Rebecca is Founder and Chief Dot-joiner at Building People, a social enterprise that is creating connections across the built environment to address the sector challenges of diversity, skills and social impact. Building People is a free-to-use ecosystem and platform that aggregates and integrates with industry-wide activity, enabling people to find employers, opportunities and resources, and employers to connect with a more diverse range of talent.
Rebecca has over twenty years’ experience in creating and connecting organisations, networks and partnerships across the built environment. She is a co-founder of BuildForce, the industry initiative to facilitate connections between ex-military personnel and industry employers, and also a co-founder of Be Onsite, a non-profit company providing training and job opportunities for disadvantaged people in the property sector.
Prior to Building People, Rebecca spent seven years at Lendlease as a Community Development Manager, followed by ten years running her own niche consultancy (Circle Three Consulting), where she developed and delivered employment and skills/social inclusion and diversity programmes.
Before discovering the world of construction and the built environment Rebecca worked in the humanitarian aid and homelessness sectors. Rebecca has an MSc in Urban Regeneration and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
What to expect during the event
The problem that the construction and built environment sector is faced with is simple to state: The UK needs to build; there is a shortage of competent and experienced workers, and the workforce we have lacks diversity and is not reflective of UK society. The solution is less easy and requires a team effort, which isn’t easy in our fragmented sector, but is proven to be possible.
Hear from Rebecca Lovelace, Founder and Chief Dot-joiner at Building People, about practical and straightforward ways for businesses to engage with diverse and under-represented audiences, all based on sharing (vacancies, events and knowledge) in order to collaboratively widen talent pools, increase diversity in the workforce and reduce skills shortages.
- It’s a fragmented sector.
- There is a lot going on in the equality, diversity and inclusion space.
- There are drivers that support change (e.g. social value and procurement requirements).
- Collaboration is certainly possible.
- Tenacity, self-belief and an inclusive approach are vital to effecting real change.
Joining the dots between diversity, skills and social impact