Leaders from construction, academia and recruitment have joined forces to launch ‘I Built It’ – a collaborative initiative set up to help address the significant skills shortage facing the West Midlands’ construction industry and to promote the diverse range of career opportunities available throughout the region.

Founded by The Building Alliance, Birmingham City University, multi-disciplinary consultancy, Acivico Group and recruiters Reed, I Built It will comprise a networking, recruitment and training portal which aims to facilitate the recruitment and training of talented individuals to the industry.

Free to access, I Built It will include information about jobs, apprenticeships and work placement opportunities, training and professional development courses, and industry news.  It will also showcase the diverse range of career roles available.

Chris Hall, Group Managing Director of Acivico, comments: “As a leading building services consultancy that has a long-standing track record of supporting the West Midlands’ construction industry, we are delighted to support ‘I Built It’.

“Construction growth forecasts for the region are some of the highest in the UK and underline how important it is for the industry to attract new talent and for construction to be seen as a career of choice.  By connecting academia, industry professionals, students, recruiters and employers, I Built It will play a vital role in addressing the skills gap while enabling people to access rewarding careers in the region’s construction sector.”

Acivico Group employs 145 people and provides a range of design, building control, professional services and asset management services.  The consultancy, allied to its Constructing West Midlands framework, has been involved in the delivery of some of the most prestigious construction projects in the West Midlands region.