This project aims to provide a set of resources and develop an Industry-Higher Education (HE) partnership initiatives as a response to the CITB’s call for commissioned Employer-HE collaboration. It will:

  • Identify and promote current and new high-value job roles in an increasingly multidisciplinary construction industry;
  • Demonstrate modern methods of design, planning, management and construction;
  • Provide contextualized learning through immersive and experiential learning opportunities to improve accessibility to practical learning.

A sustainable Employer-HE network will be established in two regions – Wales and Yorkshire – to establish best practice in collaborative partnerships.

A set of physical and virtual resources will be developed that will specifically address three principal target groups:

  • Level III school/college -leavers interested, for example, in a digitally literate career or leadership and management skills;
  • Existing employees within the Construction sector who have the enthusiasm and propensity to achieve higher skills and knowledge, but lack confidence and access to flexible HE learning modes;
  • Graduates/Higher Diplomats from apparently non-cognate disciplines, who, with a retraining programme, could be effective contributors in areas such as logistics and project management.

The CPD and other training material will be evidence-based. The project will also design, develop and deliver a series of case studies that promote the cross-disciplinary nature of the Construction sector.

Benefits

  • A flexible learning mode with a blended learning combination of virtual/immersive learning materials that support continuing professional development (CPD);
  • A learning environment that understands and supports more vocationally-orientated learners;
  • Up-skilling of existing employees within the Construction sector;
  • Retraining programme for graduates/higher diplomates from apparently non-cognate disciplines;
  • Closer engagement between the Construction industry and higher education (HE).

For further information please contact stephen.hole@uwtsd.ac.uk, project manager.

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