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HCI Skills Gateway Launches Regional Survey into Construction & Engineering Skills Gaps

Posted: 23rd November 2020

The Housing, Construction & Infrastructure Skills Gateway, part of the Edinburgh and South-East Scotland City Region Deal, is launching a regional survey to uncover the future training and development needs for construction and engineering across Edinburgh and the south-east region of Scotland.

Four further education colleges – Borders College, Edinburgh College, Fife College and West Lothian College – are uniting to undertake this major needs analysis to address industry needs and highlight barriers to accessible training.

The findings will enable the colleges to respond and adapt the courses they offer to ensure companies can upskill their current workforce and ensure that new recruits have the knowledge and understanding to thrive in 21st century built environment careers.

The survey, available at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BCskillsReview, is now live and closes on 4 December. Those responding to the short, 4-minute, survey can be entered into a prize draw to win a £50 Amazon voucher. The winner will be announced on 9 December.

According to David Lowe, Assistant Principal at Borders College:

“This is a great opportunity for the industry to help colleges in the South East of Scotland support the future skills needs of our region over the coming years. By completing the survey you can help us to identify any gap areas and CPD needs, whether that be specific upskilling or delivery of short courses.”

The Housing, Construction & Infrastructure Skills Gateway is based at Edinburgh Napier University and has £6 million in funding over eight years from the UK and Scottish Government to upskill and accelerate construction careers, addressing skills gaps across the sector and region.

To find out more about HCI Skills Gateway, contact Kirsty Connell-Skinner, HCI Skills Gateway Project Manager, at k.connell-skinner@napier.ac.uk

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