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CIC looks to roll out speed mentoring concept

6 Jun 14 A pilot ‘speed mentoring’ scheme to give young construction professional a series of 15-minute one-on-one meetings with industry grey-beards to pick their brains has been declared “a brilliant idea and a great success” by all who took part.

The Construction Industry Council (CIC) 2050 Group, which organised the event, now wants to repeat the event regularly, across the industry, across the UK.

From 6pm to 9pm on Wednesday evening this week, at the offices of Gardiner & Theobald in central London, young industry professionals were given unfettered access to some of the built environment’s leading experts, who volunteered to be mentors for this pilot event.  Mentees were able to ask questions and talk about individual career paths, opportunities, experiences and the challenges facing the industry going forward.

One young participant said: “The event was brilliant. Very helpful and informative and it’s given me some good ideas of where I want to go in my career. It’s been brilliant for me.”

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CIC 2050 Group chair Louise Clarke said the evening had exceeded expectations. “It is vital for those new to the sector to be able to benefit from the experiences of those who are preceding them. I am delighted with this evening’s pilot event and the CIC 2050 Group will now start work on getting speed mentoring on to the agendas of companies and institutions throughout the UK“.

Mentors at the event were: Jack Pringle, managing director, Pringle Brandon Perkins+Wills; Tony Burton, senior partner, Gardiner & Theobald; Sarah Fray, engineering & technical services director, IStructE; Tim Chapman, director Arup; Greg Craig, managing director, Skanska; John Connaughton, professor of sustainable systems in the built environment, University of Reading; Richard Saxon; Ruth Reed, architect and director, Green Planning Studio; John Eynon, managing director, Open Water Consulting; David Miller, director & principal architect, David Miller Architects; Vaughan Burnand, managing director VEB Lean; Bob Sharpe, engineering manager, London Underground; Jason Speechly-Dick, director of architecture, Atkins; Anthony Peter, project director, Argent; Simon Rawlinson, head of strategic research, EC Harris; Jane Richards, director WSP; Chris Welch, partner Gardiner & Theobald; Andrew Link, chief operating officer, CIC.

Mentees came from across the sector and included employees of Arup, Buro Happold, Skanska, UK Green Building Council, GVA, WSP, John Lewis Partnership Property Services, Gardiner &Theobald, Turner & Townsend and Property Pathfinders.

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