As construction output is expected to grow the finishes and Interiors sector needs to recruit new entrants iso that it can keep working. The STEM Ambassador Programme is partnered with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) to facilitate the Go Construct Construction STEM Ambassador scheme. Through this collaboration, they aim to showcase the amazing career opportunities in construction and inspire young people to work in the industry.
CITB approached FIS to produce presentation films designed to encourage young people to consider a career as a Dryliner. The films are now in the editing stage and should be available soon. Iain McIlwee and Oscar Venus have committed to become Construction STEM Ambassadors for the sector, mainly so they can provide advice to FIS members through their own experiences and encourage more people to become FIS Construction STEM Ambassadors. Marie Flinter has devoted time to learn and understand the scheme so she can offer support to those going through the process.
Go Construct STEM Ambassadors act as the face of the industry for young people, inspiring them to consider a career in construction and the built environment through sharing their experiences and promoting opportunities. The commitment is to be involved in at least two activities per year. Ambassadors lead a wide range of activities, including:
- Running a trade stand at a careers fair, answering questions and handing out leaflets.
- Delivering a talk, sharing your experiences of getting into and working in the industry.
- Leading practical sessions or workshops, giving young people a taste of life in construction.
- Providing one-to-one mentorship to someone who is just starting out.
- Helping teachers to develop curriculum resources and activities.
- Network with like-minded professionals, developing your own career as an ambassador.
Not only is becoming a Go Construct STEM Ambassador a great way to develop your employability skills and become a part of a community, through activities you will be helping to inspire the next generation of construction workers and change perceptions about the industry and the finishes and interiors sector!
Still need convincing, why not check out Go Construct’s top 10 reasons to become a GO Construct STEM Ambassador. Or give Marie Flinter a call on 0121 707 0077 or 07799 903103 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are already a registered STEM Ambassador working in the finishes and interiors sector, please let Marie know, FIS will then be able to provide specific to your needs.