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Practitioner research

How do guidance professionals ensure the careers information, advice and guidance they deliver is up to date, current and in line with industry needs? Case Study – Construction and Built Environment Sector (2010) by Maria O’Sullivan. This report was completed as part of Maria's Masters in Advice and Guidance undertaken at the University of Sunderland.

ConstructionSkills publications


    Useful websites

    ConstructionSkills - The ConstuctionSkills website has information on all aspects of the construction industry including careers, health and safety, the National Construction College, equal opportunities, research, training and qualification routes.

    bconstructive - Website containing information and help for those getting into the construction industry including careers information, experiences of being on-site and qualification routes.

    Careers in Construction - A useful website including job profiles, information on training and careers in construction together with vacancies.

    Centre for Education in the Built Environment (CEBE) - The CEBE website is aimed at the UK Higher Education Built Environment community focusing on improving educational quality to encourage the development of education and training in the sector.


    Equal opportunity initiatives

    Construction Youth Trust (CYT) - CYT is a UK wide charitable trust which aims to enhance the lives of young people across Great Britain. The trust encourages and assists those under the age of 30 to acquire construction industry skills by helping individuals and communities overcome barriers arising from lack of opportunity or personal circumstance. Work is concentrated in relatively disadvantaged areas and with young people for whom financial support will make a real difference to their future. The website has information on grants, partnerships.

    Let’s TWIST - This project aims to encourage more women to train and work in science, engineering, construction and technology. It is also aimed at developing and promoting good practice for women in these non-traditional areas.

    NAWIC – National Association of Women in Construction - The NAWIC aims not only to redress this balance, but also to raise the profile of those professional women already working in the construction industry, encouraging best practice and providing mutual support. The website has a list of regional contacts and sector news on training events etc.

    UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology - The website is a good resource with information on science, engineering and technology careers. It is aimed at women in the sectors or those interested in the sector, but has materials specific to career professionals and employers. It includes information on: research; policy and other initiatives; mentoring; women returners; and statistics.

    Women into Science and Engineering (WISE) - WISE aims to attract more girls and women into SET and construction by supporting organisations and individuals. It helps with women's career advancement, women returners and retention issues. This initiative has been successful in increasing the percentage of women engineering graduates over the last 20 years.

    Women and Manual Trades -An organisation promoting women in the trades through education, example and advocacy.