Building Lincolnshire’s future workforce together What does a career in construction look like? Ask a young person this question and they may only think of the most obvious choices. However, we know that as one of the largest sectors in the UK economy, employing more than three million people, the range of opportunities in the industry is endless. From architects to surveyors, engineers to builders, there are many different routes into construction and no two journeys will be the same. As a business community, how do we promote this growing industry to our young people? Working together is crucial. We know that providing insights into the world of work from a young age can have a profound effect on a young person’s life. At The EBP we’re passionate about helping young people visualise what a career in any sector, including construction, might look like. To support this sector, we work in partnership with the Lincoln Group Training Association and the Construction Industry Training Board, to host Construction Week. This annual event, held at the Lincolnshire Showground, gives more than 1,000 young people in Lincolnshire the opportunity to explore the range of careers available within the construction industry. More than 20 businesses are invited to the event to bring the construction industry to life by offering a wide range of interactive sessions for young people to get stuck into. Now running for over ten years, we know that Construction Week can open doors for young people. Many students who have attended the event have been inspired by the experience and at last year’s event we were delighted to hear that Dan Clark, who is the Lindum Group’s Bids and Marketing Coordinator, had fond memories of attending as a year 8 pupil at William Farr School in Welton. We’re already planning for this year’s event and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever! At The EBP, we make it a priority to work in partnership with all types of organisations, small or large, local or national. Construction Week is just one of the many examples of bringing business and education together and Dan is just one of the thousands of young people to benefit from one of our collaborative programmes. The EBP’s programmes cover many subjects and sectors and it’s a challenge for young people to plan for the ever-changing world of work. Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) remains a huge focus and 2018 has been named the Year of Engineering, forming an important part of the government’s Industrial Strategy. It’s estimated that every year we are facing a shortfall of 20,000 engineering graduates. Coupled with an engineering workforce that is only 9% female, it’s never been more important to demystify STEM careers to young people. As a business community we must work together to ensure that we are equipping our young people with the skills they need to thrive. We’re always looking for progressive and passionate organisations and individuals to support young people through our programmes. To get involved, please visit our website at www.the-ebp.co.uk.