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Construction United kicks off UKCW

The construction industry’s football stars will be able to show off their skills at this year’s UK Construction Week, with a football tournament held by Construction United, an initiative which aims to change perceptions of the sector.

Construction United kicks off UKCW

The indoor pitch – which has been dubbed the ‘NEC Nou Camp’ – will give contractors, developers and construction companies the chance to battle it out against their competitors, to determine who really is top of the construction league table.

The event, held between 18-20th October, is the first of its kind for UK Construction Week, and is one of many that have been created following the show’s partnership with Construction United, a coalition of some of the construction industry’s key stakeholders.

While the matches are free to enter, and open to any construction company attending or exhibiting at the show, Construction United is asking those participating to fundraise for its charity partners, CRASH, The Prince’s Trust and Time to Change.

To take part, simply visit http://www.ukconstructionweek.com/news/show-news/682-uk-construction-week-construction-united-5-a-side-football-tournament

Construction United will be making sure that the industry is celebrated during the show with its Construction on Camera competition.

Open to all, the competition aims to encourage professionals within the industry to submit images of their most impressive completed construction projects, which will be shown on screens across the arena. From small-scale projects to some of Britain’s most iconic buildings, the images can be submitted via Construction United’s Twitter, with the lucky winner being announced on the final day of UK Construction Week.

As addressing the skills gap is one of the three main issues focused on by Construction United, the initiative will be holding an event dedicated to encouraging students to consider a career in the industry.

Open to schools and colleges attending UK Construction Week, the Business Advice Centre will be hosting a range of key industry experts that will each be holding 15 minute presentations on an array of issues facing the sector. The speaker will be on hand to answer any questions as well as providing advice for those wanting to enter the industry.

Amongst those participating is Construction United’s charity partner Time to Change, a campaign aimed at ending the stigma associated with mental health, who will be taking part in the panel looking at Health, Safety & Wellbeing in Construction.

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Fiona Russell-Horne
Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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