What challenges for vocational education and training for low energy construction (VET4LEC)?
Wednesday 3 July 2013, 4pm to 6.30/7.00pm
For further information and to book a place, please contact:
Linda Clarke: [email protected] or 020350 66528
It is nearly three years since ProBE organised a seminar on the theme of vocational education and training for low energy construction (VET4LEC) and in the meantime the issues involved have become that much more urgent. Whist the gap between the energy design and performance of building envelopes is well documented, questions related to the knowledge, competence and skills of the workforce – to which it is largely attributable – are hardly addressed in a fundamental way. UK construction is a multi-layered industry with different types of work and different levels of VET, often for nominally the same vocational areas, and where a number of envelope construction roles have no formal VET requirements. The seminar will explore the relationship between VET and the achievement of low carbon targets, in particular the possibility of a more comprehensive system to improve energy performance. It has been organized to identify the professional and operative VET and skill requirements and barriers to establishing mass build, low energy construction with the help and active participation of various industry stakeholders concerned with design communication, contractual relations, site management and operative skills. The underlying objective is to consider how to make a paradigm shift in the conception of "green buildings" - from niche market to industry standard.
The speakers are:
Fran Bradshaw, senior partner in Anne Thorne Architects and expert on PassivHaus design and construction
Colin Gleeson and Linda Clarke, University of Westminster discussing the distance between technical specification and on-site implementation
Mike Hammond, SummitSkills, on the radical changes required to the existing British VET system
Tim Fenn, on the practical application of low-energy specification and training provision in small building firms
Coffee/tea will be available from 3.45pm and the seminar will begin at 4pm and run until 6.30pm, followed by drinks and snacks and a chance to chat.
ProBE is a joint research centre between the Westminster Business School (WBS) and the School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), one committed to the development of a rich programme of research and related activities, including projects, oral history, film, exhibitions, and seminars. ProBE provides a research hub, a forum for debate and discussion, and a focus for interdisciplinary and international activity related to the production of the built environment, as a social process, and its members have long experience of research on VET in the construction industry in Britain and abroad.