Last week, FIS Skills announced the launch of their flagship #iBuiltThis2017 campaign. A visual campaign, image led and run completely on social media utilising the Instagram and Twitter platforms for a period of three weeks, with the submissions opening from the 4 September (until 24 September) and winners announced at the UK Construction Week.
The campaign is designed to get young people, the construction industry and the public to participate and show how proud they are of their contribution to the UK built environment in a fun, exciting and light-hearted way. We would like to showcase construction as the exciting and diverse sector it is with its huge breadth of disciplines and career opportunities to help attract new entrants. Campaign entry submissions will be open on 4 September 2017.
Steve Coley, President of FIS said “I have two teenage sons who when attending careers advice at school, have never had a career in construction offered to them, why?. It seems careers in construction is a forgotten subject! So, in order to protect our industry from running out of talent in the future it’s important to engage youngsters. #iBuiltThis2017, is just the right platform for the youth of today to show their talents to be the future architects, engineers, designers and installers.”
The exclusive line-up on the judging panel consists of industry leaders, advocates and educators who are backing this campaign and want to present construction as an attractive sector, full of opportunity and diversity of careers for young people and new entrants.
The judging panel consists of Amanda Clack the President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Brendan Williams the CEO of Building Heroes, Jack Parsons, Young Digital Leader Of the Year & CEO of Yourfeed, Mark Farmer Industry Advocate, Steve Coley the President of FIS, Steve Neilson from Worksmart Contracts Ltd, an FIS member in Scotland and Wyn Prichard the Director of Construction Skills from the NPTC group of colleges in Wales.
The competition will be judged on the best creative picture and best response to the question asked within each age category. The public vote will make up 50% of the overall scores. The remaining 50% of the scores will be ranked in order by the judging panel and winners selected.
The winners will be announced at UK Construction Week exhibition between 10- 12 October. All finalists will also have their images streamed at the exhibition. The prizes will be awarded in November 2017.
Amanda Clack FRICS, RICS President said “I’m proud to support the #IBuiltThis2017 initiative as we look to promote to the public, and the next generation of construction professionals, the variety and excitement the world of construction offers. I encourage everyone to enter the competition. Get creative as we demonstrate construction’s impact on all aspects of our lives.”