Blog: Who will be the voice of our next generation?

02 February 2016

I truly believe that we should be doing much, much more to revitalise our industry. Every business needs a youngster to give it a wake-up call and their efforts really do pay dividends, especially if you have the patience to nurture.

We have such a huge job ahead of us: from reaching into schools to attract the very best students to supporting apprentices through their training frameworks and there is so much more to say on these topics but we'll save that for another time.

But we must not forget how important it is to recognise young talent in the industry now. We should to celebrate and promote the achievements of young people and the organisations supporting and shaping future leaders.

We should engage with the young people who will be the voice of the next generation. Those already demonstrating their potential to:

Influence change
 Champion key built environment issues
 Develop their knowledge of and work with other professionals within the industry
 Network and development relationships and collaborations going forward

Senior management teams are the best people to identify those who have made exceptional progress and demonstrated a positive impact on their colleagues, their companies and the projects they’ve worked on.

I encourage you to take a look around your teams and consider recognising the most successful young people and their potential to become leaders of the future.

Enter your nominations for Young Achievers of the Year 2016. Open to people with less than ten years in the construction and built environment sector - closing date 7th of March.  Download an entry form at

Tina McGeachan


Tina McGeachan
Head of Market Development
Constructing Excellence London and South East Awards

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