There is currently a misconception of what a career in construction offers, so Building Greater Exeter and Build Torbay have commissioned a powerful film to inspire young people to consider the range of exciting and rewarding careers in the sector.
The new short film – Build a Better Tomorrow – showcases young people working in a diverse range of construction roles on live sites in the south west. Build a Better Tomorrow is being promoted on digital platforms to reach 16-24 year olds in the Greater Exeter and Torbay areas from 21 June 2022.
- The annual recruitment requirement in the South West of 3.6% per year is above the UK average of 2.0% and means an extra 41,950 workers will be needed from 2022 to 2026.
- The ’Build a Better Tomorrow’ campaign aims to raise awareness of:
- the diversity of roles available in the industry, from sustainability specialists to architectural technicians, as well as the more well-known roles on site
- the variety of roles in the industry – there are over 180 jobs to choose from both on site and in the office and the fact that it is an industry for all genders
- the reward and recognition available in the industry, with higher than average salaries and excellent career progression
- environmental sustainability – transforming the lives of others through innovative and sustainable building and development
- the importance of digital skills, which are vital to most construction projects, with the latest technologies being used to innovate and develop buildings and infrastructure
For more information on working in the construction industry and the next steps visit www.constructioncareersuk.co.uk
Councillor Steve Darling, Leader of Torbay Council said:
“The construction sector offers rewarding careers in over 180 different jobs roles with excellent progression pathways. And because we have around £300m worth of regeneration projects taking shape in Torbay, we’ll need an extra 5,000 skilled workers to complete them.
We want as many of our local young people to take up these exciting and well-paid opportunities as possible; and this new film is a showcase of the diverse and fulfilling careers in 21st century construction.”
Matthew Cousins, Chair of Building Greater Exeter said: “We want to encourage young people with all of their energy and ideas into this hugely diverse industry. There are so many career paths and many that people are unaware of. This is an opportunity for young people to choose a career path and make a real difference to the built landscape in the region.”
The Build a Better Tomorrow campaign is a partner project led by Building Greater Exeter with contribution from Build Torbay.