CFCI award grant to social enterprise to Form the Future of the local construction industry

Tuesday 26 February 2019

Form the Future are delighted to be working with the Cambridge Forum for the Construction Industry (CFCI) to improve young peoples’ relationship with and perception of the construction industry.

Together, we are creating a project ‘Addressing the Cambridge Construction Industry Skills Gap’, to provide support, experiences and opportunities for young people aged 12-18 in the Cambridge area.

By encouraging and facilitating CFCI members to engage with local schools, we hope to overturn preconceptions that students may have about careers in construction and open their eyes to the vast range of job roles that the industry can offer, creating a highly skilled talent pipeline for local employers.

We are also keen to share their opportunities in work experience and apprenticeships, which may provide the stepping stone that a young person may need to get started in the world of work.

We are inviting CFCI members to volunteer at our careers and skills events as well as take part in special EcoHub days in eight schools. These unique events will enable the volunteers to act as mentors and judges whilst we challenge students to design eco classrooms – a sustainable learning space designed to improve the local community’s knowledge of conservation. The EcoHub events will be hosted alongside Class of Your Own, who run the Design Engineer Construct training programme.

Getting involved with ‘Addressing the Cambridge Construction Industry Skills Gap’ will provide construction professionals with an opportunity to improve their skills and abilities, whilst inspiring their future employees and colleagues. To register your interest, sign up to our Volunteer Portal at and select the events that you wish to participate in.

Bob Ensch, CFCI Council Member, said: “For the last few years, CFCI has been looking for an opportunity to invest in an initiative that helps its members to develop new talent to join the industry locally. We really believe that Form the Future provides this, and that they can make a real difference for us, and we encourage our members to participate.”

Anne Bailey, Co-Founder & Director at Form the Future, said: “We are really excited to work with CFCI members to show students the breadth of career opportunities in construction. There’s so much more than they think and it’s one of the fastest growing sectors in our region.”

Forthcoming Events

July 16 2019 6:00PM / 6.00-10.00pm
Cambridge Quiz
July 17 2019 5:00PM / 5.00-7.00pm
Summer Social & BBQ - Peterborough
July 24 2019 6:00PM / 6.00-9.00pm
Fenland Quiz and Hog Roast
August 9 2019 2:00PM / 2.00 - 4.00pm
Summer Garden Party
September 2 2019 / 5.00-7.00pm
Informal Networking Evening – Huntingdon
September 4 2019 / 5.00-7.00pm
Informal Networking Evening – Stamford