Transforming Construction Futures

As part of the wider mission of the Transforming Construction Challenge, the Hub is committed to helping inspire, nurture and create the next generation of leaders across the built environment.

Our sector is evolving. We have opportunities for the tactical thinkers, the visionaries, the innovators, the progressors and the highly-skilled.

A future in construction is a transformative one.

There’s a world of opportunity waiting

With the UK government setting its recent climate target for 2035, there is an even greater imperative for our sector to attract the brightest and best emerging STEM talent, in turn securing the future of a decarbonised industry. In an industry that represents endless opportunities for a generation of digital natives, it’s crucial that we help young people to recognise that a career in the built environment presents real scope for progress and innovation.

To support this considerable transformation, the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has published the first sector-wide skills plan for construction. CITB have launched the Go Construct website which provides resources for anyone looking for a career in the construction and built environment sector. In addition, COYO has developed “Design Engineer Construct!”, an accredited learning programme aimed at secondary and further education children that focuses on digital building and infrastructure design, engineering and construction.

Opportunities offered by the construction sector

  • Using skills and talent to create a real difference to current and future generations.

  • Being part of the solution to the sector’s impact on the global climate.

  • A sector rich with opportunities to explore across a wide variety of areas.

  • In construction you realise your dreams, designing and building the future you want to live in.

  • The global construction market is becoming increasingly inter-connected creating new and exciting opportunities

  • Construction isn’t all hard hats and cement mixers. There are thousands of career options to choose from, including data architects, academic researchers, digital engineers, among many others.

Where It All Begins

The Hub and Class of Your Own’s ‘Design, Engineer, Construct!’ learning programme, supported by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), launched a campaign designed to inspire future generations into the built environment and to encourage existing organisations to support in their development.

The new film Where it All Begins, is part of a call on the construction industry to support them in attracting the brightest and best upcoming talent. Through capturing the imaginations of younger generations, we can convince them that a career within the built environment is as valid and opportunity-rich as a career in any other sector.


It’s crucial that we stop working in silos and listen to the needs of young people and their teachers. I hope Where it all begins inspires more people to think strategically and work collaboratively to secure the exceptional talent that exists in our schools.”

Alison Watson , CEO, COYO

We know young people need role models from similar backgrounds to them in order to see a potential career path, and Where it all begins does just that. I’d love young people to watch this and be inspired to join us, and head to Go Construct if they want to find out more.”

Lucie Wright , Careers Strategy Manager, CITB

When I was picking my GCSE options I was thinking about the opportunities that would come afterwards, such as apprenticeships. With a career in construction I was able to get my degree whilst I was working and learning on the job. It offered loads of benefits.

Lauren Cunningham , Design Engineer Construct! graduate

How to get involved

Industry Peers

Do you believe the future of our sector depends upon attracting and nurturing the best talent in to our sector? Would you like to inspire future generations to continue our legacy of building better? Then contact our partners Class of Your Own to find out more about their Adopt A School Programme or become a BEST Trainer.


Career Seekers

Are you looking for a bright future in a sector where you can design and build your dreams? Contact our partners at Go Construct and Class of Your Own to find out more about roles within the construction sector or how to introduce ‘Design, Engineer, Construct!’ programmes in your school or college.



Embracing digital ways of working  will transform how the built environment sector works, giving it the tools to tackle the challenges of tomorrow, including the climate crisis.

Read the new Digital Capabilities: a framework for early career professionals across built environment disciplines which sets out what all early career built environment professionals should know about digitally enabled ways of working, allowing them to increase the pace of transformational change in the sector.

Projects: Construction Futures