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Launching the OurCity2030 Pathway into Built Environment

OurCity2030 and AtkinsRéalis are proud to announce the launch of the OurCity2030 Pathway into Built Environment, which aims to address the issue of underrepresentation within the Built Environment sector.

The Pathway aims to bring together a cluster of organisations within the sector to work together on:

  • Reducing barriers of entry for those from local ethnic and low-income communities 

  • Enabling ethnic minority candidates from the local community to progress into career-oriented and secured salary roles. 

  • Empowering the Built Environment sector to lead on diversity, equal opportunity and inclusion at the workplace 

This is needed because whilst the Built Environment sector is a broad one, it is not a representative one. According to the 2021 Census, whilst individuals from ethnic minority backgrounds made up 19% of Bristol’s total Population, only 8.2% of construction workers were from ethnic minority backgrounds, alongside only 13.3% of those working in real estate, financial, professional and administrative activities.

This lack of representation is not due to lack of interest in the sector. Babbasa’s OurCity2030 survey 2022 indicated that the top industry interests for young people from Asian and Black backgrounds included the Built Environment, alongside Business & Finance; Digital; Health, and Medicine & Social Care.

The Pathway will provide the opportunity for organisations in the sector to address underrepresentation within their sector

It will also act as a way to add meaningful social impact to projects, upskilling underrepresented groups, and acting as a social value pathway to systems change.

How to get involved?

We are launching the Pathway with an event on 16th July 2024 at We The Curious. Find out more by registering to attend this event here.



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