We ask readers to share their visions of the industry in 25 years’ time. Here, Dawn Moore of Morgan Sindall calls for diversity to become part of the industry’s fabric

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In 25 years’ time I hope we are in a position where diversity is no longer seen as an “initiative”, a specific recruitment drive or a point of difference – but rather as a natural reflection of a varied and vibrant employee profile across all industries. 

In order to get to this point, making the connection between the talent we know is out there and the demand from industry is crucial step. Developing new ways of engaging with potential employees is vital – particularly in sectors like construction, which can find recruitment challenging. 

Developing new ways of engaging with potential employees is vital

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We want to attract the very best talent possible and we understand that often a one-size-fits-all approach just doesn’t work in recruitment.

Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure’s Returnships programme, for example, is helping us to attract people with mid to senior level management experience, who have taken a voluntary career break of at

least 18 months. These people have been out of work for a wide range of reasons and bring extremely valuable experience to the table. 

Huge strides can be made when there is real commitment to positive change. A great example is the government’s commitment to encouraging mothers back to work. The Office for National Statistics has reported a dramatic step change in the rates of working mothers in the UK – almost 75% of women with dependent children are now either in full-time or part-time work. 

It’s this sort of tangible commitment to new approaches that creates real impact and will get us to where we need to be by 2043.

Dawn Moore is HR director at Morgan Sindall Construction and Infrastructure

Do you have a Thought for Tomorrow? Just send your name, job title and company, and 250 words to building@building.co.uk, with the heading “Building Your Future”, answering these questions:

  • What would you like the construction industry to look like in 25 years’ time?
  • And what needs to change to make that happen?