CFCI award grant to 'Form the Future' of the local construction industry - Form the Future CIC

CFCI award grant to ‘Form the Future’ of the local construction industry

We are delighted to be working with the Cambridge Forum for the Construction Industry (CFCI) to improve young peoples’ relationship with and perception of the construction industry. Together, we are creating a project “Addressing the Cambridge Construction Industry Skills Gap”, to provide support, experiences and opportunities for young people aged 12 to 18 in the Cambridge area.

Bob Ensch, CFCI Council Member, said:

“For the last few years, CFCI has been looking for an opportunity to invest in an initiative that helps its members to develop new talent to join the industry locally. We really believe that Form the Future provides this, and that they can make a real difference for us, and we encourage our members to participate.”

By encouraging and facilitating CFCI members to engage with local schools, we hope to overturn preconceptions that students may have about careers in construction and open their eyes to the vast range of job roles that the industry can offer, creating a highly skilled talent pipeline for local employers.

We are also keen to share their opportunities in work experience and apprenticeships, which may provide the stepping stone that a young person may need to get started in the world of work.

Anne Bailey, Co-Founder & Director at Form the Future said:

“We are really excited to work with CFCI members to show students the breadth of career opportunities in construction. There’s so much more than they think and it’s one of the fastest growing sectors in our region.”

We are inviting CFCI members to volunteer at our careers and skills events as well as take part in special EcoHub days in 8 schools. These unique events will enable the volunteers to act as mentors and judges whilst we challenge students to design eco classrooms – a sustainable learning space designed to improve the local community’s knowledge of conservation. The EcoHub events will be hosted alongside Class of Your Own (COYO), who run the Design Engineer Construct training programme.

Getting involved with “Addressing the Cambridge Construction Industry Skills Gap” will provide construction professionals with an opportunity to improve their skills and abilities, whilst inspiring their future employees and colleagues. To register your interest, sign up to our Volunteer Portal and select the events that you wish to participate in.

If your business would be interested in taking part in an EcoHub day, please contact Mariana Soberón at msoberon@formthefuture.org.uk or on 01223 781296.

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