Guidance

Productivity challenge 1: Addressing skills deficiencies in the offsite construction sector

This challenge focuses on addressing specific skills problems associated with technological developments which may prevent the offsite construction sector from realising its growth potential.

Documents

UK Futures Programme: off-site construction competition brief

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Details

The ‘UK Futures Programme: off-site construction competition brief’ is the original competition brief to which these projects responded.

Projects

The projects have all successfully completed and the findings were launched at the Offsite Construction Show in October 2015.

Skanska

Developed a virtual employer-led off-site construction school – offering online training and a resource library

Edinburgh Napier University

Created a Scottish Off-site Hub to act as centre of expertise and also identify and address skills gaps for the sector.

Steel Construction Institute

Developed good practise guides for site supervisors to minimise mistakes and improve productivity.

Build Offsite

Expanded an online Comparator tool to evaluate & compare onsite and off-site solutions.

Laing O’Rourke

A Live learning project, learning lessons during the construction of Scottish Power new head office.

You can read more about the successful projects in our offsite construction press release.

What works

The outputs and results of the projects are available in the brochure A 10-year programme: Developing offsite construction skills for the challenges ahead. This also looks at how the sector can take forward the developments to date.

The offsite construction independent evaluation report draws out findings and lessons from this Productivity Challenge, including how other sectors should respond to skill deficiencies.

The Edinburgh Napier Offsite Hub case study takes an in depth look at one project and provides further illustration of the overall lessons and findings.

The Offsite Management School case study report takes an in depth look at one project and provides further illustration of the overall lessons and findings.

Our thematic report on collaboration brings together lessons from this Productivity Challenge and others. This includes identifying factors which enable employers to work together effectively.

Our thematic report on supply chains brings together lessons from this Productivity Challenge and others. It looks at a particular type of collaboration, that which occurs through supply chains and networked organisations to promote workforce development.

Other Productivity Challenges

Our introduction page provides information on the other Productivity Challenges.

Published 30 April 2014
Last updated 18 November 2015 + show all updates
  1. Updated page content and added "what works" section to reflect project progress.
  2. First published.