Month: February 2015

Building Pathways event in association with G4C Yorkshire

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18th March 2015

12pm to 4pm

The Carriageworks, The Electric Press, Millennium Square, Leeds LS2 3AD


On behalf of Youthbuild UK, I would like to invite you and/or your colleagues to our Building Pathways event, which examines how to unleash the potential of disengaged, disaffected young people to fill the construction industry skills gap.


The issues we are facing are: –

  • There is, currently, a 200,000 shortfall in the construction workforce
  • There are, as reported by HMG on 21st August 2014, 955,000 young people not in education, employment or training (NEETS) in England


The potential solution is to: –

  • Give / create opportunities for disaffected / disadvantaged young people to train for and / or become employed in the construction industry


Does it work?

  • Hear from young people who have transformed their lives by entering the construction industry
  • Hear from public, private and third sector organisations that work with and / or create opportunities for disaffected / disadvantaged young people


Could you help to create the “workforce of the future”?


Programme for the Day

12:15 Arrival & Buffet Luncheon
13:00 Welcome and Chair’s opening remarks
13:15 How we do it – practitioner’s stories
14:30 Break
14:45 Young People’s stories
15:15 Keynote speech
15:40 Chair’s closing remarks
15:45 Departures


If you would like to attend, please download & fill in the booking form and send to Howard Platts,


We would be delighted if you could join us, alternatively, if you cannot attend, and would like to nominate another person from your organisation, please submit their details on the reply form.



Yorkshire & Humber Infrastructure Alliance launches its Manifesto

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The Yorkshire & Humber Infrastructure Alliance (YHIA) launches its Manifesto “Preparing for Growth” on Friday 27 February at Leeds Town Hall.

The Yorkshire & Humber Infrastructure Alliance (YHIA) is a coalition of seven Professional and Membership Associations created to promote investment & infrastructure in the region:

• The Association for Consultancy  & Engineering (ACE), Northern Region
• The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT)
• The Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA)
• Constructing Excellence (CE)
• The Construction Industry Council (CIC)
• Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)
• The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)

We would like to invite you to the launch of our Manifesto and Panel Debate on the importance of a coordinated regional approach to Infrastructure investment against the backdrop of devolved economic powers, and the impact on growth and job creation within the area.

The event will be hosted by Harry Gration, and participating in the debate will be a panel of leading decision makers from across the Region. They will cover key issues such as connectivity, resilience and skills.

To book your place at this prestigious event, please email


Women in the Workplace

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Guest post by Heather Jackson, Chair and Founder of An Inspirational Journey

When asked to write about women in the workplace, my first thought was, I wonder how long it might be before the question is not about women in the work place but talent in the workplace.

Companies that are gender balanced throughout are more likely to treble company performance, quadruple innovative thinking and half-staff turnover intention. This is a fact proved time and time again by numerous business reports.

Women in the workplace in corporate UK stands at around 52% of the working population , with some 60% of graduates entering the corporate pipeline and just 6% reaching the executive.

A considerable amount of publicity and attention has been given to the lack of women at the top of corporate Britain.

The fact is in today’s market, the problem is not at the top, it’s in the middle. We still find too many women exiting companies, or allowing their career progression to stagnate once they reach middle management.

We need to start to implement sustainable solutions that help support women to continue and progress their careers. We need to help men to understand the reasoning behind why women allow their career progression to stagnate. We need to support female talent to succeed. Until this is successfully achieved the question around how long before we are asked to talk about “Talent” rather than Women” in the workplace is still a few years away.


An Inspirational Journey, is an organisation which supports organisations to drive forward performance through better balanced business and  sustainable talent management solutions. The company’s key focus is “Better Balance, Better Business” and works to positively influence and address the imbalance of talent that currently exists at the top of corporate UK and Europe with particular focus on middle management thought to the executive.

Delivered as a series of programmes, events and online activities including The Balanced Business Forum (formerly known as The Womens Business Forum and now recognised as the world’s first gender balanced leadership conference), The Pearls Programme, Ach-Eve Programme, The Two Percent Club  and  a social platform  AIJ.TV “Real Leaders, Real Conversations”.

Working in partnership with RBS, over the last few years the organisation has supported more than 1400 organisations on  this business imperative, and has some 1500 women currently on its programmes reaching out to a further 5000 aspiring leaders with its mentoring and support activities.

Heather is an active advocate in the media and acts as an advisory consultant to the government on issues surrounding women in business. She is a regular contributor to regional and national media including CNN, BBC, Sky News, and The Times.

Future built environment leaders celebrated in inugural #G4Cawards

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On Friday 13th February, the Mercure Hotel in Sheffield was the venue for the first ever G4C Yorkshire & Humber awards, a dazzling ceremony bringing together over 170 construction professionals from across the sector to recognise, reward & celebrate the built environment leaders of tomorrow & the companies who support them.


G4C (Generation for Change) was established in 1998 as the junior brunch of Constructing Excellence with the aims of harnessing the power of the up and coming construction professionals to drive industry change for the better. Sponsored by Capita, the #G4CAwards, the first of their kind in any of the Constructing Excellence sub-regions, awarded winners across six different categories, each representing the principle areas of work by G4C, culminating in the G4C Award which was won by Mark Lee from EC Harris. Mark said “I am honoured to have been awarded the G4C Award. Having not followed a traditional route into the industry I hope my achievement will inspire others who had not previously considered a career in the construction industry to enter the sector

Ian Buckley, Divisional Operations Director Capita commented: “We are proud to be a sponsor of Constructing Excellence’s Generation for Change – G4C Awards. We take great pride in having some of the best training schemes around for young graduates and will continue to support Constructing Excellence’s superb work.”

Other winners on the night included CGL who triumphed in the Commitment to Employee Development Award for their extensive employee training framework & ambitious goal of being one of the top 100 small businesses to work for in 2016. A full list of the winners can be found below.

The awards were the vision of G4C Yorkshire & Humber Co-ordinator, Caroline Key and supported in their delivery by Constructing Excellence Yorkshire & Humber (CEYH) based at Leeds Beckett University. The winners in each category will now go on to compete in the Young Achiever of the Year category at CEYH Awards 2015 to be held at National Railway Museum in York on 17th July (more details here)

2015 Winners


Trainee of the Year (sponsored by Efficiency North)

Danielle Kirk, Henry Boot


Apprentice of the Year (sponsored by Futureworks Yorkshire)

Kwami Thompson, Constructing Housing Yorkshire & CITB



Student of the Year (sponsored by Willmott Dixon)

Nyall Lee, M3 Ltd



New Professional of the Year (sponsored by Henry Boot Construction)

Mohammad Jariwala, WSP



Commitment to Employee Development (sponsored by Yorkshire & Humber Best Practice Club)

CGL (Card Geotechnics Ltd)



G4C Award (Sponsored by SSE)

Mark Lee, EC Harris

CDM regulations 2015 – Are you up to speed?

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On 25th February we will be hosting an CDM regulations update event at Old Broadcasting House in Leeds from 5:30pm onwards.

Our first speaker will be Clive Johnson, Group Head of Health and Safety at Land Securities who has beem involved with the working group for the new regulations and will present on the key changes and what they may mean to you.

Our second speaker will be Jim Barron, Associate Director at Faithful & Gould, who will give the consultants perspective on the changes. Jim will explain how they are preparing for the proposed changes and the impact of key role changes, in particular that of the CDMC, which will cease to exist.

Full details and booking at the link below


Responding to the #FM challenge in 2015

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On 28th January 2015,  we welcomed over 40 built environment professionals to our first Constructing Excellence breakfast event of the year which explored FM, asset management & the challenges of managing buildings in today’s ever changing workplace environments.

For this event we welcomed two speakers, Hedia Delly who gave a frank account of the challenges of managing FM at a rapidly expanding local company, Callcredit, and John O’Brien, Chair of CE Asset Management task group who presented on the group’s recent work on how to achieve operational excellence.

A summary of the presentations & discussion is detailed in our event storify below

#Savethedate Our next Constructing Excellence seminar will be a twilight event on 25th February 2015 focusing on the new CDM regulations.