The ‘clever’ city of the future will need a raft of highly skilled people who are capable of translating ideas into innovative and life enhancing projects. We want to alert young people to the myriad opportunities and shift their perceptions of the contemporary construction industry that can be woefully misunderstood. As one employer told us “People have the idea it’s all about hard hats, clipboards and thickie brickies but we need clever thinkers who are great team leaders.”
The interaction of physical and virtual systems opens up a whole new world of possibilities and we want to encourage young clever thinkers to understand how they might enjoy working in this space. We will help young students understand that opportunities are open to everyone regardless of gender or background. The exercise will help to bring the industry to life and help students see that they very much belong there.