The FLUID Diversity Mentoring Programme

Would you like to progress your career in the construction sector? Are you a student or practitioner in construction? Do you have the commitment and enthusiasm to commit to mentoring? If the answer to these questions is yes then the FLUID programme may be for you.

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What is FLUID?

Welcome to the FLUID Diversity Mentoring Programme, an award winning programme designed to address the retention and development of talented practitioners from diverse backgrounds for management and leadership roles in the built environment.

Who is FLUID for?

This project facilitates the linking of volunteer mentors and mentees from across the construction industry to work on a one to one mentoring partnership to enable the support and development of the mentee. Construction professionals at a variety of career stages are encouraged to take part.

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The programme has been developed to address the under-representation within management and leadership structures in the built environment sector, with particular but not exclusive focus on:

  • Women

  • People from black and ethnic minority backgrounds

  • People with disabilities

  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT)

  • Those from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds


How does FLUID work?

Volunteers are asked to commit to the scheme for 12 months, typically volunteers need to spend 3 hours per month communicating with their mentee via face-to-face meetings or virtual means. Both mentors and mentees are invited to share their experiences by contributing to evaluation surveys and case studies on their experience. Check out our FAQs below for more information.

Making Impact

Our mentors and mentees gain a huge amount from taking part in the FLUID programme, gaining from opportunities to build their networks, expand their leadership skills, and gain in confidence. To find out more check our blog and case studies:

Applications for the 2020 Cohort are now closed

Thank you to everyone who has completed an application for the 2020 Cohort, applications are now closed. Sign up to our newsletter for information on new opportunities to volunteer or gain support.



  1. I live outside London in the UK can I take part? Yes, we welcome applications from built environment professionals from across the UK and we encourage participants who are not based in the same region to meet virtually if at all possible.

  2. I’m not an architect can I take part? We welcome applications from all built environment professionals including surveyors, engineers, planners, project managers, environmental engineers and others.

  3. Can I apply to be both a mentor and mentee? Yes, you can.

  4. I am not a student, can I apply to be a mentee? Yes, FLUID is a unique programme which supports practitioners at various career stages.

  5. What happens after application? We will be in touch to update applicants with regard to progress once applications close. All potential participants take part in an interview, following this the matching process begins and where a suitable match is identified BBU will advise. The application to matching process typically takes 3 months. The 12 months of mentoring begins when successful applicants are matched.


You can become a sponsor for 2020

Your company can take advantage of the benefits of becoming a sponsor, helping you to drive diversity and inclusion strategies through our learning offers and delighting your customers by demonstrating your commitment to making positive change.

This year we have widened the opportunities available and to find out more about the Platinum, Gold and Silver packages please contact Danna Walker founder of Built By Us.

GOLD Sponsor 2019

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