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BCTG Construct is a consortium of educators, industrialists, and designers who aim to transform the way that construction-based training programmes are delivered in the UK.

BCTG Construct, in association with Circular Glasgow and the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC), recently invited construction employers, large and small, to attend a free afternoon information session at the CSIC’s ‘Innovation Factory’. The event, held on Thursday 15th February 2018, saw 40 individuals (representing 30 companies and organisations) from the construction, design and education sectors in attendance.

BCTG Construct launched an applied research publication that examines the skills gaps at supervisory level in the UK construction industry. It identified key recommendations and provides an overview of the blended learning programme that is currently in development. This project, which is funded by the Construction Industry Training Board, is designed to help construction businesses increase productivity, reduce inefficiency and close the skills gap by offering site supervisors an “anytime, anywhere” learning experience.

Linzi Shearer, Project Manager and Lead Researcher for BCTG Construct, said:

“This event was a fantastic opportunity to engage face to face with construction SMEs to further understand the key issues they face concerning supervisor training and development. Findings from the publication are being used to inform the development of an innovative co-designed and co-delivered online training solution that is designed to address current and future skills gaps.”

Jennifer Smart, Business Relationship Manager for the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, said:

“The Construction Scotland Innovation Centre was delighted to host and support the BCTG Construct event at our Innovation Factory in Hamilton, near Glasgow. The event showcased some of support available to companies within the Construction Sector as well as shining a light on the issue of the skills gap the industry faces and how this can be addressed. At the CSIC, we are dedicated to promoting innovation and supporting companies that work within the Construction and Built Environment space to deliver transformational change and real economic benefit to Scotland. ”

Alison McRae, Senior Projects Director for Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, said:

“Recognising an increased level of interest in the circular economy from the construction sector, the event provided Circular Glasgow with a means to improve the understanding amongst the industry’s supply chains.  With the growing need for testing new solutions, and innovation across design, construction and manufacturing, hosting the event at The Construction Scotland Innovation Centre provided yet further inspiration to encourage the successful transition to a circular economy.”

A digital version of the BCTG Construct publication can be downloaded by subscribing through the project website here

Copies of the presentations that were delivered on the day can be accessed here

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