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Demonstrating the value of a schools engagement programme: introducing young people to the construction professions

Bridgeman, Jemma, Maple, Peter, Murdock, Alex, Hardy, Suzanne and Townley, Christine 2016. Demonstrating the value of a schools engagement programme: introducing young people to the construction professions. Presented at: 32nd Annual ARCOM Conference, Manchester, UK, 5-7 September 2016. Published in: Chan, P. W. and Neilson, C. J. eds. Proceedings of the 32nd Annual ARCOM Conference. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, pp. 1007-1016.

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The research presents an impact study of Construction Youth Trust’s and Network Rail’s Budding Brunels Rail programme which aims to introduce young people facing barriers to careers within the construction professions. The aim was to develop complex and robust Social Return on Investment (SROI) measures which would work alongside more simplistic outcome-based binary measures preferred by government e.g. employed/unemployed. There are challenges developing a sufficiently robust SROI study particularly as there is not currently a theory of valuation of non-market goods to value outcomes in social science. Stakeholders were consulted to determine the changes that had happened for them as a result of the intervention and then a financial value was put on the changes. Both students and construction industry professionals consulted indicated they benefited from the programme. The research demonstrates while there are increasing arguments for the standardisation of SROI it would have not been possible to measure the impact of Budding Brunels without the flexibility of the approach.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: Association of Researchers in Construction Management
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2023 11:00

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