Skills Shortage

Blog Author: Christine Townley – Executive Director, Construction Youth Trust It’s been well known in the industry for many years that we are facing a skills shortage caused by an ageing construction workforce and the return to economic growth. It’s vital that the industry plans for the future and secures the talent and skills needed, so that it has recruited effectively for the workforce of tomorrow. There is a lack of young people coming into the industry to sustain it at the moment – only…

JCT Student Competition 2017

JCT’s annual student competition will be running for 2017, opening in October 2016 and closing in March 2017. Once again, the overall winner’s prize will be £1,000, with two runner-up prizes of £250 also available. Following the success of last year’s competition, this year’s competition will continue the same focus on creativity and innovation. In recognising the different learning requirements of construction courses and disciplines, the competition will be open to receiving entries in a variety of media, including video, photography, photographic essay, drawings or designs, written essays, articles or any other creative format. However they present…

Work placements for the student’s benefit, not their employer’s

JCT Student Competition 2016 – Overall Winner’s Essay Tom Haworth, Westminster University An essay addressing skills shortages in the construction industry, focusing upon the lack of experience-based architectural training during the early years of UK architectural education.   The Challenge Of The Unknown As a current Part Three student, I am approaching the end of a long qualification process. This essay contains my reflections on the process so far, and the change I would like to see, based on my observations. The problem, is that architects are currently not…

JCT Student Competition 2016

Skills, education and BIM spark student’s creativity Whether using the written word, video, visual graphics or designs – creativity, innovation and providing practical solutions were all hallmarks of winning students’ work in the JCT Student Competition 2016. The 2016 competition ran from 9 September 2015 to 16 March 2016 with judging taking place on Thursday 26 May. Students from over 40 institutions around the UK entered the competition, continuing the high level of interest and value that the competition generates for construction students. This year’s competition asked for creative ideas and solutions to address…

Skills, education and BIM spark winning students’ creativity

Tom Haworth, of Westminster University, has won the JCT Student Competition 2016, with his entry, “Work Placements For The Student’s Benefit, Not Their Employer’s”. The other winning entrants were Peter Dorrell, of Greenwich University, with his video and essay titled “The United Kingdom’s Construction Skill Shortage” and Samuel Kapasa, of RIBA North West, with his visual essay, “TALK: BIM and the Future of Communication Protocol”. Talking about Tom Haworth’s winning entry, the judging panel commented: “An original idea, set out in a clear and individual…

Judging Panel set for JCT’s most creative student competition to date

The judging panel for the JCT Student Essay Competition 2016 has been announced. The competition offers both support and a creative opportunity for construction students, with a winning prize of £1,000 and runner-up prizes of £250 available. In a change to previous competitions, students are able to present their ideas in any way they wish, be it essay, video, set of designs or drawings, photographic/visual essay – whatever they feel best enables them to present a creative idea on the topics of skills shortages, sustainability,…

£1,000 for construction students in JCT’s Student Competition

JCT has launched its 2016 competition for construction students, with a winning prize of £1,000 and runner-up prizes of £250 to be won.

Judging panel announced for JCT’s “Creative Construction” student competition

The judging panel for the JCT Student Essay Competition 2015 has been announced. The competition offers both support and a creative opportunity for construction students, with a winning prize of £1,000 and runner-up prizes of £250 available.

JCT challenges students’ creativity with launch of JCT Student Essay Competition 2015

“Creative Construction” is the topic for the JCT Student Essay Competition 2015, which is now open to all construction students registered with UK institutions.

JCT Student Essay Competition Winners Announced

Angelica Salas, of the University of Wolverhampton, has been named the winner of the JCT Student Essay Competition 2014, with her essay, “What could be done to simplify construction? Applying Lean thinking and BIM in construction”.