The OurCity2030 Pathway into the Built Environment

The OurCity2030 Pathway into Built Environment, in partnership with AtkinsRéalis, 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.

This Pathway provides the opportunity for organisations in the sector to address underrepresentation within their sector, and a way to add meaningful social impact to their projects, upskilling underrepresented groups, and benefiting the rest of the economy and society. It will act as a social value pathway to systems change.

How to get involved?

For organisations interested in finding out more about taking part in the OurCity2030 Pathway into Built Environment, we are holding an event on 16th July 2024 at We The Curious. You can register to attend this event here.