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March 2021 Newsletter

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“Spring is the time of plans and projects” – Tolstoy And we’re all about the plans and projects this spring! In this edition of the BESS newsletter you’ll get the lowdown on: The Festival of Construction A shoutout for Regional Ambassadors Our latest video for schools More on the Virtual Work Experience platform Get your […]

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Build the Things that Build Better Things

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Kathryn Lennon-Johnson on careers that build a future of health, inclusion, and sustainability on purpose. This piece was originally printed in the CDI magazine, ‘Career Matters’ Construction is not a popular career choice The 2014 PyeTait report, Educating the Educators, found 35% of careers advisers believed construction to be an unattractive career opportunity. Data from […]

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PRESS RELEASE: “Planning for the Future” by Empowering Future Generations

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The Government’s latest planning reform document suggests automatic planning approval for many building uses and the scrapping of Section 106 obligations; Concern has been raised across the construction industry regarding environmental responsibilities, affordable housing, place-making and a lack of focus on retrofitting; This provides an excellent opportunity to give young people an active and meaningful […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Engaging the Next Generation in the PM’s ‘New Deal’

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The Prime Minister has today announced a £5bn ‘New Deal’ investment, to create jobs skills and infrastructure for Britain after years of reduced investment; Hospitals, rail, roads, prisons, high streets and schools are all included in the accelerated capital spend; The environmental and sustainability credentials of these projects have been met with immediate and significant […]

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PRESS RELEASE: ‘How Construction Could Save the World’ Tops 400

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Virtual careers conference for students and teachers entitled  “How Construction Could Save the World” currently boasts over 400 tickets booked; While school buildings remain closed to many pupils, Careers Leads must continue to provide careers advice that meets the eight Gatsby Benchmarks; The perception of careers in construction is an ongoing struggle, and over 90%* […]

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How Construction Could Save the World

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The built environment matters. It has consequences. The things we build affect generations to come. Construction plays a more substantial part in environmental sustainability, equality and inclusion, social mobility, and future-proofing our lives than many other sectors. How will our current challenges create even more opportunities in the construction industry? Time to shatter some misperceptions, […]

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#LearninginLockdown – A Call to Arms

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Just over one month ago, more than three million senior school pupils in the UK prematurely ended their normal learning structure. But school is still running, and students still need to receive careers information and guidance until the end of July 2020. 4000 Careers Leaders across the UK are crying out for support to help […]

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The Viral Incentive to Build Better Stuff

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The built environment has the potential to be a powerful force for good in the ongoing battle against human pandemics. In fact, it has a track record. Kathryn Lennon-Johnson FRSA looks at the powerful architectural designs of the Art Deco period in the fight against tuberculosis and asks whether the construction industry is ready to […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Industry Encouraged to Keep Engaging Schools during COVID-19

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CITB research* says that only 10% of construction employers have currently engaged with schools, and Built Environment Skills In Schools is supporting the ‘Next 10%’** Schools across England, Scotland and Wales closed from last Friday (20/3/2020) and will conduct remote learning until further notice GCSEs and A-levels are cancelled for this academic year, and it […]