More must be done by the highways and transportation sector to promote itself as an exciting place to forge a career, guests at a launch event for the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation's (CIHT) new Careers Toolkit heard last week.
“We know that attracting people into transport infrastructure professions is challenging, despite the fantastic range of jobs that are available within the sector,” said CIHT Chief Executive Sue Percy, speaking at the event at the House of Lords.
“We are in competition for skills with other professions that sell themselves, quite frankly, better than we do, so we must do more to make this a career of choice,” she added.
This is the aim of the Institution’s new Careers Toolkit – an interactive set of materials designed to highlight and showcase the exciting options that make up a career in transport.
The toolkit is intended for use in primary and secondary schools as well as colleges and universities. CIHT is encouraging its members to become sector ambassadors through initiatives like STEMNET (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network), and to take the materials into schools to help promote the profession.
“It’s no good just having the material and leaving it on the shelf,” said CIHT Careers Material Group chair Deborah Sims. “We need members to take the toolkit, go into schools and actually use it to inspire young people.”
To find out more, visit the CIHT website.