About BEST

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BEST is supported by the European Social Fund, through the Welsh Government to deliver training until July 2015. Cardiff University’s Welsh School of Architecture is the lead sponsor, working in collaboration with: the Building Futures Group, Constructing Excellence Wales, CITB-ConstructionSkills, the Energy Saving Trust, Proskills, and Summit Skills. Uniting this range of key stakeholders with responsibilities for the skills of the energy, waste, water and built environment sectors, the BEST Programme is creating a 10-year strategy and training delivery roadmap which will better equip businesses, employees and training providers in Wales through the provision of new and innovative training courses.

Objectives – An overview

  • Work across key theme areas of: Waste, Water, Construction, Existing Build and Energy. Training will fall into the overarching categories of ‘Design and Plan’, ‘Build’ and ‘Manage and Use’.
  • Enable skills development and progression within the Built Environment (BE) sector (from typical level 2 craft skills/ qualifications towards aspirational level 3 and above, including professional levels).
  • Work with key stakeholders to ensure that the strategy, courses and skills delivered are in line with both short & long term skills gaps and shortages.

Phase 1

Produce Skills Needs Analysis, Skills Strategy and Delivery Plan, which outlines the type, quantity and levels of courses and qualifications to be delivered to meet the current, medium and long term future needs of the Welsh Built Environment Sector.

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Phase 2

Develop and deliver training courses, in alignment with the training and education priorities identified by the above reports.

BEST aims to leave a lasting legacy on the training and up-skilling of the existing workforce in the Welsh Built Environment sector, not least through its 10-year strategy, but also through commissioning new pilot training courses. These courses are likely to set Wales apart and create a precedent for their development in neighbouring nations.

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Who can I contact to find out more? The Programme Management Office – best@cf.ac.uk

Telephone: 029 2087 0990