How apprenticeships can upskill your workforce for the future

Apprenticeships can be the solution to the built environment's growing skills gap. Here's how. As the built environment grapples with top-level challenges like climate change, population growth and economic uncertainty,…

7 sustainability skills every built environment professional needs

With environmental, social, and governance (ESG) regulations tightening and penalties set to rise, businesses across the UK are in a race against time to decarbonise their operations by 2050. As…

Why sustainability can’t exist in silos

If you want your sustainability initiatives to have a meaningful impact, your organisation's environmental literacy can’t be siloed among individuals and departments. For modern businesses, sustainability is no longer a…

Diagnosing the green skills gap: what skills is the built environment missing?

The built environment is in dire need of sustainability talent. Here are 6 skills that can help close the growing green talent gap. The UK is in a race to…

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Principal Thoughts: The Hackitt Report and the Impact on the Built Environment

Welcome to the latest edition of Ashley Wheaton’s ‘Principal Thoughts’. In this edition, Ashley provides his insight into the likely implications of the Hackitt report and speaks with colleagues Jane…

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Q&A: As we’re nearing the end of National Apprenticeship Week, we asked one employer what they look for in an apprentice

The Built Environment sector is currently experiencing a critical skills shortage. When the recession hit in 2008, the sector lost around 140,000 jobs. But we need construction talent more than…

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Principal Thoughts: How are the delayed apprenticeship standards affecting the Built Environment skills crisis?

Welcome to the latest edition of Ashley Wheaton’s ‘Principal Thoughts’. This time, Ashley looks at the impact the apprenticeship standards hold-up is having on the Built Environment skills pipeline –…

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Yes, we need a major increase in degree apprenticeships – but is it enough to solve the UK’s worsening skills crisis?

Guest blog by Stephen Bartle, Director Commercial and Business Development, University College of Estate Management Last week – as reported in The Independent - Chairman of the Education Select Committee,…

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Principal Thoughts: What does 2018 hold for the Built Environment? Certainly more advances in technology – but, hopefully, more and better talent.

Welcome to the latest edition of Ashley Wheaton’s ‘Principal Thoughts’. This time, Ashley looks at how it’s becoming ever more apparent that the current levels of training and education for…

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Guest blog: As property pay rises, the gender pay gap widens further – a look at inequality in the Built Environment

Cathy Higgs at University College of Estate Management Salaries for UK property professionals have remained robust in 2017, with sector pay rises up 7.2 per cent overall – however, worryingly,…

Ashley Wheaton UCEM Principal

Principal Thoughts: Is the skills crisis sitting on a Brexit-shaped time bomb?

Why it’s more imperative than ever to address the Built Environment talent gap Welcome to the latest edition of Ashley Wheaton’s ‘Principal Thoughts’. This time, Ashley looks at the worsening…

Ashley Wheaton UCEM Principal

Principal Thoughts – June

Can the future of learning be vocational? Why the UK education system needs to change from the bottom up Welcome to the latest edition of Ashley Wheaton’s ‘Principal Thoughts’. This…