Relocation to Liverpool was an exhilarating time for me—this is a city renowned for its grit, determination and creativity, and it’s a flourishing place to live. With the city returned to growth, it’s a really exciting time to be here as a construction project manager. Growth is supported by a booming visitor economy, promising knowledge/technology sector, and new key developments.
Young professionals collaborate
I want to get really involved in Liverpool’s revitalisation, so when I heard about the multi-sector Ideas for Liverpool initiative, I jumped at the chance to play a part. Beginning in May 2019, the initiative brought together a 60-strong group of young professionals from 40 different companies, to form the Liverpool Ideas Forum.
In the face of the city’s many challenges, our mission is to be part of the solution, focusing on ways to make Liverpool the most exciting city in the UK, create spaces and places that allow people to thrive, in an inclusive city that offers equal access to resources and opportunities.
The aim was to develop tangible ideas that the Mayor of Liverpool and Chief Executive of Liverpool City Council could take on board. From an exploratory workshop, four key themes emerged: mobility and work/life balance; health and wellbeing; skills and education, and decarbonisation and the circular economy.
Improving skills and education
I formed part of the skills and education group and we have developed a proposal for an online platform called In2, which connects individuals, industries and institutions to share information about skills and opportunities. This will help to overcome the challenge with connecting the right people into an industry that makes best use of their skills. Through this platform, users would be matched with a mentor in their chosen industry, receiving support and advice whilst looking for new opportunities.
The platform would provide real social value and a chance to drive inclusive growth in the local community by allowing employees to offer their advice and guidance through mentoring. In2 provides a place to showcase what’s on offer across the city on a platform that is already connected to candidates and employers.
The plan for In2, would be to have a real-time, data-rich platform which could be used to inform local policy decision-making.
Launch of the Ideas for Liverpool book
Throughout development, each Ideas for Liverpool group presented its proposals to a panel which included Tony Reeves, Chief Executive, Liverpool City Council, Claire McColgan, Head of Culture Liverpool, and Colin Sinclair, Chief Executive, Knowledge Quarter Liverpool. The feedback received enabled further refinement and the proposals have now been published in a book funded by Arup, launched on October 25th 2019. To find out more about In2 and what we have to say on other key themes, download the book here.
The Ideas for Liverpool initiative aligns with Faithful+Gould’s commitment to supporting this wonderful city and its surrounding region. We recently opened a Liverpool city centre office to support key projects in the region, positioning ourselves at the heart of the city’s renaissance. It’s great to be working in partnership with so many stakeholders, jointly harnessing the city’s energy and potential, to make Liverpool even greater.
Our growing portfolio of major development projects includes schemes for Liverpool John Moores University at Copperas Hill and Tithebarn Street, Your Housing’s Liverpool Waters development and Paddington Village in the city’s Knowledge Quarter for Liverpool City Council.