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Network - Pedagogy and Upskilling Network (PUN)

The Pedagogy and Upskilling Network bid proposes to contribute to the work of the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) by exploring and addressing the research questions around how we create and support a digitally enabled, agile, effective and ultimately productive workforce.

To capture the transformational requirements for future Built Environment professionals, a flexible and integrated competency approach will be investigated. Developing a competency approach to both professional upskilling and pedagogy has the following advantages:

  1. Enabling the competency, if defined properly, to be cascaded down across any built environment course, while showing the relationship with the accreditation requirements;
  2. Facilitating the identification of shared sets of competencies across multiple built environment courses;
  3. Enabling the comparison, if appropriate tools are implemented, between what the HE systems offer, and what the markets require for different professional roles;
  4. Providing the potential for it to be used to definite a life-long learning journey for students, including micro learning opportunities.

In relation to upskilling, the network will initially explore the current bottlenecks to the Level 2 BIM process and the current industry adoption and implementation, which in turn, will serve to inform establishing required competencies by both academia and practitioners.

The pedagogical stream will consider the transformation required in education to make it fit for developing the capabilities that will be required by future professionals to build capacity and deliver and benefit from Digital Built Britain. Such a transformation in education will not be merely concerned with just digital technologies, but more fundamentally, with the cultural and interpersonal issues that are essential for enabling value through the use of those technologies.

The following long-term objectives/outcomes are proposed: 

  1. A comprehensive state-of-the-art critical review of built environment, engineering and architectural education in order to establish the existing landscape;
  2. Determine the current position and future vision in relation to other industry bodies that are fundamental in shaping the future of built environment education and training, e.g. professional institutes and their accreditation procedures, criteria, etc. aligned to facilitating digital transformation;
  3. Establish the bottlenecks in the adoption and implementation of Level 2 BIM within the industry in terms of both bottom up and top down;
  4. Determine the competencies and competency approaches to facilitate digital upskilling;
  5. Define the capacity gaps and propose a transitional roadmap for built environment, engineering and architectural education and upskilling to address the current digital skills gap and building capacity required for the UK to deliver and benefit from DBB.

The achievement of these objectives will serve to lay the foundations for a flexible and integrated competency approach that address the challenges of both siloed education, on the one hand, while dynamically evolving market requirements as a result of digital transformation and digitalisation, on the other hand.

Planned Events:

  • Workshop 1: Kick off and scope definition
  • Workshop 2: Educational and upskilling capability gap analysis
  • Workshop 2: Horizon setting and defining of a proposed transitional roadmap

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The Centre for Digital Built Britain is a partnership between the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and the University of Cambridge to deliver a smart digital economy for infrastructure and construction for the future and transform the UK construction industry’s approach to the way we plan, build, maintain and use our social and economic infrastructure.