Jayne Hall, CABE Vice-President had the pleasure of joining experts and industry leaders at the Inspire Summit last week. The summit now in its third year encourages the debate around diversity in the construction industry and was attended by men and women working in construction, as well as students hoping to join the industry.
The focus this year was on creating cultures where everyone can succeed and the event was split into three sections: personal development, recruitment and retention.
Discussions around the importance of high ethical standards and the role that professional bodies play in maintaining the highest levels of competency, as well as looking at unconscious bias and the ways to implement inclusive recruitment strategies were investigated.
Jayne was delighted to be invited to take part in a panel discussion discussing attracting a more diverse workforce for the future.
Jayne, along with Wendy Ajuwon – Head of Marketing, British Board of Agrément, Caroline Key – G4C, National Co-Chair, CITB, Nike Folayan – Chair, Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers and Josie Rothera – Couse Director for MSc Civil Engineering, Leeds Beckett University and Director at STEER Support & Mentoring CIC discussed the ongoing skills crisis and how it is set to be further exacerbated by Brexit.
The panel examined how role models and mentoring schemes have an important part to play in order to highlight the rewarding career options that are available but concluded that the focus needs to widen in order to attract more people from hard-to-reach or marginalised communities.
CABE was pleased to support the Inspire Summit and get involved in the debate, it is important that barriers preventing people from entering the industry are broken down and that more is done to attract more people into construction and the built environment sector. It is imperative that we all as CABE members work hard to appeal to a wider talent pool and engage with school children parents and teachers to make construction careers more attractive to young people.
- Last year Jackie Macaulay, Chief Operations Officier presented a fascinating free Webinar on Unconscience Bias. Watch the webinar