Rooff welcome the new initiative from CIOB ‘Think Construction’ which aims to address the poor image construction still suffers among pupils in the 14 – 19 age group and their teachers, through a major new recruitment and careers awareness programme. This new initiative contains a toolkit of materials which will help volunteer CIOB members present the exciting world of construction directly to students and schools.
‘Jacqueline Balian, Commercial Director at the Chartered Institute of Building said: “We are very conscious many pupils and schools are only aware of the trade level jobs in construction and that is hampering the sector’s recruitment scope. We aim to show the full range of management positions and help our members attract the new people they need.
“Now that they have clear targets in terms of careers advice, schools are looking for people to talk to pupils about careers and CIOB Members can volunteer to do that. We are particularly keen to get our Novus Members involved where they can talk in schools about their job and what it’s like to work in construction. We are asking Members to give us just one hour of their time to inspire young people into the sector.”
She added: “We think this will also help our members develop their presentation skills and the pack gives them all the content they need to do a really engaging presentation including video clips, games, information and presentation templates.” ‘
Rooff Director and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building, Steve Drury, says “I spend a lot of time talking about construction management careers in schools with young people and this new initiative with its associated presentation materials will be a great asset and help me get across the exciting opportunities available in the industry.”