RPS' Climate Careers Zone initiative shortlisted for British Construction Industry award

08 Jul 2022

We're delighted to announce our Climate Careers Zone initiative has been shortlisted for ‘Community Impact Initiative of the Year’ by the British Construction Industry Awards (BCIA).

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our time, and with its impacts accelerating on a global scale, younger generations are facing an uncertain future. Our Climate Careers Zone, in the form of a virtual mini-city alongside a careers hub, was created to inspire the next generation to pursue a career path that can make a difference, empowering young people with the knowledge and insight to become part of the climate solution.

Launched to coincide with COP26 back in October 2021, the Climate Careers Zone explores how the built environment needs to adapt and respond to climate change, and the crucial role the construction industry will play in creating a sustainable future. The virtual mini-city guides students through an interactive range of solutions and showcases some of the skillsets and professions needed to help achieve the COP26 goals. Through the careers hub, RPS consultants, including engineers, architects, and environmental specialists, shared their knowledge, advice, and personal experiences in the industry, through detailed interviews.

Partnering with STEM Learning, RPS’ team of STEM Ambassadors took the Climate Careers Zone directly into secondary schools across the UK and Ireland to host interactive workshops with students aged between 12-16.

Being shortlisted in BCIA’s Community Impact Initiative of the Year category comes as the zone approaches an exciting milestone, with nearly 6,500 visitors enjoying the virtual learning experience. And following a large number of school enquiries, over 60 sessions have been delivered by the STEM ambassadors, with close to 2,000 students reached.

Matt Farnsworth, Global Director of ESG and Sustainability for RPS, said: “It’s fantastic for the Climate Careers Zone to be recognised by BCIA for the impact it’s had on young people, who were at the heart of our initiative.

“Through this virtual concept and our associated schools outreach programme, we have raised awareness of the variety of career paths available within the construction industry. We hope to inspire young people to take something from the experience into their adult career choices.”

Deemed the most prestigious awards in the built environment sector, the BCI Awards seek to recognise and highlight excellence in project delivery, and champion work that has positive outcomes for society. The Community Impact Initiative of the Year category specifically recognises project teams that can demonstrate an understanding and recognition of the importance of working with local communities.

The judging panel will take place in early September, with winners announced at the award ceremony in London on Wednesday 12th October.  

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