Entrants to the Rising Stars challenge will be required to submit a short video of themselves lasting between 3 and 5 minutes, as a part of the entry process demonstrating their skills.
The video can be continuous or a collection of shorter (around 1 minute) clips focussing on specific tasks e.g. beading a window, fitting glass, applying silicone, putting in fixings etc.
This will give the judging team an early indication of key things such as, are entrants wearing the relevant PPE, do they fully understand the techniques they should be employing, are they using the correct tools etc.
This will be followed up by an online interview for the judges to ask them key questions about installing, what they have learned about their trade since joining the industry, and what they understand of the challenges of carrying out their role.
To provide a wider range of scoring opportunities judges will ask questions from a pre-prepared questionnaire which they will share visually on screen with candidates.
Support, guidance and mentoring will be offered to entrants as they come through the early rounds to encourage them to develop their skills.
Onsite judging will take place for round 3 for those who come through the earlier stages, and will include entrants installing a window, a door or a composite door. The final two will go forward to a head to head live final to be held at the Building Our Skills Academy in Sheffield in April 2021.