The construction industry is growing, and we are too.
With 2,000 new people coming into our business by the end of 2020, we have a fantastic opportunity to attract employees from a broad range of backgrounds. It’s just one of the ways in which we can innovate, through creating new ways of thinking.
Our aim is to inspire individuals to pursue a career in construction, challenging traditional assumptions about routes into the industry.
- Promoting careers in construction, including to young people, those from under-privileged backgrounds, ex-offenders and military personnel
- Developing long-term partnerships with industry and professional bodies, schools and universities, providing mentoring, training and work experience opportunities
- Actively supporting and encouraging applications from people from diverse backgrounds, while supporting our line managers to consider more diverse solutions – such as flexible working patterns – for job roles
- Aiming to attract experienced candidates who mirror our values.
Our STEM Ambassadors
We have a team of more than 150 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) ambassadors.
Working with STEMNET and Inspiring the Future, our ambassadors are forging links with schools and colleges, creating excitement about the huge range of career choices on offer in the construction industry.
Community Investment Manager, James McKenzie Boyle, set up the scheme at Skanska UK. He said:
“You don’t need to be a scientist or mathematician to be a STEM ambassador, just someone with a passion for helping young people to see the opportunities available in construction.
“The people who have signed up get a huge amount from the work they do, including our graduate ambassadors who experience new things such as public speaking, working to deadlines and having to do things ‘on the fly’.
“It’s great for personal development but also helps us to build lasting relationships with people in the communities in which we work.”