Generation for Change: A Powerful Platform for Young Professionals

Jonny Frank
G4C (Generation for Change) is the young professional voice of the UK’s built environment. As the only truly cross-industry, independent, young professional movement, it champions change and drives the transformation of our industry for future generations. It’s exactly what we need in a sector facing a skills shortage.

The construction sector generates almost £90billion annually (6.7% of GDP) and employs in excess of 2.9million people, the equivalent of about 10% of UK employment (BIS). However, despite these impressive numbers there is a continuous challenge within construction; skills shortage.

With an ageing workforce and a poor pipeline of young people, the construction industry looks certain to face a skills crisis in the next decade. So, the problem is two-fold; attraction and recruitment.

G4C helps to plug this problem; open to anyone looking to join the industry, or is in the earlier stages (up to 15 years’ experience) of their career in the built environment sector, G4C provides a powerful platform to attract people to and retain people within the construction industry. Empowering emerging professionals with the ability to influence change, G4C harnesses people from all professions and challenges them to work together to make the industry more appealing.

Having joined last month as a member of the committee and co-chair for the Tees Valley region respectively, I’ve already seen first-hand how G4C allows you to express your ideas, grow your network and make an impact, with exposure to some of the most dynamic thought leaders in our sector.

As a Graduate Quantity Surveyor within Faithful+Gould, it matters that I have a voice within the industry and am encouraged to use it; because one day I’ll be managing the outcomes of today’s decisions. So, whether you’re a designer, engineer, architect, surveyor, programmer or procurer, working for an SME, contractor, consultant or client, G4C wants to hear from you.

In a 2017 survey (CITB), 28% of future young professionals saw the construction industry as an attractive proposition, up from 3% in 2015.  Clearly this is a step in the right direction, but there is much more to be done. Through promoting, supporting and contributing to G4C, we are shaping the industry; my limited time working with G4C has already filled me with huge optimism for the construction industry, and presented me with the opportunity to take an active approach to enhancing it for future generations. 

To get involved with G4C visit http://www.g4c.org.uk/ to find events near you and discover an unrivalled opportunity to make your voice heard – build your reputation, broaden your network and gain access to the some of the brightest and best industry leaders.

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