Hints and tips
These hints and tips come from real-world experiences of National Skills Academy for Construction (NSAfC) project leaders and co-ordinators.
Careers events are an important means of raising awareness about the diversity of opportunities and job roles in the construction industry, and promoting the sector as a whole, particularly to underrepresented groups.
Each careers event you organise is worth 1 outcome against KPI 3. For more information, see KPIs: meeting your targets.
Targeting your audience
Students and undergraduates should not be your sole focus. Targeting influencers, such as careers staff, training and employment organisations, and community groups, will help to create a snowball effect in efforts to overturn outdated perceptions about the nature of construction work and who can do it.
This assists industry’s outreach to people not in education, employment or training, and anyone who may otherwise be discouraged from looking at a career in construction because of misconceptions.
Look out of national and regional events, such as National Apprenticeship Week, that you can use to tie in to the events you are organising. You can check for careers events on the Go Construct website.
Find out if you have any STEM Ambassadors in-house to help you.
Go Construct is our website aimed at young people and anyone interested in construction careers, featuring useful information on work experience, and marketing and educational resources that you can use in your career event.
Experience Construction Programme is a CITB work experience scheme helping employers help young people get a taste for construction.
Construction Youth Trust is a charity helping young people in England and Wales find training and employment opportunities in the construction industry.
Inspiring Futures is a leading provider of careers information, advice and guidance, working with skills across the UK and internationally.
Inspiring The Future aims to motivate young people by giving them opportunities to meet role models doing exciting and interesting jobs.
STEM Learning is the largest provider of education and careers support in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Find out how employers can get involved.
Tomorrow’s Engineers is bringing schools and industry together to grow talent in engineering.
WISE works with business and industry to promote the success of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.