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Shining a Light: Why Representation Matters in Construction, and How the Building the Future Awards Are Leading the Way

The construction industry in the UK plays a vital role in shaping our landscapes and communities. From towering skyscrapers to intricate bridges, the build environment tells a story of innovation, progress, and human ingenuity. Yet, despite its undeniable impact, the industry continues to face a challenge in attracting diverse talent. This can be attributed, in part, to a lack of visibility, leading to the misconception that construction careers are suited only for a specific demographic.

Empowering Through Visibility:

The saying, "if you can't see it, you can't be it," rings true in construction. When young individuals, particularly those from underrepresented groups, don't see themselves reflected in the industry, they may not even consider it a viable career path. This lack of exposure can hinder their potential and contribute to a missed opportunity for both individuals and the industry as a whole.

Building the Future Awards: Championing Young Talent:

Here at the Building Future Awards, we are committed to addressing this challenge by increasing visibility and promoting representation in the construction sector. We do this by recognising an celebrating the achievements of young individuals already making waves in the industry.

Celebrating Diverse Journeys:

The Building Future Awards are unique in their focus on young people at the beginning of their construction careers. By showcasing their stories, their passion, and their diverse backgrounds, we aim to:

  • Inspire the next generation: Seeing young people like themselves thriving in construction ignites a spark of interest and encourages others to explore the exciting opportunities this field offers.

  • Create role models: Award winners become role models for their peers, demonstrating that a career in construction is achievable regardless of background or experience.

  • Highlight diverse career paths: By featuring winners from various construction disciplines, we showcase the breadth of opportunities available, dispelling the myth that construction is a one-size-fits-all industry.

Join the Movement - Nominations Open Until May 31st!

The power to shape the future of construction lies within each of us. you can be part of this crucial movement by:

  • Nominating inspiring young talent: Do you know a young person (aged 18-35) in the construction industry who is passionate, dedicated, and making a difference? Nominate them or encourage them to self-nominate for the Building the Future Awards! Don't miss out, nominations close on May 31st! Visit to learn more and access the nomination form.

  • Spread the word: Share information about the awards with your networks, encouraging others to nominate deserving individuals.

  • Engage with the future: Attend our events, follow us on social media, and connect with the next generation of construction professionals.

By working together, we can create a construction industry that reflects the fabric of our society. An industry where everyone sees themselves reflected, where anyone can dream it, and anyone can build it.

Let's shine a light on the future of construction! Nominate a deserving young person today!

Closing date for nominations is 31st May 2024

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