Exhibiting over two days at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, the Bring It On! event brought together national and regional organisations to showcase the exciting construction career opportunities open to young people in the north east.
More than 2,400 nine to 14-year-olds visited the event over the two days to learn more about construction, with Faithful+Gould and Atkins demonstrating just how exciting a career in the industry can be through talks, demonstrations and activities exploring the different aspects of a STEM-related profession.
“I’m incredibly proud of the effort our STEM Ambassadors put in to motivate young people into the construction industry...”
Nick Gray, Faithful+Gould's Regional Managing Director
Rachel Laden, assistant planner and one of Faithful+Gould’s STEM Ambassadors, said: “Science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) have a profound impact on our everyday lives, especially in the built environment, yet we are still seeing a skills gap within the construction industry. Hopefully by getting involved in this event, we have inspired some of the young people who visited to choose construction as their future career.”
The exhibition stand was full of practical games and activities, with the main focus being a three-minute Foil Boat Challenge, where the young participants were challenged to design and build a boat out of one piece of tin foil. Once the time was up, the boats were placed on water with marbles inside to see if their designs were sea worthy.
Ben Hancock, assistant engineer and one of Atkins’ STEM Ambassadors, said: “It is important that we find new and interactive ways to engage young people into STEM-related subjects and the construction profession. By exhibiting at this event, we hope that we’ve helped in bringing a new perspective to the construction industry and the brilliant career opportunities that are available. We’re looking forward to getting further involved in events like this in the north east, and to inspiring the next generation of surveyors, project managers and engineers.”
Faithful+Gould and Atkins have over 500 STEM Ambassadors across the UK, supporting local schools, colleges and institutions through classroom activities, workshops, mentoring and events. Both organisations are committed to inspiring the next generation and actively provide work experience to students, to better inform them about the routes into construction and how rewarding a career in the industry is.
Nick Gray, Faithful+Gould’s Regional Managing Director, said: “Inspiring young people to pursue STEM subjects beyond compulsory education and into industry is key to addressing the skills gap we’re currently facing. I’m incredibly proud of the effort our STEM Ambassadors put in to motivate young people into the construction industry; they’re integral to us building a better future.”