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CIOB student initiatives: a chance to raise your profile

CIOB student initiatives

Sponsoring one of the CIOB student initiatives is an effective way to raise your profile among the next generation of professionals.

CIOB produces events and activities to inspire and support professionals with their career development and raise standards across the industry. One key area is supporting students at the beginning of their career.  

Through our Global Student Challenge and the Student Festival, we reach out to a global audience of diverse, ambitious professionals who are looking to get ahead in their career and ultimately to become the key decision-makers of the future.

Global Student Challenge 2023

CIOB’s competition for students from around the world has an exciting new format. Using a new interactive software platform, students receive an imaginary injection of cash and asked to bid for the construction of a student-focused campus facility.

The competition

Students will be asked to present a build that is radically different and meets local technical, environmental and social needs. Using local materials and skills, they are tasked with design and delivery through a two-stage selection process. The idea is to replicate a real-life project. The finalists present their bid to a live panel of expert judges online.

Amazing opportunity

The winning team will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to CIOB Members’ Forum in the UK, to present their bid and test their ideas in the real world, with global industry experts giving feedback. They will also receive a £2,000 cash prize.

It’s a six-month campaign, as the call for entries starts in January, with the rounds taking place in February-April. CIOB will announce the winners in April, ready to prepare for their all-expenses-paid trip in June.

Student Festival 8-9 March 2023

Now in its third year, the CIOB Student Festival is a two-day student event in one virtual space for all CIOB student members around the globe.

The purpose is to inspire, inform and celebrate our student members, who can expect to take away meaningful messages from a diverse community of CIOB membership bodies. This will allow them to benefit from technical and practical insights, professional views and personal wisdom for future careers.

The festival will include: 

  • Industry leaders – thoughts, opinions, and wisdom from leaders in the sector;
  • Global careers – a spotlight on career perspectives from global organisations in all areas of construction; 
  • Learning essentials – student takeaways from dissertation tips to finding your next job; 
  • Tomorrow’s leaders – views from our early career and future leaders; and
  • Networking – making new professional contacts across the globe.

Showcase your company to upcoming talent. As a sponsor of the Student Festival, you could offer a plenary presentation or workshop that inspires a future generation of professionals. Or, with the Global Student Challenge, you can add your voice to the excitement of a global competition and join in the promotion of the successful teams.

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