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At Built Environment Skills in Schools we are passionate about the built environment. We believe that the things we build matter. They impact generations to come through health, environmental sustainability, social value, and equality.

Our purpose here at Built Environment Skills in Schools is to:

“Build the things that build better things.”

That means helping you to build literal things – buildings, places and spaces – that build experiential things like health and wellbeing, safety, equality and connectedness.

Construction has the potential power to change the world for everyone. It has more potential impact then finance, or healthcare or politics.

But, as an industry, construction often struggles to overcome damaging misperceptions and attract bright, diverse minds and innovative attitudes. BESS exists to show you exactly how it’s done, and help you to deliver schools engagement that is effective, focused, fun, and delivers on your social value ambitions.

Why Pupils Needs You

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Four or more careers interventions reduce the risk of pupils becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training) by 86%. Statistically, that’s HUGE.

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of young people are concerned about their future job prospects and opportunities.

*this figure was recorded prior to COVID19, recession and the Brexit referendum.

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When young people receive high quality work encounters during their time in education, they have been shown to earn up to 18% more than counterparts who don’t.


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

BESS is committed to supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Our specific commitment is to Goal 11, delivered through Goals 4, 8 and 9. All our on-demand Virtual Work Experience themes are designed to reflect the significance of sustainability, inclusion and resilience in the built environment.