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Inner Space 2050


On 26th November, Hilary Brown, CIOB Special Projects Manager (aka the Global President) visited the Dukeries College in Nottinghamshire to drop in on year 7 students working on the Inner Space 2050 project as part of the b-live Employability Programme; a pioneering scheme which brings young people and employers together through innovative projects designed to progressively develop students’ employability skills, career prospects and get them work-ready to drive the UK economy.

The Inner Space project, sponsored by the CIOB, is set in the year 2050 where Planet Earth is facing an unprecedented population challenge and building crisis. To overcome this crisis the Global President (played by Hilary Brown) has charged enterprising young people to present plans for new work buildings/work stations.

During the visit to Dukeries College Hilary had the opportunity to see the class lessons in action and spoke to groups of students who were brainstorming different types of buildings, taking into account eco-friendliness, sustainability and the welfare of workers.


Next week a panel of senior CIOB judges will evaluate the students’ efforts and select 5 finalist teams who will have their drawing modeled into a 3D design which will be judged at Ecobuild in March 2011. Professor Brian Cox will announce the winning team live at the show.

"In my experience the students here today have been totally captivated by the project and have demonstrated that they can work as a team and think outside the box. Throughout the CIOB there’s been great excitement about our involvement in the project. It’s something we’ve never done before. It’s vital to the life blood of CIOB that we engage with young people in construction as a career and I can say without a doubt that this project has raised the profile of CIOB among students." Hilary Brown, Special Projects Manager, CIOB.

Tanja Kuveljic, Managing Director of the b-live Foundation adds: "We are delighted to be visiting The Dukeries College with our sponsor partners The Chartered Institute of Building as part of a roadshow of employer / school visits to underpin our Employability Programme, designed to help raise the aspirations and confidence of young people whilst also developing relevant employability skills which will ultimately lead to the appropriate employment opportunity. We are now looking at a plan to provide the programme to a further 150,000 young people and 200 schools next year."


In partnership with schools and employers, The b-live Foundation supports a community of over 230,000 young people, aged 11 to 19, to help manage and maximise their personal and career development. Putting the social mobility of young people at the heart of its service, The b-live Foundation engages uniquely with students at an individual level to build confidence, raise aspirations and develop key work skills.


Created in partnership with leading employers, the b-live Employability Programme will be run in schools providing them with a much-needed work-related curriculum that progressively develops the employability skills of young people, equips them with nationally recognised qualifications and improves their employment prospects and realises their potential. This innovative programme will commence in 50 schools nationally in the Autumn term 2010

CIOB partners with B-Live