Offsite construction to go mainstream with £1.2m CITB investment
Offsite construction has received a boost, with £1.2m in funding for training materials from the CITB.
As a result of this investment, industry and education will have free access to a range of standardised, innovative and blended learning materials focussing on offsite construction – the manufacture and assembly of construction components ahead of installation onsite.
Research has shown that offsite or modular construction can increase productivity and reduce timescales and build costs compared with traditional methods, with nearly half of employers expecting to use offsite techniques within the next five years.
Trainers in education and industry will be able to upskill themselves in offsite manufacturing and construction, alongside an outreach programme for secondary schools to show a new generation the career opportunities involved.
The projects are being led by the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC), and the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC).
Discussing the programme, Steve Radley, CITB Strategy and Policy Director, said: “Offsite construction creates a range of exciting new skills needs and opportunities, including in assembly, digital technologies and installation. We’re looking to build these into training at both entry level and also to enable upskilling within the industry, because getting this right can mean a more multi-skilled, diverse and productive workforce.”