9 MAR 2018
Harnessing the creative energy of tech savvy youth into productive careers in the built environment will help us deliver the industrial transformation that society urgently requires to tackle issues related to the economy, environment and social mobility.
In the week of International Women's Day, and during National Apprenticeship Week, it is crucial we celebrate the contributions of apprentices and women to our profession. The pivotal role that diversity and inclusion bring should be recognised and be of continued relevance to our industry.
Innovation and the adoption of more advanced technologies will reduce the labour intensity of building processes, freeing up capacity to focus on higher value-added activities promoting sustainability, standardisation and enhanced public-private collaboration. Meanwhile, workforce development will by definition become a natural extension of education, rather than a siloed resource.
A Fourth Industrial Revolution is already upon us, disrupting almost every industry globally. This challenge is an historic opportunity to improve the standard of living for people around the world, if it remains accessible for all. Bridging the skills gap will require strategic, multi-disciplinary thinking that ultimately puts people first.