Inspiring Construction: how to win over young workers

first_imgWe’ve long talked about the image of construction as a key reason why more young people do not choose to join our industry. At Build UK, we believe that it isn’t our image, but more a problem with how the industry presents itself. If we spend our time talking about dirty and muddy projects, then all we will do is reinforce the stereotypes that exist. Yet we have such an amazing story to tell. We build everything around us, from the schools we learn in to the hospitals we were born in and the homes we live in. How many other industries leave such a legacy, and how many other industries have such a diverse set of roles and working environments? As the new chairman of Build UK, I’ve made better and more effective engagement with schools a core part of my agenda for the next two years. I want to see a real step change in how we work with teachers, parents and pupils. Engagement must begin at a young age. Children start to rule career options in or out at an early age, and evidence shows that girls and boys hold stereotypical views about male and female careers by the age of seven. Certainly we need to be engaging with students before they choose their GCSE subjects, so that they understand about the benefits of choosing a career in construction. And the impact of such engagement is huge. We are calling on all of you in the industry to step up and share your pride at saying ‘I built that, I love what I do, and this industry is open to everybody’Research by the Education and Employers Taskforce shows that students who have four or more contacts with employers while they are at school are 25% less likely to become NEET (not in education, employment and training) and can expect, when in full-time employment, to earn more than peers who had no such exposure. This demonstrates the direct impact that we can have on the lives of young people. The government’s Construction 2025 strategy set the challenge for the industry to “inspire young people through a co-ordinated approach”, and this was reinforced in the Farmer review, which called for “an outreach programme to schools drawing on existing industry exemplars and the vision for the industry’s future”. With members’ support, Build UK – in partnership with the Construction Industry Training Board – has launched the Inspiring Construction campaign to give everybody across the industry the information, tools and advice to help students take their first step into the industry. Whether through graduate programmes or apprenticeships, there are opportunities for all.Technological and workplace change means young people face much more choice when deciding on their future career. If we are to achieve our aim of getting a more diverse set of talented people enthusiastic about the prospect of a career in construction, then we must be bold and ambitious. Instead of talking about an image problem, let’s do something to show people how they can get involved and the variety of opportunities construction has to offer. This industry is full of people who are passionate about construction, who enjoy thriving careers in a whole range of roles, utilising a broad variety of different skills. There are a myriad success stories throughout our sector at every level. Research and experience suggests that the impact of careers events is amplified when the person providing information to pupils about jobs and careers can draw on personal, first-hand experience of those professions. We need to draw from everybody in the sector – from tier-one contractors to clients and all the way through the supply chain – to tell a powerful story to students about our sectorI had the privilege of launching Inspiring Construction last month at Ditton Park Academy in Slough. A new, state-of-the-art building – project managed by Mace – for a secondary school with big ambitions to show its students that their dreams can be achieved. I recited my own story to those students.I started my career as a 16-year-old apprentice, and some 36 years later I am a group board director for a multibillion-pound, international company, Mace. I showed the students photographs of the buildings I am so proud to have been part of constructing. I was so impressed at the level of knowledge in the room – the students identified Birmingham New Street station and the Tate Modern and were very excited to see the new Spurs stadium taking shape in Tottenham. Seeing their eyes light up at the range of careers our industry has to offer and their surprise at the earning potential at different career stages made me resolve to dedicate more of my time to inspiring the next generation. I hope you will join me. Wouldn’t it be great also if – instead of retiring off into the sunset – our experienced project, commercial and technical staff were retained part-time, in the twilight of their career, to teach our youngsters how things should be done, passing down their knowledge to the next generation? If you want to be part of helping bring young people into the industry, Inspiring Construction will give you the tools you need and connect you to a school, college or university. In return, we need you to volunteer your time to share your story and engage people by being inspiring and passionate. We need to inspire the next generation with something we all know: that construction is a career like no other. We need to draw from everybody in the sector – from tier-one contractors to clients and all the way through the supply chain – to tell a powerful story to students about our sector. So we are calling on all of you in the industry to step up and share your pride at saying: “I built that, I love what I do, and this industry is open to everyone who wants to build the world we live in.” Mark Castle is the chair of Build UK and deputy chief operating officer at Macelast_img read more

Date Set For Public Consulations on Future of Albert Hall in Annan

first_imgWith the mission to be “More Than Just a Landlord: Making Our Communities Better Places”, Cunninghame Housing Association (CHA) has been commissioned by Dumfries and Galloway Council to conduct feasibility planning to explore options for the redevelopment of the Albert Hall, with a view to developing a community asset which can provide new community infrastructure within Annan.Cunninghame Housing Association is already committed to building 217 affordable houses for rent in Annan over the next 2-3 years. It is currently building new houses at the corner of Port Street and the High Street, only 100 metres from the Albert Hall.On behalf of Cunninghame Housing Association, Community Enterprise in Scotland (CEIS) is undertaking a range of community consultation methods to gather the views of the local community and find out more about the need for services, activities and facilities in the area.The findings from the community consultation will be used to inform development options for the Albert Hall.Feedback from all the consultations will then form the basis of the feasibility planning study which will provide options for the Councils consideration for the redevelopment of the Albert Hall. The feasibility study will be submitted to Dumfries & Galloway Council in April/May 2020.Frank Sweeney, Group Chief Executive of Cunninghame Housing Association said “Prior to the feasibility being submitted to the Council CEIS and CHA will hold a further one day “Feedback Day” on the outcome of the consultations in late January 2020. This will give all who have consulted the opportunity to look at the overall feedback and draft proposals.” Albert Hall Design Team AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInThere will be two public consultation sessions at Annan Town Hall on Monday the 9th of December 2019 – 2pm & 6pmDumfries and Galloway Council and the Annan Regeneration Steering Group are planning future improvements to Annan town centre. Previous community consultations have identified people’s concerns with the condition of many of the town centre’s buildings and the wish for these to be improved and to contribute to a positive future development of Annan.The ‘B’ listed Albert Hall on 15 Port Street is a historical building that has played a key part in the history of Annan. The building has however been run down for a number of years and due to dampness and plant growth, the condition of the building is deteriorating.last_img read more

“Rounding the Bases” in Orioles’ 4-2 win over Blue Jays

first_imgWho stood out in the Orioles’ 4-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon?In the spirit of hockey’s “three stars” system with the addition of home plate for honorable mentions and other notes, we go around the bases after the 67th game of the 2016 season.1st — Jonathan Schoop started in the No. 2 spot in the order for just the third time in his career and responded with a home run, a double, a single, three RBIs, and three runs scored in a game in which runs were at a premium. The 24-year-old’s free-swinging ways are hardly conducive to hitting in the second spot in the order, but Schoop provided the early spark against Toronto knuckleballer R.A. Dickey with a one-out double in the first inning and hit the deciding solo shot to the opposite field with two outs in the bottom of the third. The Orioles own a 32-7 record in games in which he hits a home run in his career, which is a remarkable coincidence if nothing else.2nd — Yovani Gallardo wasn’t great in his return as he walked four and lasted just five innings, but he surrendered only two runs to earn his second win. It was his improved velocity that was the most encouraging aspect of his first major league start since going on the DL with right shoulder tendinitis on April 22. His fastball sat in the range of 88 to 90 mph, and he touched 92 on a few occasions, including consecutive pitches to strike out Troy Tulowitzki with the bases loaded in the third. He can be more competitive carrying that kind of stuff, but just turning in an outing like this one was a dramatic improvement over what the Orioles were getting from Ubaldo Jimenez and Mike Wright.3rd — Mychal Givens struggled in his last appearance against Toronto last weekend, but he did an excellent job bridging the gap to the late innings on Saturday by tossing two scoreless frames on 20 pitches. With the tying run in scoring position with one out in the seventh, Givens induced a grounder from Josh Donaldson and got Edwin Encarnacion to line out to left to retire the side. The 26-year-old has had his issues against left-handed bats this year, but he turned in his 11th scoreless appearance of more than one inning this season, an important contribution to one of the best bullpens in baseball.Home — Zach Britton doesn’t deserve praise for pitching his way into a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the ninth inning, but he reminded us why he’s one of the best closers in baseball by inducing a 4-6-3 double play from Donaldson to convert his 21st save in as many chances to begin the year. Despite allowing a hit and walking two, he extended his scoreless streak to 17 games covering 19 innings since May 5 and lowered his season ERA to 0.93. … In his final action before starting his four-game suspension on Sunday, Manny Machado went 3-for-3 with a double and scored the Orioles’ second run on a passed ball in the first inning. … In his first game since breaking his left foot on May 1, J.J. Hardy went 1-for-3 with a double just inside the third-base bag to lead off the bottom of the fifth and helped turn two double plays. … The Orioles send Chris Tillman to the hill in search of his 10th victory and a series win on Sunday afternoon while Toronto counters with right-hander Marcus Stroman.last_img read more

Pop-up Cheetos-themed restaurant to open in New York City

first_img FILE – In this Jan. 24, 2014, file photo, Simply Cheetos are displayed in New York. Frito-Lay is opening a pop-up Cheetos-themed restaurant in New York City for three days beginning Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Candice Choi, File) The Spotted Cheetah opens its doors in lower Manhattan for just three days next week. Some of the dishes on the three-course menu created by chef Anne Burrell include Cheetos Crusted Fried Pickles, Mac n’ Cheetos and Cheetos Sweetos Crusted Cheesecake. Prices run from $8 to $22 per dish.Frito-Lay says recipes created by fans inspired the company to “bring a full Cheetos culinary experience to life.”The Spotted Cheetah is completely booked for its brief run that begins Tuesday, but Cheetos fans can add their names to an online waitlist.Plano, Texas-based Frito-Lay is a division of PepsiCo. NEW YORK | Frito-Lay is getting in on New York City’s restaurant week by opening a pop-up eatery with a menu full of Cheetos-themed cuisine.last_img read more

St Johnstone sign Keith Watson on pre-contract until summer 2018

first_imgSt Johnstone have secured the signing of St Mirren defender Keith Watson on a pre-contract.The 26-year-old will join the Perth club in the summer on a deal that will keep him at McDiarmid Park until summer 2018. Manager Tommy Wright said in April the club had opened talks with Watson when he also reiterated his ongoing interest in Falkirk goalscorer Blair Alston and Dundee United’s Ryan Dow.Watson’s St Mirren contract is due to expire at the end of the month. He joined the Paisley side at the start of the season and featured 29 times, scoring five goals. The right-back made over 100 appearances for Dundee United, where he came through the ranks, and won the Scottish Cup with the Tannadice side in 2010. Watson leaves Alex Rae’s St Mirren side side following their sixth place finish in the Championship which drew to a close at the weekend.last_img read more