Image: The Play with the Future programme will give school pupils the opportunity to experience the future of construction by using pioneering equipment housed within the Innovation Factory

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Scottish Future Skills Strategy aims to inspire next generation

15 December 2019

Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) has unveiled a Future Skills Strategy aimed at the nation’s education sector and industry leaders.

Building on the success of the BIM in Practice and College Innovation programmes, the new strategy will unlock partnerships with schools, further education providers, public sector partners and industry. A range of interactive courses and activities will help to widen participation and educate young people about the career opportunities available within the industry, and what those roles might look like in the future. 

Rohan Bush, head of public partnerships & future workforce at CSIC, said: “Simply telling young people that they could have a great future in construction isn’t that effective. But let them play with the tech that will be part of that future, and they come back wanting to know more. The new programmes also offer those currently working in the industry the opportunity to expand and develop their skills and knowledge.”

CSIC is working collaboratively with a number of partners to deliver new activities. The Play with the Future programme will give school pupils the opportunity to experience the future of construction by using pioneering equipment housed within the Innovation Factory (pictured). 

Other elements of this programme will encourage them to consider the design and build aspects of smart homes for an ageing population. Working in conjunction with Skills Development Scotland and Developing the Young Workforce, CSIC will get young people thinking about an individual’s needs and how homes can be adapted using digital and assistive technology. They will also get the opportunity to operate robots to see how they might work alongside people in the future. 

Another programme activity, Construction Virtual Reality Training, will offer learners the opportunity to experience different immersive learning environments including working at height, the use of drones in construction, Mimbus woodcutting and paint spraying modules and the Virtual Building Element Environment (VBEE).

In VBEE, users will be set a task to build either a house, an industrial unit or an offsite modular building, and will be presented with a range of scenarios. This programme, which is funded by CITB and led by Construction Wales Innovation Centre, can be used not only by young people considering a career in construction, but also apprentices and workers already employed in the industry.

Elaine Ellis, skills planning manager at Skills Development Scotland, said: “We are delighted to be working with Construction Scotland Innovation Centre team to showcase the innovation and skills opportunities within the construction industry.”

CSIC would like to hear from industry, further education providers and public sector partners who are interested in these programmes, and also in using the Innovation Factory, CSIC’s 35,000 sq ft hub that provides an open access, low cost, safe environment and access to £2m of state-of-the-art equipment.  

Further details of the programmes can be found at www.cs-ic.org/innovationcentre/future-skills

Image: The Play with the Future programme will give school pupils the opportunity to experience the future of construction by using pioneering equipment housed within the Innovation Factory