THE CONSTRUCTION Industry Training Board (CITB) is inviting businesses in Nottinghamshire and East Midlands to learn more about a £1million funding opportunity.
The Board wants to show construction leaders how digital technologies can drive greater efficiency and productivity, and will fund East Midlands companies in any sector with the know-how to share their knowledge.
Nathaniel Cooke, CITB Assistant Funding Manager, will explain the opportunities available at the CITB’s upcoming Digital Upskilling Commission information event at Kelham Hall, near Newark, on 24 April.
He said, “With the opening of the Advanced Manufacturing Building at Nottingham University, the East Midlands is fast becoming an industrial innovation hub, with the university already collaborating with major names in construction such as Laing O’Rourke.
“Projects must be applicable to construction employers, because whether you’re a local software developer, civil engineer, retailer, technology research group, or a healthcare provider using data to improve patient care, construction needs to see the benefits of digital in its own industry and others, as to why using technology goes way beyond simply investing to save.
“We’re calling for firms and educational institutions in Nottinghamshire and the East Midlands to show construction leaders, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises, the transformative benefits of digital, as the industry cannot afford to lag behind other sectors and lose business to innovating competitors.”
Bids are invited from organisations already seeing transformative benefits through technologies that can include cloud computing or collaborative working online; data analytics; building information modelling (BIM); innovative social media use; mobile and tablet apps to share data, and more.
The scheme will fund a range of partnerships where local digital experts work with construction companies to outline how their company has benefited, build on existing knowledge, and develop sustainable, scalable applications of digital technology to construction that can be widely adopted within the industry.
The deadline for submitting expressions of interest is 18 June 2019.