The Prince’s Trust Built Environment Leadership Group (BELG) has been working on an exciting new project for our young people to encourage more diversity within the industry. 

Following a consultation with employers, public sector stakeholders and training providers within the sector, the BELG decided to concentrate its efforts in Birmingham, which is a fantastic hub of activity for collaboration and linking public and private sectors together.

The initiative kicked off earlier this month with the BELG's very first 'Building Careers in Birmingham' pilot, a two-day engagement and employability workshop encouraging young people to learn more about this versatile industry.

We had a fantastic response from supporting organisations with Balfour Beatty, Balfour Beatty Vinci, ISG, Costain, Engie, CITB and Birmingham City Council delivering really insightful sessions and inspiring young people to join the Built Environment sector.

The group was able to do some brilliant myth-busting and bring the industry closer to the 26 young people who took part, who would otherwise have never considered Built Environment as a career option - thanks to VR goggles and exploring the use of drones in modern construction. The following day, the young people were also able to explore their next steps directly with employers. 

One of our participants, Aishah, said:

When I was invited to Building Careers in Birmingham I was certain the construction industry wasn’t for me. But, I’m glad Laura convinced me to come as it’s opened my eyes to the spectrum of roles that are available. My advice to young people would be not to rule it out without giving it a chance. You’ll be surprised to learn how little you actually know.

As a result of the pilot, we've had some young people access work placements with employers; attend interviews; begin engineering courses; and signing up to our Get into Construction programmes.  

The BELG now aims to expand the pilot to new locations across the UK.