National property competition helps ‘future proof’ Property and Construction talent pool

Industry organisation, Women in Property, knows how important it is to encourage more women into the sector, citing a healthy pipeline of new talent, a flexible working environment and inspirational female role models as critical to this challenge.

Speaking at a special event to celebrate the Women in Property Midlands Student Awards hosted at Pinsent Masons LLP, Birmingham, branch Chairman Lucy Close from Pinsent Masons, said,

“This country urgently needs to ensure it has a really strong property and construction industry so ‘future-proofing’ our talent pool is critical.  Women in Property runs a number of different initiatives to encourage girls to explore the really rewarding and diverse range of careers available.  For example, the Student Awards, now in their 12th year, which inspire Built Environment students, and engage with universities and employers.  

“Through challenging themselves, these young women will explore their own abilities, meet others – women and men – who are already working in the industry, and gain valuable work placement experience, so they will really understand what opportunities are out there for them.  This is the first step towards a rewarding future.”

The winner of the Midlands Women in Property Student Awards 2018 is Alice Fox studying Architectural Engineering and Design Management at Loughborough University. Alice said,

“I feel very honoured to have been awarded this prize, particularly when competing against this group of talented and friendly women. I hope that they will remain part of my network as we progress.  

“It was brilliant to have the opportunity to meet both successful men and women within the industry. The support, encouragement and feedback from the judges has provided useful insights and helped me develop my skills.”

Paul Suthard, Head of Planning North and Midlands for national sponsor Bouygues UK, was on the 2018 judging panel.  He said,

“I wanted to say thank you for allowing me the privilege of being able to judge these outstanding young women. Whilst it was a long day I felt incredibly inspired by the passion and enthusiasm shown by all the candidates who presented, making it very difficult to choose an outright winner.  These awards have given me an opportunity to be reminded of everything that is great about our industry. Well done to all the candidates.”

Ashton Tame, HR Business Partner at Linden Homes commented,

“This is our third year sponsoring the Awards, as it’s something we are really passionate about at Linden Homes. We appreciate the wealth of talent and mix of skillsets that the students can bring to our business and the Awards provide entrants a great experience which can open doors for them in terms of job opportunities. Several students have secured roles and work placements with us over the last year, so it really can lead to tangible benefits for those entering.

“Yet again, we have been overwhelmed at the level of talent these Built Environment students bring to the table – they are a true force to be reckoned with. It’s been fantastic to meet this year’s finalists and we wish them all every success in the future, whatever path in the industry they choose to take.”

There are 14 regional finalists representing their Universities and regions from across the UK.  They will go forward to the national final on 18th September when they go before a further judging panel.  The national winner will be announced at the Best of Best Awards Dinner to be held at Claridge’s, on the night of the 18th.

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