What the always possible team have been doing recently to support builders, architects and designers to create the world we need
To have the towns, cities and villages we need for the 21st century and beyond, we have to be radical in our thinking.
always possible has supported the UK’s urban warriors to push boundaries and build ideas since 2014.
As part of our extensive work with Skills East Sussex, we have facilitated or chaired a number of taskgroups for the construction sector in the south east. From procurement to messaging, we have helped to develop a shared language between big contractors, SMEs, universities, local authorities and the training sector. These collaborations have resulted in over £1.2m of investment into new models of training and skills development with employers at the heart.
We are excited about early-stage conversation with ground-breaking architects Alter & Co about how to rethink public consultation. We’re also in dialogue the forthcoming Design Brighton. This is a brand new festival of the urban environment that places civil design at the heart of community, place-making, education and economic growth.
In 2017, we delivered a piece of research for Rother District Council about creative workspace and the economic impact of investment in a small seaside town like Bexhill-on-Sea. Is it a case of build it and they will come? Or create a community first, and the high growth businesses will follow? It depends on so many factors. What is clear, is that a deep understanding of the people in a place will answer more questions about where to invest that simply looking at economic data.
Workspace, wherever it is, needs to respond to changing demands.
Through our partnership with The Sussex Council of Training Providers, on behalf of the Association of Colleges and The Education & Training Foundation, we are driving a new conversation about dual professionalism in the construction sector (industry teachers and teachers in industry).
Providing enough skilled people to fill job vacancies is getting critically hard. Vocational skills/apprenticeship providers can find it a challenge to keep up with emerging technologies and changing needs in business. The post-Brexit landscape will also throw up a number of new hurdles.
We’ve designed, and are delivering, a range of free, informal and practical workshops. They will explore how construction businesses of all sizes can work more closely with training providers to develop apprenticeships, full-time vocational courses and T-Levels.
There are real barriers to this – time, cost, lack of shared language. We will be looking in detail at how we might overcome these. We will look at how industry managers can develop their own training and mentoring skills in order to better recruit, support and develop junior staff. And we will look at how teaching staff can update their knowledge, so that courses and qualifications are more relevant. For more information on these free courses, click here.
A few weeks ago, our CEO Richard, was a guest speaker at the Sussex Construction Business Forum. always possible associate, Carolyn, will be representing us at the Brighton Construction Voice conference this month.
On the 20th November, Richard will also be chairing the Brighton Big Debate about CSR and social value. Many issues of procurement, Section 106 requirements and the Social Value Charter will be discussed. Book your free tickets here.
Listen to our interview with The Starr Trust’s Darren Abrahams, in which he discusses how this tiny children’s charity won one of the biggest construction development contracts on the south coast.
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