Galway City Youth Reach shortlisted for CIF’s Build the Future Competition

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Minister Darragh O’Brien TD, Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Tom Parlon, Director General of the CIF, Malahide Community School student Daniel O’Reilly pose for photos as the short list for the CIF’s Building the Future’s Schools Challenge. Fennell Photography 2022

Galway City Youth Reach has been shortlisted for the Construction Industry Federation’s (CIF) Build a School Competition.

The Youth Reach was shortlisted for its proposed development of housing and apartments on Ballymoneen Road.

Eight schools in total will compete for three finalist spots at the awards ceremony on April 7.

As well as Galway, the shortlisted schools represent Tipperary, Wicklow, and Dublin.

“This year’s finalists further raise the standard from last year,” said Frank Kelly, President of the CIF.

“The standard across all the entries was exceptional, and the judging process was very challenging.

“We want to recognise and commend all the schools that entered. The finalists demonstrated creativity and innovation and look forward to naming the winners in April.”

Darragh O’Brien TD said that the competition plays a critical role in encouraging the next generation to consider a career in the construction sector, as it shows the diversity and variety of skills and roles within the industry.

“The sector will need 27,500 additional workers to achieve the housing targets set out in Housing for All, and we must do all we can to encourage younger people to consider a job in construction.

“A job in this sector offers huge growth potential and  multiple entry points and skills that will allow you to work and develop a successful career anywhere.”

The Construction Industry Federation (CIF) in association with Sherry FitzGerald has opened the competition, now in its second year, which is aimed at Senior cycle and Youthreach students.

The competition is a team-based project where students work together to design a residential housing development help address sustainability, climate change, solve the housing crisis and showcase innovation in construction.