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the impact of Government policies and practices on the The Diploma and NVQ graduates of 2010 will be pioneering
planning process and climate change and its impact on these new methods, incorporating renewable technologies
the design of structures, are built into students’ learning. and intelligent building technologies into every aspect of
This will, I hope, not only allow the next generation of
their working day. We have to make young people’s
construction workers to deliver sustainable working
education of today relevant for tomorrow. We need to
practices and techniques on projects but also refine and
inform and assist the construction industry to respond
develop them for the next generation.
to the changing demands being placed upon it to achieve
social, environmental and commercial sustainability. In
This brings me on to an exciting project we’re currently in
doing so, we need to provide support to innovate in terms
the process of undertaking at ConstructionSkills. The
of product, process and ultimately people and skills.
Future Skills Unit aims to facilitate this move towards a
more sustainable approach to construction and the built
Of course, whilst new products can provide a catalyst for
environment. It seeks to quell the perception that
change, they will only deliver the intended benefits if they
innovation is purely product-based. The existing built
are supported by effective changes within both the work-
environment will require traditional maintenance skills
force and the process. Product innovation and process
for many decades to come. However, a large part of ‘new
innovation are two separate entities but they are not
build’ output is demanding more innovative skill sets which
mutually exclusive. It is up to us to marry the two together,
require new training programmes and qualifications.
seamlessly if possible, but effectively, at the very least.
The Future Skills Unit has been set up in recognition of Without a shadow of a doubt, education will be key to
increased industry change over the last 10 years. It will everything the industry, and especially ConstructionSkills,
also help ensure we can provide new qualifications to does in relation to working on and fulfilling the sustain-
support industry needs. This follows on from the work ability agenda and I look forward to contributing to, and
begun in 2005 to develop an NVQ in Innovative Methods reviewing the changes that are being made over the
in Construction. coming months and years.
CENTRE FOR ALTERNATIVE TECHNOLOGY RESIDENTIAL COURSES
Renewable Energy - Wind, water, solar, biomass
Sustainable Building - Timber, clay, earth, straw, eco design
Green Sanitation and Organic Waste Management
Training for Installers of Solar Water and Electrical and Biomass Systems
Energy Efficient services Organic growing Environmental education
MSc Architecture: Advanced Energy and Environmental Studies
MSc Renewable Energy and the Built Environment
Part 2 Professional Diploma Architecture
For further details contact:-
courses@cat.org.uk msc@cat.org.uk www.cat.org.uk
CAT, Machynlleth, Powys SY20 9AZ
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