It would seem there is little understanding of professions within the built environment and few young people aspire to a career in this important sector of the British and global economy. It is with this serious skills shortage in mind that we launched a brand new educational element to the show – GEO Careers.
Working alongside Alison Watson from Class of Your Own (COYO), we hve together developed a full day of enticing activities and presentations for students aged 14-19, with the aim of demonstrating just how exciting the geospatial industry is and why they should choose a ‘geo’ career path. To see what it’s all about, click here.
Taking place on 24th May, the programme consisted of several talks from industry professionals highlighting their own careers, experience and expertise. This was followed by a group activity to scan the exhibition hall (the roof of which is a feat of engineering ingenuity in itself) and digitally model it, encouraging collaboration, ownership and the real life application of functional skills outside of the classroom. A panel of esteemed judges then reviewed each of the models, presenting the winners with an action packed day out behind the scenes at one of the UK’s current infrastructure projects.
Alison wrote the accredited ‘Design Engineer Construct!’ (DEC!) curriculum which integrates the technical areas of sustainability, architecture, engineering and construction into a fun “learn anytime, anywhere” approach. The course has subsequently been adopted by a number of schools both in the UK and abroad to inspire the next generation of built environment professionals. At GEO Business 2017, students studying the ‘DEC!’ course at Clacton Coastal Academy, Essex were selected to visit GEO Business, on a fully funded trip that assisted with their coursework and helped broaden their minds as to the potential paths their careers could take.
GEO Careers was also open to ‘Design Engineer Construct!’ (DEC!) teachers from across the UK, who had the opportunity to come to the show, benefit from complimentary access to the main conference and enjoy their own focussed training programme from professionals within industry, aiming to fully arm them with the latest technology and techniques to take back to their students and further educate them. Click here to download the programme.
Try one of the following websites to help find your perfect job:
GEO Further Education:
There are a number of Universities out there offering courses on a variety of topics, these include:
- Camborne School of Mines
- Cranfield University
- EMRACE link
- Newcastle University
- The Survey School
- University of East London
- University College London
- The Survey School
All of these universities are exhibiting at GEO Business from 23-24 May and will be on hand to answer all your questions. To find their stand numbers, please visit the exhibitor list >
Are you an employer who wants to work with the next generation, potentially offering a work placement scheme, an apprenticeship scheme or even adopt one of the many schools across the UK that offer the DEC! course?
Are you a school or college, interested in incorporating the DEC! programme into your school?
Are you a teacher, interested in attending the GEO Careers – ‘DEC!’ Teachers Programme’?
Are you a student who wants to learn more about this exciting industry and attend GEO Business?
Get in touch today.
GEO Business Event Director
+44 (0) 1453 836363