated week, which ran from 1st to 6th March, is a celebration of careers guidance and free educational resources available across the UK. The aim is to provide a focus for careers guidance activity at an important stage in the academic calendar, to help support and inform young people leaving education and moving on to employment.
The construction industry is facing a skills crisis, with an ageing workforce and not enough new recruits in the pipeline to replace them as they retire – something which could be incredibly damaging to our sector if we don’t do something about it.
One of the goals within our Positive Impact Plan is to do our bit to help overcome this by pledging to educate school children about the construction industry to ensure we continue to attract and inspire more young people to consider the construction industry as a career.
One of the main challenges we face is that people don’t necessarily understand the vast range of job opportunities that our sector offers. There is also a stereotype that it’s a male dominated industry.
To address this and try to give people a flavour of what it’s like to work in the construction industry, we spoke to 15 of our employees across a range of roles – many of which are not typically associated with the sector.
Our careers videos received thousands of views across our social channels and during the course of the week, were also featured on the LiveLearn platform in collaboration with our customer Highways England. The Live Learn platform seeks to inspire the next generation through engaging and interactive live broadcasts directly into the classroom in order to provide valuable learning opportunities for young people and to help shape the future workforce.
We hope you have been inspired by our stories and consider the many career opportunities available in the construction industry!
If you missed the videos, you can view them here:
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