#iBuiltThis2018 is an image led campaign which aims to celebrate the skills and talent within the construction industry, and showcase projects people have built in relation to the built environment.

FIS chief executive Iain McIlwee said “The exclusive line-up on the judging panel consists of industry leaders, advocates and educators who are backing this campaign. The diversity the judging panel bring demonstrate how collaboration across the industry can help us to reach out to a wider audience and present construction as an attractive industry, full of opportunity and diversity of careers for young people and new entrants.

This year’s judging panel:

Amanda Clack – Executive Director, Head of Strategic Consulting at CBRE
Steve Coley – FIS immediate past president
Mark Farmer – industry advocate and Founding Director and CEO of Cast Consultancy
John Hughes – President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
Carwyn Jones – the winner of the #iBuiltThis2017 – 19 years and over age category
Kathryn Lennon-Johnson – Founder and Director of Built Environment Skills in Schools (BESS)
Fred Mills – Co-Founder and Managing Director of The B1M channel
Wyn Prichard – Director of Construction Skills from the NPTC group of colleges in Wales
Brendan Williams – CEO of Building Heroes

The #iBuiltThis2018 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. The competition will run for three weeks, submission is open from 3 September and closes on 23 September. Winners will be announced at the #iBuiltThis2018 awards ceremony at UK Construction Week on 9 October by TV personality and architect George Clarke. The finalists will also have their images streamed at the exhibition. The prizes will be awarded in November 2018.

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.

Nathan Garnett, Event Director of UK Construction Week said “We love hosting the #iBuiltThis2018 competition at UK Construction Week because it works so well with our ambition to engage the wider community in the sector and inspire people to build something, share their achievement and get young people imagining what they could do in the sector. It was fantastic to see the social media engagement last year and we expect that to increase this year as the competition has such widespread support”.

The support for this campaign has been phenomenal across the industry with an impressive list of partners and sponsors that keeps growing by the day.

Amanda Clack, Executive Director, Head of Strategic Consulting at CBRE said “I am passionate about attracting top talent into the built environment sector, which very much starts with the next generation. I was delighted to be part of the inaugural #iBuiltThis2017 campaign last year, and again this year, as I believe showcasing people taking pride in what they have built, through social media particularly, is a great way of attracting the next generation. I am really excited to see what people submit this year as part of this competition”.

This competition was designed for the industry by the industry to change perceptions and work collaboratively and in doing so, we would encourage everybody to enter the competition and showcase their skills www.thefis.org/skills-hub/i-built-this-2018/