We are pleased to announce our role as the ‘hub’ for the new Advanced Construction Training (ACT) project, funded by the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) ‘Digital Skills in Construction’ project.
Working with local and regional ‘spoke’ colleges Cheshire College South & West, Reaseheath College, Macclesfield College and UTC Warrington, the ACT will drive collaboration between colleges and employers to develop, commercialise and promote digital technologies and skills training for construction, nuclear and allied industries. The ACT will aim to assist the construction industry to build high quality, smart, green and efficient building infrastructures, faster, cheaper and more sustainably than ever before.
The ACT will stimulate digital innovation in the construction industry and will train and upskill the workforce to build homes, workplaces and infrastructures for Cheshire and Warrington. With a strategic focus on digital skills, alongside traditional construction methods, the ACT will support the construction industry’s need to increase the number of apprenticeship starts.
In addition to the partner colleges and employers, the ACT will be accessible to other training providers and schools across Cheshire and Warrington.
The project will be centered on developing BIM, Solid Works, Auto Cad, Tekla and other digitalised systems to support growth in the construction, nuclear and allied industries and the need for digitally-skilled structural engineers and surveyors based with large employers.
The project will support the practical and commercial challenges faced by construction companies and support them to adopt digital and automated/ robotic construction techniques at pace, for example, augmented and virtual reality, digital scanning of land and mass production through digital routers.
The target is to build 127,000 additional homes by 2040, with planned development including £1 billion in non-housing construction and £753 million in new housing. Each local authority has ambitious targets to meet to deliver affordable housing to enable communities to grow and prosper. Digitalised building techniques will assist in the delivery of greater number of affordable homes, with reduced costs per unit as well as potential benefits from wider engagement with local suppliers who have been able to upskill through the ACT.