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Industry is inextricably linked with the environment; much of the industry, and up-skilling the existing workforce,
of the time to its detriment, I’m afraid to say. According to whose experience and knowledge we absolutely depend
the National Energy Foundation, around half of the UK’s upon.
CO2 emissions come from industry and commerce,
Education, for both school-leavers and adults, will
including the use of transport to deliver goods. Many
underpin the sustainable skills requirements that we are
commentators point to the aviation and motor industries
currently looking at. Whether we’re talking about the
as being particularly heavy pollutants but I’m afraid to say
design and manufacture of construction products,
we are all responsible.
approaches to planning, building and construction methods,
A story that caught my eye recently was one concerning or repair & maintenance, sustainability is now, and will
the agriculture sector. There was a call by Hilary Benn continue to be ever more so, at the heart of everything
MP, in January 2010, to produce more food, whilst the industry does.
simultaneously reducing carbon emissions. A tall task,
And for those who are still doubtful of ‘sustainability’ as
surely? But one that, unfortunately, must be conquered;
a concept, I say to them that, they will lag behind their
a rising population with spiralling demands on food
competitors, as clients increasingly demand greener
resources cannot deter our national and global goal of
buildings and products. It is only those businesses that
significantly reducing carbon emissions.
embrace the changes in technology, new methods of
And the same goes for the construction industry; whilst construction and the changing needs and clients – as well
we’ve seen a stagnation in building projects in the last as changes in legislation - that are securing their own
year or so, this will not be the case as we move further future. They are sustaining themselves as a business entity.
into the second decade of the century. An increase in
What we must do at ConstructionSkills is to help
population means a greater need for more residences
construction companies decipher what is meant by this
and we are already in the midst of a housing shortage.
word ‘sustainability’ and all that it entails throughout the
Our farming colleagues are, at this very minute, in the
entire production of a product. It’s all very well telling
process of developing more sustainable ways to produce
industry that we need to be ‘more sustainable’, but what
food and my industry colleagues are doing the exact same
does that mean for businesses of all sizes? What does it
thing for construction.
mean for the supply chain and our clients? There is
We all have to change the ways in which we work and, certainly going to be a period of education and re-education.
whilst this naturally does take some time, we do not have
From a skills perspective, ConstructionSkills has an
all the time in the world. Sustainability has progressed
important and challenging role to play. We are acutely
from being a buzz word to a reality at an alarming speed.
aware that innovation and modern methods of construction
The construction industry is continuously evolving, with
are already having an impact on training and skills needs
changing needs, and we need to reflect this in our
with the larger contractors and their supply chains. In
approach to training new recruits, who are the life blood
many areas of the industry new and greener construction
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