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Career Colleges Trust tackles construction digital skills gap with Oaklands College
By: Career Colleges Trust
According to CITB's research (https://www.citb.co.uk/
Andrew Slade, CEO & Principal of Oaklands College, shared:
"It's an exciting time to work with Career Colleges Trust and its employer board to make sure we prepare our learners with digital literacy skills appropriate for the construction industry. The skills gap is widely reported, compounded by the rapid change in technology and rate of innovation, driven by the need for green homes and energy-efficient infrastructure.
"Construction is definitely an exciting career choice for learners, so it's vital that we work with employers and industry to help address the skills gap head-on and deliver a clear talent pipeline - choosing the right partners is paramount to our achievement of this. Career Colleges is one of those partners; their Digital Construction Framework will connect us with industry experts to shape our curriculum and support our students and staff with a range of CPD, webinars and the opportunity for site visits."
Andrew added: "And the completion of our purpose-built state-of-the-
Career College's CEO, Bev Jones, said:
"Oaklands College's vision and curriculum innovation is an example of an educator taking action to collaborate with industry and develop the skills needed by the construction sector, leading the way in Digital Construction education – this is great news for learners, industry, and employers alike.
"For the UK to meet the demands of tomorrow's world, creating energy efficient homes and achieving Net Zero - workers entering the construction sector need to be equipped with the skills employers need. And to make sure colleges can deliver the talent pipeline, there needs to be more collaboration across industry, government, professional bodies, and education. Our Digital Construction Project, funded by Sir Robert McAlpine, aims to play an active role in moving the dial forward to connect employers and educators, helping them address the skills gap."
Bev concluded: "There are so many exciting careers in construction, some exist now, and some are yet to be created, so we need to come together to make sure we don't fail the new talent pipeline and their future work opportunities."