Welcome to Built Environment Skills in Schools

The built environment matters. It has consequences. The things we build affect individuals, communities and environments for decades. Solving the skills shortage in construction and improving the built environment for all our futures are two sides of the same coin.

And Built Environment Skills in Schools exists to get employers into schools, help to educate teachers, and ultimately inspire a new generation of bright minds to become the future of the construction sector.

This site is dedicated to teachers and students across the UK. Here you will find lesson plans, videos, student opportunities, resources, podcasts, job profiles, courses and events all focused on empowering students as active citizens of the built environment through the construction industry.

Built Environment Skills in Schools (BESS) also exists to support construction employer and apprentices to deliver sustainable, significant change across the industry. You can find links to those dedicated sites below.

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Empowering students as active citizens of the built environment


Empowering employers to change perceptions of the industry


Empowering apprentices to challenge industry aspirations and beliefs

This is our founder, Kathryn Lennon-Johnson, speaking about her passion for the built environment at 2017’s TEDxBrum

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