A Bright Tech Future Shaped by Next Generation

Kristina Jakimova
Faithful+Gould together with Atkins joined forces with Efficiency North’s EN:Able Futures to deliver one of a series of seminars showcasing the new emerging technologies and innovation in the construction market for the next generation apprentices at the remarkable Kirkstall Forge which was developed by Efficiency North's partner CEG.

The construction industry has been struck by many challenges in recent years. The skills shortage gap is one of the most sensitive topics, along with ‘Digital Disruption’, which seems to be moving at a rapid pace and the industry is struggling to match it. Interestingly, these two challenges are dependent on one another and by reducing the shortage gap we can ensure we catch up with the speed of technology. As a company, Faithful+Gould is fully committed to inspire the young generations and break the cycle of decreasing numbers in newly qualified Building Surveyors and Quantity Surveyors by continuingly developing our own apprenticeship scheme, and working closely with numerous institutions, sharing our knowledge and expertise with them. In fact, Faithful+Gould has recently partnered with CEG on their Forging Futures initiative, which is designed to upskill the young people in the region as well as develop their employability skills.

"We are thrilled to continue supporting the construction skills agenda through sharing our digital technology expertise and knowledge with the next generation at this seminar."

Debbie Lewis, Faithful+Gould Regional Director and Regional RICS Board Member

Debbie Lewis, Regional Director and Regional RICS Board Member commented "We are currently working with, and supporting EN:Able Futures on a number of initiatives and have undertaken to develop one of their apprentices signed up to the scheme, Tom Spencer, who has been with us for a year now. We are thrilled to continue supporting the construction skills agenda through sharing our digital technology expertise and knowledge with the next generation at this seminar.

Faithful+Gould has developed and used numerous digital technologies to maximise the value of our work whilst minimising the challenges. In this seminar, we discussed and demonstrated the breakthrough in technologies and how this has positively impacted and accelerated the construction industry."

In this seminar, Degree Apprentice Harry Strafford showcased the Matterport Camera, a 3D camera system used to create an immersive and realistic virtual tour of a chosen location which also captures imagery, the measurements and other data that helps to determine the course of action.

Harry shared his experience and discussed what benefits and challenges he had to overcome when using the Matterport Camera on the Temple Works site. Being an apprentice himself, Harry was not only able to demonstrate the expertise and skillset he’s gained and developed over the last two years with Faithful+Gould, but also share his experience with the peers who are starting their learning journey.

"Engaging and inspiring others to get involved with the construction industry and the technologies we utilise is a fantastic feeling.”

Harry Strafford, Faithful+Gould Degree Apprentice Building Surveyor

“As an apprentice being the leading person with the Matterport 3D camera is a fantastic experience as I am working with a new technology that is enhancing the business and the services we are able to provide. Furthermore, having the opportunity to not only demonstrate this technology, but to present it to a group of apprentices that are newer to the industry than myself is a brilliant experience. Engaging and inspiring others to get involved with the construction industry and the technologies we utilise is a fantastic feeling.”

In addition to showcasing the Matterport camera, Kristopher Clapson, Architect from Atkins also demonstrated the Virtual Reality technology, showing how to use the equipment to map out the room and gave the apprentices the opportunity to do a virtual walkthrough of a live project, highlighting how this software is linked to BIM and its associated benefits.

As part of our investment in inspiring the next generation in the construction industry, being able to support such organisations as Efficiency North providing young people with opportunities to enter the industry and identify a career path best suited to their skills, is a great way to support the construction skills agenda at a regional level, and an approach that Faithful+Gould will continue to champion throughout our supply chains.

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