Promoting Careers in Construction Through Diversity

Golden Bricks hosted their first "Diversity in Construction" conference on the 18th of September. The day was based around promoting a career in construction for those who may not have considered if before whilst discussing the importance of a diverse workforce to create a successful industry. The day saw students and staff from South West Colleges experience the different career paths on offer and hear speakers discuss their journey into the Built Environment.

Golden Bricks would like to thank the guest speakers; Rich Barnes, Operating Director at Jem Scaffolding; Kate Moorcroft, Head of Treasury at Barratt and Shamir Sumaria, Trainee Solicitor at Barratt

As well as raising money for the Prince’s Trust, the day helped create awareness around the challenges we face in Construction and introduce students to new career opportunities. The day received plenty of positive feedback from the attendees and a few even expressed interest in getting some work-experience within the industry.

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Challenging the industry at Social Construct

On Thursday 26th of September Golden Bricks,  in support of The Princes Trust, hosted an evening of informal networking and cross-cultural dialogue on diversity and inclusion in the industry along with a small group of industry professionals

We understand that real value of having a diverse workforce is having different minds come together for a common purpose, and that means creating a workplace characterized by inclusion. That process begins with each of us. The event focused not only on the visible aspects such as race, gender, age, and physical ability, but also diversity of thinking.

During the evening we asked  attendees to share their thoughts on the meaning of diversity and saw intimate discussions take place around it's impact on construction. We would like to thank Accenture, for providing us a thought-provoking short video on the evening and a special thank you to Tina Patel of Formed Architects for speaking on the evening and sharing her experiences within her career. 

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Golden Bricks Million Makers 10th Anniversary Gala a Huge Success

   On the 14th of July, Golden Bricks invited both professionals from the construction industry and Prince's Trust Ambassadors to join together and celebrate 10 years of the Prince's trust Million Makers Scheme. The night took place at Welford Road Stadium in Leicester and guests enjoyed a 3 course meal whilst listening to a live jazz band. We also heard from guest speaker, Martin Bayfield and were entertained by a table magician. 

The night was a huge success overall and we would like to thank everyone who came along and supported the event. We raised over £9,700 on the night for the fantastic work of the Princes Trust and have now exceeded our £10,000 Million Makers fundraising goal. 

Golden Bricks Announces their first Diversity in Construction Conference

Golden Bricks believe a diverse workforce is critical to a successful industry. We will be hosting a day to promote diversity within the industry and get young people thinking about a career they may not have considered before. We are inviting Colleges from the South West to our diversity and inclusion conference, where they can experience the different career paths on offer and hear speakers discuss their journey into the Built Environment. As well as raising money for the Prince’s Trust, we also want to create some awareness around the challenges we face in Construction and how we can encourage more people into our workplace.  

The day will be held at Bailbrook House, Bath, on Monday 18th September between 09:00 and 17:00 and extracts from the inspiring speakers and attendees will be put into a small book based entirely around Diversity & Inclusion within Construction. 

If you are interested in participating please contact Jasmine Sommers at jasmine.sommers@barratthomes.co.uk

Golden Bricks Completes the Yorkshire 3 Peaks for the Prince's Trust

On Wednesday the 31st of May, Golden Bricks (plus a few other active volunteers) set out to complete the Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge in order to raise money for the Princes Trust Million Makers Project.

This challenge dares groups and individuals to complete the peaks of Ingleborough, Pen-Y-Ghent and Whernside in one day. It is a 24 mile hike with over 5,000 ft of ascent. The team started the day at 8am and spirits were high. The first peak to be tackled was Ingleborough, a steep climb up the second-highest mountain in the Yorkshire Dales, at 723 metres (2,372 ft). We reached the second peak around midday on a hot and sunny day with no chance of shade from the scorching sun, making the hike up Pen-Y-Ghent even more challenging. Many of the team finished the day with some unfortunate sunburn! Finally we faced an 8 mile walk to the last climb up Whernside, the highest of the Yorkshire Peaks. The whole hike took just over 12 hours and we faced a few blisters, injuries and sore muscles on the way, but with some encouragement and teamwork, the whole team finished the final peak together and raised over £6,000 for the Princes Trust.

Golden Bricks would like to thank everyone who has donated so far. Every penny will go towards the Princes Trust and their fantastic work giving young disadvantaged people opportunities to learn, train and progress into the career they want and deserve. It’s not too late to sponsor and any further donations on the website or just giving page will be hugely appreciated:

http://www.barrattgoldenbricks.com/take-action/

https://www.justgiving.com/companyteams/goldenbricks17

Alternatively, you can join us at the black tie gala in June, celebrating 10 years of The Prince's Trust Million Makers scheme:

http://www.barrattgoldenbricks.com/gala-dinner-2017/

Finally, we would like to thank our colleagues across the business who volunteered to join in on the challenge and their hard work to raise further donations for this wonderful cause and our fantastic guides from Lost Earth Adventures.

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