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CIOB and MyKindaFuture reveal young talent and potential

11 June 2018

Each year the CIOB runs a challenge designed to engage young people aged from 14-19 in professional careers in construction in partnership with MyKindaFuture.

MyKindaFuture is an initiative to help 14-19-year-olds explore career options. It allows students to build an interactive CV they share with employers and it gives them the opportunity to meet with employers, gain work experience and take part in challenges.

Other businesses taking part in the initiative include Nestlé, Channel 4, Deloitte, M&S and HSBC.

The CIOB is committed to working with schools and colleges, teachers and parents to promote the industry and the range of exciting careers in construction through outreach work and the development of professional apprenticeships.

This year’s CIOB challenge is to reinvent a piece of disused land to make a vibrant public space for the local community. 

Entrants were asked to consider accessibility, the environment and the needs of local community groups when producing their designs. With more than 60 applications the competition was tough.

The finalists were invited to Parliament in April to show their designs to MPs and CIOB staff and members. The winner received £100 plus a work shadowing opportunity with an industry professional of their choice.

Chi Onwurah, MP for Newcastle upon Tyne Central and shadow minister for Industrial Strategy sponsored the day.

Four finalists presented their submissions and the overall winner was Mahanoor Syed. Her winning proposal put sustainability at its heart including kinetic energy, solar solutions, green walls, fuel cells and energy-saving measures. It also made provision for all age groups and created a community resource.

To learn more about mykindafuture visit

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