Institute of Technology report sets environmental goals

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A new report highlights the technical skills that are needed to achieve the North East’s green ambitions.

Research alongside the Institutes of Technology report also shows the scale of the region’s demand for sustainable living, with the majority believing a house is worth more money if it is built sustainably.

The report, titled ‘Skills for Success’, examines a range of challenges, including sustainable construction and energy, and highlights that a workforce with the right technical skills is needed to make them a reality. For example, waste is a major problem in the construction industry, generating around three-fifths of total waste in the UK in 2018.

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Modern construction methods such as BIM (Building Information Modeling) can make the process more efficient because much of the planning and preparation work can be done digitally, but more workers with the skills to use and read the equipment are needed. Additionally, employment in the wind industry is expected to increase by 170% by 2026. A talent pool with the skills to work with offshore wind energy technology is therefore needed.

Further research shows a clear appetite for greener living – with the majority of people in the North East now using electricity (79%) and gas (80%) if cost weren’t a factor , 54% would opt for renewable energy sources. Additionally, Northeast residents would rather have good insulation (45%) in their next home than lots of built-in storage (43%) or entertaining space (21%).

The North East Institute of Technology (NEIoT) is part of a new national network of regional partnerships between local colleges, universities and major employers across England, created to ensure that the technical skills and knowledge needed to overcome the greatest challenges facing communities are accessible to all. .

IoT provides training in STEM-based professions, many of which meet the sustainability demands the country faces, such as in the energy, construction, and agritech industries. Their work increases the accessibility of vital expertise for employers looking to embrace innovation.

Mark Anderson, Chief Strategy Officer of the North East Institute of Technology, says: “The work we do across the network is critical to meeting the growing demand for sustainability in the region and the country. By working closely with employers in our region to train their workforce and future workforce for the industry needs of today and tomorrow, we can be training pioneers key forces of change such as sustainable building methods and efficient energy sources. We are able to support the industry in its efforts to meet consumer and business demands. »

Michelle Donelan, Minister for Higher and Further Education, said: “Institutes of Technology not only play a vital role in helping to fill skills gaps in key sectors such as sustainable construction, but more importantly, they provide people with high-quality technical training that leads to good jobs, helping to expand opportunities across the country.

“The need to support sectors such as advanced manufacturing and engineering, construction and digital appearance will only grow and with their close links to employers, the Institutes of Technology will be the driving force to ensure that the workforce is ready for future changes in technology and evolving work practices.”

As well as covering energy, construction and skills, the report also examines challenges related to cybersecurity, electric vehicles and agriculture.

Full report on bit.ly/neiotreport

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