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BSRIA Inspire launch event to highlight STEM work to be held in April 2016February 2016

Julia Evans CEO

BSRIA, along with many sections of the industry, is aware of the shortage of young people starting construction careers. Much of this issue is about a lack of knowledge of the types of careers available in construction and a false perception that the entire construction industry is manual, outdoor and male-dominated.

To celebrate the launch of BSRIA’s INSPIRE project throughout 2016, BSRIA is running a series of events to inspire and engage the workforce of tomorrow with what the construction industry has to offer. Based around the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects, the kick-off event will be held at BSRIA’s offices on the afternoon of Wednesday 20th April 2016, from 13:45 – 15:45 hrs.

Under the watchful gaze of Scott Mackenzie, Head of STEM, at Ranelagh School, Bracknell, year 9 (13 and 14 year olds) students will design and make a weather louvre. The prototypes will be tested in BSRIA’s laboratories to prove they would be ‘fit for purpose’ and which performs best.

The students will also explore BSRIA’s innovative laboratory and test facilities as part of a ‘hands-on’ tour.

Julia Evans, Chief Executive, BSRIA, said: “The BSRIA INSPIRE project is working with local schools, national and local politicians and the media to promote STEM and change its perceptions. Industry recruitment and succession planning is crucial – the INSPIRE project will address this.

This event leads on from the announcement that Isambard Kingdom Brunel came out top in BSRIA’s chance to ‘vote for your favourite and most influential engineer’ competition. To coincide with last year’s 60th anniversary, BSRIA launched its INSPIRE commemorative publication which looks at 120 engineers of the past and present to show their achievements and the great impact they’ve had on the industry and the world. Brunel is a fine example of where taking STEM seriously can lead.”

Scott Mackenzie, Head of STEM, Ranelagh School, said: “We all have a duty to be more sustainable and I am delighted that Ranelagh can work with a local company like BSRIA to do what we can for the school and engage our students in making buildings better.”

This activity follows on from BSRIA working with students from Ranelagh’s Eco Schools team on fundamental energy efficiency issues – for example – shutting windows and leaving lights on in unattended rooms – and the wider consequence of what this means.

Notes to editors

Press are encouraged to attend this exciting launch on Wednesday 20th April, 13:45 – 15:45 hrs, at BSRIA, Old Bracknell Lane West, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 7AH.

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Demand for the industry workforce is forecast to rise by at least five per cent a year for the next few years and, in some cases by as much as 15 per cent. To meet demand and replace retirees, the industry needs to recruit, develop and upskill around 45,000 people. In the next five years.

The INSPIRE publication raised the question of why are STEM subjects important? What does engineering mean for you? Why does technology matter? There is one answer to those three questions which is quite simply ‘everything’. History has shown that those who pursue science arguably make the biggest impact to the world; incredible minds provide us with incredible ideas we once might have thought of as unbelievable but are now ingrained in our society.

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