Key construction companies proactively enhancing student engagement

Highlighting the wealth of opportunity available in the Construction working sector, the iConstruction event saw key players in the industry bringing together students, employers, STEM Ambassadors and teachers at The Roundhouse Derby.

Hosted as part of The Big Bang Near Me events, sponsors included: @CITB_UK @WatesGroup@WoodheadGroup @kiergroup.  Derby City Council Derbyshire County Council.

Meg Hankinson from CITB – Local Advisor, opened the event with a speech welcoming students and guests. Please see a tweet from the speech here.


The aim of the annual iConstruction event is to break down barriers, stereotypes and unfounded beliefs that surround careers in construction. From building, civil engineering projects and the maintenance and repair of existing structures, the industry has masses of career choices available and our economy relies on the vast amount of skills required to put the UK at the forefront of innovation in the UK. The construction industry is not, just for people who fit into a hard hat!

The Challenge:

The UK construction industry in the UK employs over 2 million people working for over 250,000 firms. This number does not just relate to those involved in the physical aspects of construction, but also professional people involved with design innovation. The UK is currently the ninth largest manufacturing nation in the world*(*

With the second largest output in the European Union, the UK Construction Industry contributes 8.2% of the nations Gross Value Added (GVA).


Students from across the region of 7 schools came together to participate in the iConstruction event. A carousal of activities enabled curious minds to think and question key construction principles. Providing a platform to explore construction career avenues with employer engagement, the iConstruction event provided a full day of interactive challenges.

Over 100 students participated in the event which included various hands on activities which included:

  • Lego Glass Tower

  • Lifeboat challenge

  • Programme of works

  • Build a bridge

  • Maths of a brick

  • Construction Industry Quiz


  • Most Self-Motivated – Whittington Green School

  • Most Persevering – West Park School

  • Best Communicators – Bolsover School

  • Most Professional – St Martins

  • Best Overall Team – Tibshelf School

  • Most Professional – St Martins School


Martin Broadhurst, Chairman of D2SEB quoted:

“Derby and Derbyshire Skills and Employment Board are delighted to have been involved in such a fantastic event. It’s so important for us to encourage our young people to consider career and employment in  4 sectors including Engineers, Construction, Health & Social Care, Visitor Economy and the iConstruction event is a great way to engage and develop their talents.
We’d like to thank Wates Construction for leading the day and also Kier, Woodhead Construction, CITB and By Design Group for their involvement.”

Huge thanks are paid to the sponsors and supporters of the event:

For more information about next years iConstruction Event, please email:

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