Last edited 28 Feb 2016

Skillsplanner

SkillsPlanner Logo - 5cm 300dpi.jpgSkillsPlanner is a two-year, £1.3m research and development programme aimed at creating a data-powered solution to resolve UK construction skills shortages by better matching of future skills needs and industry capacity to deliver those skills. It was formally launched at the Institution of Civil Engineers in London on 24 February 2016.

It is funded by Innovate UK and its project partners - Ethos, Association of Colleges, Camden, Islington and Westminster councils, GoodPeople, Seme4, Tideway, and University of Plymouth - and is initially focused on the London construction sector with an intention to develop and grow across the UK.

SkillsPlanner will be a live, accessible and user-friendly data platform that aims to make ‘real timeskills data visible to multiple stakeholders. It will be based on a cutting edge Linked and Open Data platform that can aggregate, integrate and analyse skills data from a variety of sources to provide a valuable ’real time’ picture of the skills landscape, mapping industry demand against current training provision.

The long-term aim is that SkillsPlanner will enable the construction industry, known for its fragmented approach to skills planning, to become more collaborative, connected and efficient. The ambition is to enable the transformation of skills provision to meet employer needs and thus reduce industry skills gaps. Providing a response to the regional recommendations captured within research such as ‘Skills to Build’ (London Chamber of Commerce & Industry/KPMG, 2014), and national ambition such as the National Infrastructure Plan for Skills, the ultimate objectives of SkillsPlanner are that it will:

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