Digital transformation guide for Scottish construction SMEs

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The Scottish Construction Leadership Forum (CLF) has launched a guide to digital transformation aimed at Scottish construction SMEs.

The guide highlights the support available to Scottish construction SMEs, ranging from a one-off call to help identify the different types of funding a company may be eligible for to up to 10 hours of mentoring for business owners, directors or senior managers of SMEs that are CITB-registered or that are in the supply chain of CITB-registered companies.

This support is available until July 2022.

The guide was produced by the CLF’s Digital Strategy Steering Group following research by one of its members, Digital Construction Skills (DCS), that showed a need to help businesses access available support for their digital journey.

Saffron Grant, MD at DCS, said: “We can help, free of charge, any construction business quickly work out what is most relevant to them regardless of whether they are CITB-registered or whether it is for digital construction support or more general upskilling or business improvement.”

Michael Lennox, partnership manager at CITB, said: “There is grant-eligible training for all sorts of digital skills including drones, laser scanners, GNSS, robotic total station, 3D mapping and modelling software, 3D machine control and BIM. This means the full costs could be claimed through the CITB Skills and Training Fund.”

Lynsey Brydson, head of digital programmes at the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, said: “The guide maps out different sources of funding including for training, free mentoring and the Digital Development Loan, an interest free loan of up to £100,000 from the Scottish government.”

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  1. Hi, Digital Construction Skills for SMEs is very interesting. Does this include construction management? Which affordable construction management platform do you recommend to an SME construction company?

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