Found 223 funded projects. Funded projects are sorted in the most recent first.
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- Digital leaders: taking action on construction’s digital future (Giving leaders the skills to drive digital change)
Training and developmentFunding topic:Changing industry culture, Productivity and new ways of working, Digital and new technology, Learning resources, Leadership and managementProject lead:National Federation of BuildersAmount awarded:£103,767Project summary:
The project will deliver digital change in construction companies by upskilling leaders by developing three leadership training programmes that adopt an action learning approach.
This method delivers change through achievable cycles of learn / test / do / review that allow leaders to undertake gradual stages of digital adoption, learn through the process but also taking practical steps to digitalise during the training. These programmes will increase adaptive capability and approaches to unlock and exploit digital opportunities within the sector.
Each training programme is proposed to be accredited with ILM at L3 (team level); L5 (departmental level); L7 (organisational level). The project aims to ensure training is eligible for grant funding as an exit strategy. 48 construction companies will each put two leaders through the programme. This will help to unlock digital change at strategic and operational levels of a business.
After the project participating employers will have taken measurable steps to digitalisation. The qualifications will be available for industry to access and benefit from. NFB will follow process to ensure they are eligible for grant funding.
- Downloading a Digital Mindset (Giving leaders the skills to drive digital change)
Training and developmentFunding topic:Changing industry culture, Productivity and new ways of working, Digital and new technology, Learning resources, Small employer support, Leadership and managementProject lead:Supply Chain SchoolAmount awarded:£309,860Project summary:
The project will draw learning and best practice from Tideway, one of the UKs leading digitalised infrastructure projects. Costain, Skanska and the Supply Chain School’s main infrastructure contractors will provide insight and experiences to create a blend of online and face to face digital leadership training modules.
Over three years, the programme will equip managers and leaders with the skills and technology knowledge to embed a digital approach into their business strategies. It will combine training in behavioural skills with a toolbox knowledge of digital products and how they will be implemented. The supply chains of the Tier 1 contractors partnering on the project will be engaged so as to achieve significant industry engagement during the project.
After the project, participating employers will have taken measurable steps to digitalisation. All content will be sustained on the Supply Chain School platform and made freely available to industry, supported by the Supply Chain School members. Partnerships with Microsoft and Google are also being explored.
- Establishing Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) - Giving leaders the skills to drive digital change
Training and developmentFunding topic:Changing industry culture, Productivity and new ways of working, Digital and new technology, Learning resources, Leadership and management, Small employer supportProject lead:Willmott DixonAmount awarded:£198,908Project summary:
The project will deliver skills and knowledge to enable business leaders across the supply chain to embed digital ledger technology (DLT / block chain) by demonstrating the business case for doing so, as well as practical digital concepts and methods. It will provide guidance on enhancements to existing processes and behaviours to enable this technology to be adopted.
The project will establish a network of champions and pathfinders across the supply chain to aid communication and engagement supporting the validation of digital ledger technology. It will develop training content that will upskill construction leaders across the supply chain in how to fully unlock this technology.
After the project, participating employers will have taken measurable steps to digitalisation. A white paper will report on the training outcomes and provide best practice guidance on how to embed DLT in the supply chain. The training materials use to achieve this will be made freely available to industry.
- Improving performance through better procurement practices (Performance through Procurement)
Training and developmentFunding topic:Changing industry culture, Productivity and new ways of working, Digital and new technology, Learning resources, New qualifications and courses, Small employer support, Leadership and managementProject lead:Action Sustainability LtdAmount awarded:£1,060,472Project summary:
“Performance through Procurement” brings together 11 of our Partners who are tier 1 contractors, their key supply chain members and client organisations to drive increased performance through the adoption of better procurement and supply chain management practices and improved collaboration.
We will achieve this through five key activities:
- Developing a supply chain performance dashboard - to track performance improvements.
- Developing a procurement skills diagnostic tool - to assess the training needs of participants.
- Developing 8 CPD accredited training courses, 8 e-learning modules and an online resource library of learning videos, materials and tools.
- Delivering 92 training sessions and over 200 days of coaching through three work streams:
- 40 organisations participating in 10 supply chain improvement projects.
- Direct trainer led delivery to 400 supply chain organisations in the 3 target sectors.
- 300+ organisations access procurement training through our online portal.
- Monitoring the impact of our training interventions.
- Lean Procurement Development Pathway
Training and developmentFunding topic:Changing industry cultureProject lead:BAM NuttallAmount awarded:£635,565Project summary:
The BAM Nuttall and LCI project will implement a value-driven approach to procurement, which will replace the current cost/price-driven, low margin and low-investment transactional procurement model.
Their approach will establish clear goals and prioritize benefit creation for clients, investors and companies at every level and in every element of the value stream.
- Improving performance through better procurement practices
Training & DevelopmentFunding topic:Changing industry culture, Productivity and new ways of working, New qualifications and courses, Small employer supportProject lead:Nottingham Trent UniversityAmount awarded:£660,704Project summary:
This project will involve the implementation of an “Integrated Value-based Supply Chain (IVSC)” procurement approach for the delivery of local authority (LA) projects. According to industry forecasts, the LA building sector fared poorly in 2018, and is expected to continue to underperform relative to the housing and infrastructure sectors. This new procurement approach will embed processes and practices that drive productivity improvements through innovation and a focus on collaborative value addition by Tier-2, and Tier-3 organisations.
- Augmented induction for highways (Immersive Learning)
InnovationFunding topic:Digital and new technology, Learning resourcesProject lead:BAM NuttallAmount awarded:£244,000Project summary:
The project will reduce teaching time and improve memory retention for behavioural induction training onto highway construction sites using augmented reality in a blended learning solution. Content will cover topics including: access and egress, exclusion zones, people plant, scaffolding.
This will be delivered using classroom environments, tablet computers and affordable virtual reality headsets. Products include 3D content, serious games and interactive quizzes. It will be presented in multiple languages most spoken on site.
The project will pilot at the BMV M5 Oldbury viaduct site in Birmingham as a working example and then expanding to the M62 and M27 smart motorway projects with plans for further scaling post-project.
After the project, BAM Nuttall will have shown how augmented reality can be delivered through networked tablet devices to improve how site inductions are delivered through learning approach, reductions in time and increased engagement from learners. They will have developed a product that can deliver this which will be available for industry to use.
InnovationFunding topic:Changing industry culture, Productivity and new ways of working, Learning resources, New qualifications and courses, Small employer support, Leadership and managementProject lead:National Federation of BuildersAmount awarded:£145,401Project summary:
This project will increase awareness and understanding amongst small employers of the importance of organisational resilience; develop the skills and capacity to implement it with five employers and develop an approach, which enables the effective implementation of organisational resilience across the sector, which can be sustained beyond the life of this project.
The project will develop learning materials and toolkits to BS6500 standards, and pilot these in the sector.
After the project, the gap analysis tool will be freely available for organisations to map their resilience and identify training tools to address the gaps. The project will have piloted organisations adopting the 'BeResilient' framework and will share its learning on best practice in doing so.
- Building Mental Health
InnovationFunding topic:Changing industry culture, Small employer support, Leadership and managementProject lead:Laing O'RourkeAmount awarded:£1,000,000Project summary:
The project will increase the awareness of mental health within the construction sector by training 288 Mental Health first Aid practitioners (instructors) who in turn will train two-day mental health First Aiders within the sector.
The project will establish a strong framework of instructors and mental health first aiders that will help tackle this increasing issue within the construction sector. In addition the programme will see attitudes to first aid improve and the stigma reduce and workers being able to discuss their mental health.
- Elevating tunnelling and underground construction skills training through immersive technologies (Immersive learning)
InnovationFunding topic:Digital and new technology, Learning resources, Sectors and rolesProject lead:TunnelSkillsAmount awarded:£249,000Project summary:
The project will address challenges of sufficiently simulating or recreating the tunnelling environment for workers, to develop the behaviours and competencies required to work in such environments. It will do this by developing a range of immersive modules and assets.
Modules and resources will give stakeholders a realistic, consistent and safe environment replicating tunnelling sites and machinery. They will be embedded across a broad range of qualifications and courses associated with tunnelling, delivered to over 1,200 beneficiaries and made freely available to the sector.
After the project, a range of immersive learning teaching resources will be available such as 360 degree film, digital models. Those in tunnelling roles will have received impactful VR learning experiences and resources will be adopted by the tunnelling sector to embed into existing training and qualifications.