Ivor Goodsite Hoarding Competition

NB: This is a news story published in 2013. For the most up to date information please visit www.ivorgoodsite.org.uk

Since his inception exactly ten years ago, Ivor Goodsite has made appearances at thousands of schools, sites and countless other events to help educate young people about the importance of construction site safety and to promote all that is positive about the UK construction industry.

In 2003, the Ivor character was launched by the Considerate Constructors Scheme as a means through which the industry could engage with a young audience, assisting with their community engagement events and making children aware of the dangers of construction sites. Year upon year he has become increasingly popular, building a range of educational products and becoming the familiar face of the industry that we all know today.

ivor-hoarding-3Being such an important milestone in his history, this year will see Ivor launch his first Ivor Goodsite Hoarding Competition, where contractors will invite schools and children’s groups local to their sites to take part in designing and decorating its hoarding. Running throughout the summer, this initiative will be a brilliant way for construction site teams nationwide to work together with their surrounding communities, and actively involve the young people who may be affected by their works.

Contractors taking part will be asked to organise events over the coming months, inviting children to be as imaginative as they can and create a site hoarding based on their chosen theme. A range of fantastic winners’ prizes will be up for grabs, such as personalised t-shirts and lots of Ivor goodies, and all participants will also receive prizes including medals and Ivor fun packs simply for taking part. Sites will receive branding and Ivor merchandise including colourful posters and banners to display their entry to their surrounding neighbours, as well as recognition on the Scheme’s website, and the winning site will even have special visit from the Scheme and Ivor himself to celebrate and present prizes.

The competition is geared towards allowing contractors to educate children about construction site safety and creating a positive legacy for them to aspire to; while the hoarding they design may only be temporary, the valuable experience they take from participating will be permanent, potentially even encouraging them towards a career in construction.

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The fee for competition entry is £500 (+ VAT) per site and the entry form must be submitted by the 30th July; upon which each will initially receive their bespoke welcome pack which will include Ivor promotional signs, posters and products to help display participation, along with instructions, guidance and ideas. If this deadline is at all problematic for you, please do not hesitate to contact the Scheme to discuss. Entrants will then have until 1st November to hold their events and submit details and photos of their hoarding being designed and decorated. The winners will be decided by a judging panel and announced shortly after.

As part of the competition and similar to many other initiatives it supports, the Scheme will be looking to contribute towards an important charity relevant to child safety. Therefore, any profits generated by this fantastic initiative will be donated to the Safe Network. Jointly managed by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), Children of England and the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT), the Safe Network was created as a result of the Government’s ‘Staying Safe’ action plan. The charity provides advice and information for parents and guardians, relating to children’s activities outside the home, from after school clubs to weekend reading groups. For more information, please visit www.safenetwork.org.uk

For further information, please contact the Scheme by calling 0800 783 1423 or email enquiries@ivorgoodsite.org.uk