Harnessing that satisfaction that only building can give you #iBuiltThis2019

Harnessing that satisfaction that only building can give you #iBuiltThis2019

The #iBuiltThis2019 competition is open for entries. The competition, run by FIS, now in its third year, is a visual campaign that draws on the pride construction workers take when they see finished projects that they have worked on – harnessing the “I Built This” feeling to promote construction as a career choice.

The competition platform goes live on 13 June and entries will close on 15 September with the winners announced at the awards ceremony at UK Construction Week on 8 October 2019.

FIS CEO, Iain McIlwee stated, “The construction industry employs around 3.1 million people, that equates to one in ten people working in the UK. #iBuiltThis is about celebrating this through social media. It is something that everyone in construction can get behind. We’ve focussed on making it simple. This launch is a call to action to individuals and companies to take #iBuiltThis and make it your own, use it to highlight excellent work one of your new starters or apprentices has done, as an initiative to help engage with your local school, college or even Scout group, make entering an activity for a young person on work experience or encourage your own children to enter – use it to help those around you to understand the joy that can be found in making and building, making a mark on the future landscape of the UK.”

To encourage young people to get involved, the competition has been divided into three age groups with some fabulous prizes to be won: 13 and under (family trip to Legoland with an overnight stay at Castle Hotel, 14-18 (an iPhone XR) and 19 plus (a getaway for two adults in one of Canopy & Stars exclusive properties in the UK). We would like entrants to share a photo of themselves (selfie) with the image of a completed project they have built, or helped to build and enter on the competition platform when it opens on 13 June.

FIS is encouraging schools and colleges to get fully engaged with and run their own mini #iBuiltThis competitions and enter the finalists and winners via a secure platform. A special prize for the most engaged school or college will be awarded to the institution that makes the most entries.

The competition is open to everyone who has a passion for building, construction, design, fit-out, interiors and more. Entrants are encouraged to be as creative as possible, whether it’s a model, a physical structure, building, drawing or even a digital design using software. They are free to use any material for their build.

This year’s competition sponsors include, UK Construction Week, Silver Trowel Ltd, Building Heroes, CSCS, Astins Ltd and Michel Mersh Brick Holdings Plc.

We also have an exclusive line-up on the judging panel consisting of industry leaders, advocates and educators who are backing this competition. The diversity the judging panel bring demonstrate how collaboration across the industry can help us to reach out to a wider audience and present construction as an attractive industry, full of opportunity and diversity of careers for young people and new entrants.

This year’s judging panel:

  • Alison Watson MBE – Founder and chief executive of Class of Your Own
  • Brendan Williams – CEO of Building Heroes
  • Fred Mills – Co-Founder and managing director of The B1M channel
  • Kathryn Lennon-Johnson – Founder and director of Built Environment Skills in Schools (BESS)
  • Mark Farmer – industry advocate and Founding director and CEO of Cast Consultancy
  • Naomi Hamilton – winner of IBT2018 – 14-18 age category contest – will be in attendance
  • Rebecca Lovelace – Founder of Building People
  • Steve Coley – FIS immediate past president and FIS Skills Board member

The competition will be judged on the best creative picture and best response to the question asked within each age category. The public vote will make up 50% of the overall scores. The remaining 50% of the scores will be ranked in order by the judging panel.

Alison Watson MBE, Founder and chief executive of Class of Your Own said “I am thrilled to be involved in #iBuiltThis 2019 competition, it’s a great way to engage with people of all ages, especially young people and inspire them to use their skills in building and showcasing the projects they are proud of. I would encourage everybody to enter, especially schools and colleges. I am looking forward to seeing all the brilliant entries for this competition”.

For more information about #iBuiltThis2019 competition, sponsorship or you would like to get involved and become Competition Ambassadors: email yasminkauser@thefis.org or visit our website page on: www.thefis.org/skills-hub/i-built-this-2019-competition/

Launch of FIS flagship #iBuiltThis2018 campaign

Launch of FIS flagship #iBuiltThis2018 campaign

FIS are pleased to announce the launch of our flagship #iBuiltThis2018 campaign by popular industry demand. This builds upon on the hugely successful campaign launched last year. A visual campaign, image led and run on the competition platform for a period of three weeks. Submissions entries open on 3 Sept and will be closing on 23 Sept with the winners announced at the awards ceremony at the UK Construction Week exhibition on 9 October 2018.

The campaign is designed to get young people, the construction industry and the public to participate and show how proud they are of their contribution to the UK built environment in a fun, exciting and light-hearted way. We would like to showcase construction as the exciting and diverse sector it is with its huge breadth of disciplines and career opportunities to help attract new entrants.

Helen Yeulet, FIS Skills Delivery Director said “this is a part of FIS’ ongoing vision to drive change and a better understanding of the industry and the opportunities within it. Construction is a fabulous and vibrant sector to work in and this competition aims to celebrate the skills, trades and projects that people are involved in building and showcasing their talent in a fun and engaging way”.

To encourage young people to get involved, the competition has been divided into three age groups with some fabulous prizes to be won: 13 and under (family trip to Legoland with an overnight stay at Castle Hotel, 14-18 (an iPhone X) and 19 (a getaway for two adults in one of Canopy & Stars exclusive properties in the UK). We would like entrants to share a picture of themselves with an image of a completed project they have built, or helped to build and enter on the competition platform when it opens on 3 Sept at;

www.thefis.org/skills-hub/i-built-this-2018/

Encouraging photos of new buildings of any type, whether they’re made from Lego, Meccano, sand or even chocolate. Images of iconic buildings and breath taking fit-out and interiors will be used to inspire people to see construction as a career of choice. The entries received will be diverse in both built environment images and the roles involved in their construction and images will be used to educate new entrants afterwards.

Support for this campaign has been phenomenal across the industry with UK Construction Week being our media partners. Other sponsors and partners include, Silver Trowel Ltd, Building Heroes, Home Builders Federation (HBF), CSCS, Just Practicing Ltd, Tapper Interiors Ltd, Build UK, British Woodworking Foundation (BWF), The Single Ply Roofing Association (SPRA), the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA), Construction Industry Council (CIC), Construction Youth Trust, Worksmart Contract Ltd, Saint Gobain, Thermal Insulation Contractors Association – Best Practice in Asbestos Control (TICA-ACAD), Circle Three Consulting, The Construction Coach, Nevill Long and CITB.

A great line-up of judges is being proposed for the competition that will reflect the industry.

Iain McIlwee CEO of FIS said: “the construction industry employs around 3.1 million people, that equates to one in 10 people working in the UK, despite this the perceptions of the industry need to be changed to reflect the diversity, breadth of skills, trades and careers available within the industry. #iBuiltThis2018 competition allows people of all ages to enter and show their building skills and the projects they have built. In doing so we hope to inspire new entrants into the sector and visually show what amazing work is being produced at all levels”.

For more information about #iBuiltThis2018 campaign or if you would like to get involved email: skills@thefis.org or visit our website page on: www.thefis.org/skills-hub/i-built-this-2018/

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