What is Building People?
A technology platform that brings together supply and demand across the Built Environment (architecture, engineering and construction)
Improving diversity and inclusion
Driving a supply of competent workers
Maximising and evidencing social value
Building People has a simple plan: Create one place where the many disparate skills and employment initiatives across the Built Environment are brought together. Drive traffic to what already exists. Add value. Connect people to jobs, mentors, learning and to work opportunities via existing providers. No duplication nor reinvention. Measure and report on the social value these activities generate. Join the dots.
We are developing a technology platform to enable an ecosystem of employment and skills providers (supply) to more efficiently and effectively connect people to relevant industry learning, mentoring and work opportunities (demand).
Who is Building People?
A social enterprise collaborating with all across the Built Environment
Three Founding Partners:
With twenty years’ experience in industry, Rebecca brings expertise in maximising the social impact of construction projects through enabling collaboration between multiple stakeholders and individuals from diverse and disadvantaged local communities, with a particular focus on employment and skills. Rebecca is passionate about creating a diverse and inclusive industry and ‘joining the dots’ to add value. She is a co-founder of Be Onsite and BuildForce, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and has an MSc in Urban Regeneration.
Ashley has held senior roles as Director of Global Learning Services for Microsoft, CEO of InfoBasis Ld – a global talent management software company – and now as Principal of the leading provider of supported online education for the built environment, University College of Estate Management. Ashley is firmly committed to furthering the widening participation agenda within the built environment. This commitment underpinned the decision for UCEM to acquire Building People and support the platform, both financially and strategically.
Are you Building People?
Phase One of Building People is the search portal, designed to be a simple aggregation of providers and activity in one place, signposting individuals to organisations and initiatives that can help access work, learning and support opportunities. Join in by adding organisations and initiatives via a simple and very quick form.
Phase Two is where Building People gets really exciting. Our pilot commenced in April 2019 and is a partnership with the Chartered Surveyors Training Trust (CSTT). Together we have developed the proof of concept Building People platform, connecting CSTT candidates to work, learning and support opportunities in surveying and evidencing how the aggregation of resource in one place adds value to many stakeholders. The platform was successfully launched in October 2019 at UK Construction Week, made possible by the support of our founding partners: CSTT, The Chartered Surveyors' Company and University College of Estate Management.
Phase Three sees us building on the development of the Building People/CSTT platform as we expand to include other audiences, trades and professions, regions and activities, integrating competency-driven intelligence and social value measurements into the final iteration of the platform. We will be adopting a crowdfunding approach and continuing our conversations with industry leaders, demonstrating what we have achieved and evidencing how a joined-up and truly collaborative approach can enable more people to access opportunities across the Built Environment.
Building People: One single place that brings together opportunities for work, learning and support across the Built Environment. A platform, an ecosystem, a movement.
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