Construction Careers Newsletter – July

A newsletter of lovely construction careers things.

Your second monthly installment of construction careers goodness from across Birmingham and Solihull. Please feel free to share with your colleagues

This Month includes:

  • Birmingham Professional Services Week – did you miss all the action?
  • Getting ready to go into schools and promote construction careers? Then help yourself to some lovely ideas and resources
  • Chris Hufford from Willmott Dixon talks about encouraging the next generation into construction
  • Want to be more active in schools? Register as an Industry Champion
  • Dates for your Diary – get involved

Birmingham Professional Services Week

In case you missed it, the last week of June saw an influx of school children into the Birmingham Business District in the shape of Professional Services Week. Organised by Birmingham Professional Services (BPS), the week is designed to show young people the opportunities and roles that exist behind all those shiny glass windows

Employers from Birmingham-based professional services firms delivered events, talks and activities to over 400 children and their teachers.

Baroness Estelle Morris, former Education Secretary, delivered a scorching keynote, hosted at Deloitte’s offices. And even West Midlands Mayor Andy Street popped in to talk to some pupils about the skills and opportunities in Birmingham.

In the next newsletter edition, we’ll hear from BPS Executive Director, Hilary Smyth-Allen.

Construction’s own Careers Week takes place from 9th-14th October, and you can register by clicking the big blue button below


Templates, Ideas and Starter Packs for School Outreach


So, you’ve got the opportunity to go into a school and dazzle the children with the future awaits them if they join construction. You know about your own role, your employer, the projects you’ve delivered. But how do you present all that in an engaging way to young people who are still in education?

Well, the first thing to do is help yourself to some presentation slide starter packs, classroom activities, handouts, challenges and other top tips over on the BESS Resources page

Read more…

Profiling Our Supporters

Chris Hufford, Operations Director for Willmott Dixon, leading on the National College for High Speed Rail, said:

“As a national construction business employing over 3,500 staff, we recognise the importance in ensuring that tomorrow’s generation continue to choose careers in construction – without this industry large infrastructure projects such as HS2 simply couldn’t be delivered.

“We are passionate about promoting the sector and across the region we are involved in a number of engagement and outreach initiatives in schools, designed to foster engagement and interest in pursuing a career in construction.

“We’re pleased to have been able to support Built Environment Skills in Schools with the Enterprise Adviser Network programme, helping the team continue their great work in giving an insight into this thriving and crucial industry.”

For more on all our supporters, click here…

Make sure your company is registered as an Industry Champion if you want more opportunities to engage with schools. Even if you already have existing relationships with schools, Enterprise Advisers will still need to access details of your expertise in order to populate their strategic career plans (click here for the registration form)

Dates For Your Diary

Schools Outreach Skills Session4th October 2017

Kindly organised by NAWIC WM, and hosted at WSP, this taster session will get you practicing your storytelling and presentation skills… just in time for Construction Careers Week!
Click here to register your interest…
Construction Careers Week
9th – 14th October 2017

Construction Careers Week is a week of activities, events and challenges across Birmingham and Solihull for secondary schools to raise awareness of and enthusiasm for careers in the built environment
More here…