Building for the future, ColegauCymru helps construction leaders become ProjectZero experts
Next week, ColegauCymru will lead 22 senior construction managers and lecturers from FE colleges in Wales on a visit to Denmark with the aim of learning more about energy efficient buildings. The visit will provide an opportunity to learn from ProjectZero, an innovative approach to creating and maintaining sustainable buildings with a real emphasis on the retrofitting of older buildings – a key area for development in Wales. The visit will enable colleges to support learners and existing companies to comply with current and future developments in building regulations and techniques.
This CPD opportunity is funded by the Sector Priority Programme (SPP) and supports the aims of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 to make Wales a better place to live in now and for people in the future.
ColegauCymru working with colleges is committed to international benchmarking through collaborating with their European partners. The project will ensure that the sector continues to learn from others and that the skills taught in Wales are fit for purpose.
Sian Holleran, ColegauCymru’s International Coordinator who is accompanying the group said, “This is an ideal opportunity to delve deeper into how we ensure our buildings are fit for today and for the future. We look forward to further collaboration with EUC Syd, our host in Denmark, and are enthusiastic about creating this opportunity for our construction managers and lecturers to develop a network of sustainable build expertise across Wales.”
Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner for Wales said: “Ensuring the decisions we take in Wales are fit for future generations means that we must embrace opportunities to learn from countries who are leading the way.
“Further Education plays a crucial role in making sure people entering future employment have the skills, knowledge and ideas to be able to lead the way on sustainable construction practices in Wales.“
Following this visit, the aim will be for a group of construction teaching staff to attend the Bright Green Engineering Seminar in Denmark in Spring 2019, to continue to build on the knowledge gained from next week’s visit and to positively influence the curriculum for sustainable building in Wales.
As the charity representing all further education colleges and their work-based learning providers in Wales, ColegauCymru is committed to developing new and strengthening existing partnerships overseas. Sian concluded, “We are excited to be able to offer these CPD opportunities to FE staff and look forward to seeing the impact it has on learning.”