Construction Careers Week is coming to Birmingham, but you must register in advance to particpate. Why? Because, safeguarding…
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This Month includes:
* Construction Careers Week – it’s a biggie, you don’t want to miss this
* Call for Enterprise Advisers – influence young people and teachers about careers in construction
* Shout Out to our Supporters – June features Rider Levett Bucknall and Willmott Dixon
* Dates for your Diary – this one probably doesn’t need explaining
Well, here’s your chance.
If you had a direct link to careers advisers and teachers, how much could you do to influence the way they talk about construction careers to young people?
Then you need to become an Enterprise Adviser!
Birmingham Construction Careers Week is confirmed! From Monday 9th to Saturday 14th October, businesses across the region will be providing careers encounters for hundreds of young people
After many months of discussions, BESS is delighted to announce that we’ll be working closely with the Careers and Enterprise Company in the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP region!
FEBRUARY – 10th February, 1pm
GUEST – Dave Lee, Building Site to Boardroom
Following their excellent coverage in Construction News as part of the Mind Matters initiative, we are delighted to welcome our February guest, Dave Lee, director of not-for-profit company Building Site to Boardroom (BS2B), an organisation set up to support mental wellbeing in construction
Dave struggled with depression for 20 years. After his parents put him in care when they divorced, Dave spent time in and out of jail before he “fell into” construction, eventually leading the delivery of million-pound jobs.
But the stresses of the industry and responsibility took their toll and Dave turned to alcohol and drugs. “I was drinking heavily and using drugs to cope. I couldn’t even go to a pub unless I had a drink – only then did I have the courage to talk to people.”
Stories like Dave’s experiences are not uncommon. But due to the lack of open conversation around mental health in construction, you wouldn’t have thought it.
It is estimated that one in four of us will experience a mental health issue in our lifetimes. But a stigma surrounds mental health, so much so that it remains a taboo subject in industries like construction.
With the construction industry accounting for more than 6 per cent of the UK’s workforce, it is likely that hundreds of thousands of people are experiencing mental health problems, many of them in silence. But there is a clear lack of open dialogue surrounding this issue: from building site to boardroom, there is little chance of seeing work stop for discussion on issues such as loneliness, anxiety, panic attacks or personality disorders.