• Digital game inspires tomorrow’s construction professionals

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has created a Minecraft game in a bid to introduce schoolchildren to the idea of a career in construction.

The game, called ‘Craft Your Future’ is aimed at 12-14 year olds and allows them to explore the skills and attributes needed to be a construction manager.

Teachers can download four Minecraft lessons, which are set in virtual city Newtown. Students can also complete various exercises such as restoring Battersea Power Station.

Bridget Bartlett, deputy chief executive at the CIOB, said: “Combining Minecraft and a thorough curriculum for the teacher makes for a unique and immersive experience and will help reveal why the industry is important and why a career in construction can be so rewarding.

“There are 70 million people playing Minecraft and just like Lego it has the capacity to inspire and attract a new wave of construction managers into an ever-increasing digital industry.”

She added: “What is exciting is that these young learners will not only have fun but also develop their communication, team working and mathematics skills; skills that construction has a high demand for. The lessons are designed to be teacher friendly and we hope construction employers will also want to use them in schools as they bid to switch the next generation onto a career in construction.”