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Construction Ambassadors

“Construction is all about enthusiasm and teamwork. I work with people from all walks of the construction industry and beyond to develop a project from concept through costing and design to construction and completion. It’s very satisfying to stand beside a structure and know I had a hand in building it.”

CITB NI has developed a Construction Ambassador programme to help promote career opportunities within the industry and interact with young people within schools. Construction Ambassadors are a regional network of people who already work in the industry covering all trades and professions, who give young people a real life perspective of the industry by visiting schools and attending careers conventions giving first-hand information on what it is like to work in construction.

Who are Construction Ambassadors?

Construction Ambassadors are the faces of the industry, sharing positive experiences with young people who are considering construction as a career. Through Construction, students can learn about health & safety, equal opportunities and the world of work and a Construction Ambassador enhances the link between education and employment. Ambassadors are able to inspire, enthuse and inform students and teachers about the built environment and the opportunities a career in construction may bring.

A Construction Ambassador can come from any construction background, although they should have at least two years’ experience of training or employment and be based in Northern Ireland.
The only thing that is important is that they can motivate young people and help them see the opportunities that a career in construction can offer.

What does a Construction Ambassador do?

Employees who become Construction Ambassadors are required to attend a minimum of one and a maximum of 4 careers events per year.

These will be arranged by CITB  NI and vary from careers conventions and seminars to site visits, activity days and mentoring opportunities.

Construction Ambassadors may have to give presentations to individuals and groups and answer questions they might have about working in the industry.
 
Raise awareness of the pathways into a career in construction.

Your employer may also ask you to get involved at events to promote the construction industry as part of your corporate social responsibility.

What are the benefits for employers?

The Construction Ambassadors programme raises awareness of the industry and the career opportunities that are available to young people.

It aims to embed itself within an employer’s strategy for corporate social responsibility, based around engagement with education, and is a vehicle for encouraging participation in construction apprenticeship programmes.

What sort of people are we looking for?

Potential Construction Ambassadors should be eager and enthusiastic to represent their employer and the industry to young people.

Will I need to bring anything with me?

You might want to bring a laptop and a virus-free memory stick if you have one, but these are not necessary requirements.

It might help to bring along any pictures or information about past/present construction projects that you have worked on.
CITB NI will provide you with supporting careers information, publications and collateral for events.

All  we ask is as a Construction Ambassador, you attend a minimum of one careers event per year.

If you would like to be a Construction Ambassador please contact amanda.stevenson@citbni.org.uk for more information.

Do I get paid?

As of 1st March 2020, CITBNI will provide a contribution to your time, travel and related expenses as follows:
£100 per half day event (less than or equal to 4 hours)
£200 per full day event (more than 4 hours)
Irrespective of the number of events attended, the maximum fees paid in a year will be £800.

Request a Construction Ambassador

If you would like an Ambassador to attend an event, then please contact amanda.stevenson@citbni.org.uk .  Your request will be promoted to our team of Construction Ambassadors.  Please note the more notice you provide the more likely an Ambassador will be able to attend.