UKCW's Role Models to tackle the industry skills crisis

In the face of skills shortages across the construction industry, a highly motivated group of designers, civil engineers, digital specialists, contractors and expert tradespeople are taking the lead to inspire the next generation, as part of the UK Construction Week (UKCW) Role Model of the Year awards.

A total of 102 people from across all sectors of construction have been shortlisted as role models for the industry. All will go forward to the final of awards scheme at this year's UK Construction Week event at 15:00 on 6 October.

The UKCW Role Models awards scheme provides both personal and wider community benefit, offering a student and college contact programme, as well as a public platform to professionals of any age and background. It presents a way for them to network, teach, and share inspiring stories and invaluable experiences of how they came into their career, what it entails, their journey so far, and why they love what they do.

Nathan Garnett, UKCW event director, said: "UKCW Role Models are inspiring people who have a strong story to tell and can help to attract others into similar roles. They also act as mentors. Previous years' Role Models have been out visiting schools and meeting young people to encourage them into construction as a rewarding career.

"We've had an amazing response for this year's Role Model initiative, which unfortunately couldn't go ahead last year due to the pandemic, so we are delighted to have so many enthusiastic and skilled individuals to consider. Each one has been doing exceptional work in all kinds of areas in the sector. All those shortlisted should be truly proud of their achievements and know that they are an inspiration to the next generation.

"As an ever-involving industry, there are so many avenues to consider for a great career in construction, and many young people are unaware of just how varied their options are. This initiative goes to show the wide range of opportunities that are available to those looking to come on board. We want to showcase some of the best in the business whilst championing equality, diversity and inclusion in the industry, and we hope that our Role Models and their journeys will motiviate others to do the same."

UK Construction Week is the first major construction event in two years, taking place at the NEC in Birmingham from 5-7 October. It is completely free to attend. 

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