National Federation of Builders (NFB) engages future talent at career development exhibition

The NFB piloted its ‘BIM for Schools’ programme at the Your Future, Your Choice exhibition held at Blackpool Pleasure Beach on 27 and 28 January.

We used virtual reality technology to enable students to walk through a BIM model experience and demonstrate the depth and breadth of career opportunities available in construction.

Construction 2025, the joint vision by industry and government released last year, states:

“The construction industry must attract the right people if it is to realise lasting transformation. To achieve this, fundamental change is required in how the construction industry is perceived by the general public.”

A talented and diverse workforce was identified as a critical success factor for the growth and development of the sector.

Research carried out by the Department for Work and Pensions’ Extending Working Lives programme reported that across the whole sector the next 10 years would see a significant decline in the number of younger workers and there are now fewer under 16s than over 54s.

The transformation of the sector to a more technological and digital industry provides an opportunity to engage with young people for whom construction would not necessarily be a first choice career and to work with contracting companies, and the education sector, to embed a culture of lifelong learning within those working in construction.

Karen Dawes, NFB Training Manager, says

“Construction is not a currently a preferred career choice for many young people in either graduate, professional or trade roles. Our ‘BIM for Schools’ programme aims to play a part in making the industry more attractive to a new generation of talent.”

The NFB ‘BIM for Schools’ project is expected to be rolled out across England and Wales over the coming year. For more details, contact NFB Training Manager, Karen Dawes, on 01772 789307.