Through City of Glasgow College’s Industry Academy and City Learning 4.0 Models, an opportunity arose to lead a consortium of educators, industrialists and designers to address skills gaps within the construction industry.

Following an award from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), the College are in the process of developing a sector-leading blended learning programme and has published an applied research publication.

The project team have closely listened to the needs of construction employers and key educators throughout the ideation and duration of the project to date, with research and design thinking principles used to inform the development. As a result, module topics have been hand selected by industry to reflect current and future skills and knowledge gaps across construction specific and more generic subject areas. These modules have been designed to ensure that the project deliverables are fit for purpose, high-quality and responsive to ever-changing sector needs, and the funded project continues to have an iterative, longitudinal research model embedded throughout all project areas.

The project maximises return on investment through the principles of economies of scale associated with blended learning solutions. A key challenge for education providers is producing bespoke fit-for-purpose training solutions that meet the needs of the industry at the point of need. The design of this project ensures the development of a self-study educational programme that combines best practice from industry and academia with a view to ensuring the needs of project stakeholders and beneficiaries are sufficiently met. By building on existing professional networks, project will foster better links and establish a model for effective collaboration beyond its own lifespan.

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