Construction professionals flood in to become role models to inspire others into sector

    Nominations for
    the annual UK Construction Week (UKCW) Role Models initiative have quadrupled
    since last year, according to event organisers Media 10.

    Dozens of construction
    professionals were among the entrants this Spring, attracted to a scheme which
    provides a schools contact programme and public platform to professionals of
    any age and background to share inspiring stories of how they came into their
    career and why they love what they do.

    UKCW has chosen
    98 Role Models out of hundreds of entries, from all professions and at all
    levels, and has now published its shortlist
    for 2019.

    These Role
    Models include people at chief executive, director and associate director
    level, but also many more junior representatives who have made a huge impact at
    the very start of their careers. They include architects, engineers,
    construction project managers, site managers, quantity surveyors, a wide range
    of sustainability, health and safety and geotechnical experts, tradespeople and
    professionals focused on digital construction, administration, finance, HR,
    learning and communications.

    All Role Models
    will be given the opportunity to speak at UKCW on the main stage of the UK’s
    largest construction event, and will take part in the UKCW’s student initiative
    at the NEC between 8-10 October to advise and encourage those considering a
    career in construction.

    The overall
    2019 Role Model of the Year will then be announced on Wednesday 9 October by
    BBC’s Steph McGovern.

    Last year’s
    winner, Arleta Andreasik-Paton, a senior project manager at AECOM, said: “I was
    not from a construction background, but I moved into the industry with
    transferrable skills. I want to encourage others to do the same. It’s a
    privilege to be able to become a role model for other talented young people who
    can find wonderful careers in construction.”

    Garnett, UKCW event director, said:

    response to this year’s UKCW Role Model initiative has been overwhelming and
    covers every aspect of construction, from architecture to bricklaying to
    digital design and management. The Role Models really show the diverse range of
    jobs available in construction and they are all passionate about their jobs and
    promoting construction as a great career opportunity.

    “Each of our
    Role Models has an inspiring career story which will spur others into similar
    roles. Mentoring is a big part of what a Role Model does, and last year’s Role
    Models have been out visiting schools and meeting young people to give
    encouragement, while also promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in

    “If you want
    to see the future of the industry, you will want to meet these people and hear
    what they have to say at UK Construction Week.”

    Registration for the event is now open. By registering once visitors will have access to multiple
    sections: Build,
    Building Tech, Timber, Civils, Energy & HVAC, Surface & Materials
    the newly launched Concrete
     (8-9 October only) and Grand Designs Live (9-10
    October only), which will also be taking place at the NEC, Birmingham.