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Addressing Change in Built Environment Higher Education Provision. Current and emerging industry situations – issues and challenges David Cracknell CIC Director of Skills & Lifelong Learning. Background. Construction Industry Council (CIC) - industry professional forum body

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addressing change in built environment higher education provision
Addressing Change in Built Environment Higher Education Provision

Current and emerging industry situations – issues and challenges

David Cracknell

CIC Director of Skills & Lifelong Learning

background
Background
  • Construction Industry Council (CIC)

- industry professional forum body

  • Sector Skills Councils

- industry skills facilitation

  • CIC Built Environment HE Forum

- industry - HE/FE dialogue

  • Industrial Strategy for Construction

- Skills and Capacity work stream

recruitment issues
Recruitment issues
  • Construction output only +0.9% pa 2013-17
  • Sector employment -8% over the recession
  • P, M & T ARR only 5,000 pa 2013-17
  • Graduate unemployment
  • Problems of predicting demand and supply
  • Sector of last resort rather than of choice?
  • Un-coordinated recruitment by SSCs, HE/FE, professional bodies and employers
education provision issues
Education provision issues
  • Complex qual.frameworks & funding
  • Inconsistent qualification qa & independent development, purpose, & assessment
  • Student fees and course economic viability
  • Specialist needs – small numbers
  • Who drives the curriculum – regulators, industry, market, professions, providers?
  • Right skills, right place, right time
competence and employability issues
Competence and employability issues
  • Can clients have confidence in the current competence of industry practitioners?
  • Myriad industry card schemes, PIs & quals.
  • HEFCE graduate ‘employability statements’
  • Competence benchmarks & qualifications as the 'Gold Standard‘?
  • Competence a journey (now with rapid direction changes)
entry and career progression issues
Entry and career progression issues
  • Quality of entrants – secondary curriculum
  • Unclear entry routes & un-coordinated frameworks & progression to higher levels
  • Role of Apprenticeships – particularly Higher & Graduate Apprenticeships?
  • Learning versus competence quals. or

learning with competence quals.?

  • Where does learning best take place?
changing skills needs issues
Changing skills needs issues
  • Policy, procedural & technological change
  • Reliance on piecemeal & un-co-ordinated approaches to meeting future skills needs
  • Time required for realising industry entrant development needs & providers to respond
  • How do we enable the existing workforce to change?
  • CPD – importance – structure - provision
green agenda issues
‘Green’ agenda issues
  • Green Construction Board: Low Carbon Routemap – targets, policies, funding, plans
  • Climate change/ Environmental impact
  • Changed emphasis from short term ‘capital’ to ‘whole-life’; from new build to R & M
  • Sustainable communities
  • What does it mean for practice/ skills?
  • Professional decision making – influence
building information modelling issues
Building Information Modelling issues
  • Govt. 2016 BIM target – CIC & Task Groups
  • Focus (both building & infrastructure) on:

- client’s stage by stage decision making

- integrated cross-discipline work & models

- managing information in greater depth

- project whole life & asset management

  • A new approach to how the industry works –a cycle no longer a linear project?
other industry skills issues
Other industry skills issues
  • Industry/ employer / education engagement
  • Fundamentally addressing diversity record
  • Industry / professional accreditation
  • Professional body priorities:

1 BIM;

2 cross-disciplinary BE prof. development;

3 respond to nat. ed. policy, apprenticeships, leadership, un-coordinated initiatives by providers)

cross disciplinary working issues
Cross-disciplinary working issues
  • Change in work patterns from occupational specific to more flexible functional skills focused operations
  • BIM, whole-life & procurement influence
  • Educating in traditional discipline ‘silos’ -uneconomic & unrealistic?
  • Should education be more cross-discipline, is it holding the industry back?
industry support and guidance
Industry support and guidance
  • Labour Market Information http://www.citb.co.uk – research - CSN
  • National Occupational Standards for BE Professional, Managerial & Technical Roles
  • Guidance on curriculum development, CPD, accreditation, careers progression & professional development
  • http://www.cic.org.uk – services – National Occupational Standards & other publications
shared core values and industry academia dialogue
Shared core values and industry – academia dialogue
  • Built Environment Statement of Core Values:

- commonality of focus underpinning education provision &professional practice

- relates to: nature of the sector; education provision &personal development; ethical practice

  • CIC Built Environment HE Forum

- Implementation Group