UK Construction Week (UKCW) has unveiled a new initiative to showcase industry role models in a bid to help the sector compete for talent.
It aims to elevate the profile of construction role models by telling their stories in a nationwide publicity campaign through trade and consumer media
“There are some amazing people working in the sector and their stories can be inspirational to others,” explained Nathan Garnett, event director for UKCW. “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 the sector.
Construction professionals can apply to be role models themselves or can nominate colleagues who feel that they deserve recognition.
The initiative is aimed at all parts of the sector and people at all stages of their career.
Successful UKCW role models will be asked to speak at the main stage or individual show stages at UK Construction Week, to take part in its student initiative and to write for its Construction Matters blog. They will also be invited to selected events in the coming months, as well as being VIPs at the main event in October.
Awards will be presented to those who have been selected by the UKCW Advisory Committee as 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.
The deadline for nominations is Friday 27 April. To enter or nominate, visit http://bit.ly/2uIrgeZ and submit a 300-word max biog and short summary (under 300 words) on why you or your nomination should be selected.
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.