New High-Skilled Jobs in the UK with Construction Training Transformations and New Building Techniques.

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A recent government publications from Innovate UK and UK Research and Innovation has suggested that following a £72 million injection into the ‘Core Innovation Hub’, new jobs and high skilled positions in the construction industry will be promoted. In this project, research and development in alternative manufacturing methods such as digital modelling and offsite manufacturing will be promoted to advance knowledge and encourage new approached to construction methods, resulting in new jobs in additional construction industries.

Construction Safety

This diversification of the UK Construction industry is intended to introduce more standardised, modular, components and process’ to the constriction industry that will remove a number of construction health and safety risks and increase construction efficiency.

With these emerging technologies and the alternative skill sets that will be required by construction training, the government hopes to solve issues around unemployment, and access to opportunities for people with disabilities.

CPCS Training

In light of these new advances in Virtual Reality construction and the wide-spread engagement with, and adoption of, modular building using off-site construction methods, it is likely that CPCS Training and CPCS Card attainment will change to reflect the ways that construction plants will operate in the future. Indeed, the CPCS Management Committee continually amend and review the CPCS Training scheme when health issues, technological advances and new plant types are introduced and adopted in the UK.

Specific Goals

Innovate UK and UK Research and Innovation cite long training process’ and an ageing construction workforce in the building trade as threats to the continued applicability of British constriction. This new project aims to make construction training more attractive and easier for younger generations.

Health and Safety concerns can also be remedied by this approach where construction design can be formulated in 3d modelling software and components can be manufactured in factories. This increases precision, reduces waste, allows a unified freedom of design in construction and can be designed to remove dangerous arduous tasks such as working at height.

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Retraining Construction Industries

New construction methods are touted as being incredibly simple when compared to traditional methods of construction. Here, a couple of weeks are considered enough time to learn the assembly process and can allow for a wider and more diverse range of people to enter the construction industry.

Sam Stacey, Challenge Director, UK Research and Innovation, said:

“We need to transform construction so that we can create affordable places to live and work that are safer, healthier and use less energy.”

“By taking a lead in the UK, we can increase our ability to export. Global demand for efficient buildings is rising rapidly, driven by the pressures of urbanisation, affordability and the need to cut emissions.”

Virtual Reality Construction to revolutionise Construction Training and Construction Design?

The Core Innovation Hub will intend to support and develop the use of digital design, advanced manufacturing, robotics, droned and augmented and virtual reality. This is to emulate the developments that has happened in other sectors of the economy including the automotive sector, with an aim to make construction faster, cheaper and more sustainable. The development of these technologies will also promote the implementation of smart sensors and digital systems in buildings.

During a visit to the Building Research Establishment (a funding recipient of the Core Innovation Hub), Business and Industry Minister Richard Harrington said:

“We have the opportunity to revolutionise construction in the UK and the Core Innovation Hub will help us build smarter, greener and more efficient buildings much faster and cheaper than we do now.”

“From the introduction of virtual reality to off-site manufacturing, our modern Industrial Strategy, is helping the UK construction sector to develop new techniques and skills – modernising the sector and delivering the homes and buildings our nation needs.”

Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury Robert Jenrick said:

“Our manufacturing industry is vital to the UK, contributing billions to the economy every year.”

“This new fund will see it partner with our construction and digital sectors to revolutionise the way we develop crucial infrastructure. It will enable us to build in more efficient and cost-effective ways, boost productivity and ensure we are fit for the future.”

Sources: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-high-skills-jobs-open-up-as-uk-construction-sector-transforms

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/virtual-reality-to-revolutionise-uks-construction-sector

https://innovateuk.blog.gov.uk/2018/12/06/uk-construction-sector-to-be-injected-with-big-dose-of-innovation/

https://www.citb.co.uk/cards-testing/construction-plant-competence-scheme-cpcs/about-scheme/

Is it Illegal to tow a trailer with Earthmoving Equipment?

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Towing a trailer on the back of heavy earthmoving equipment is a common sight on many sites in the UK. This includes towing attachments, generators, lighting towers and other required equipment. However, in new advice provided to JCB by the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA), the agency stated that the use of any earthmoving equipment to tow any trailer on the public highway is illegal, even when the only cargo is transport attachments.

This is important news in the Plant Operator industry because towing a trailer with attachments was previously understood to not be classified as “Engineering Plant” by the wider industry.

Following the news, JCB states that they plan on lobbying for a change to this legislation in their blog post here: https://www.jcb.com/en-gb/news/2017/09/uk-legislation-on-towing-a-trailer-with-earthmoving-equipment

They cite in this post that their main point of contention is that is is legal to tow a trailer with attachments behind a car or van, but not a 11.5 tonne excavator which is speed limited! They also state that they will be be working with their engineering devision to find solutions that allows attachments to be carried on-board their excavators and other large machinery.