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The BEST Conference: How do we grow sustainable talent for Wales

The BEST Conference: How do we grow sustainable talent for Wales

  on Wednesday, 22nd July, 2015 - 12:35 pm

The BEST conference ‘Growing the BEST Sustainable Talent for Wales’ was held at the Wales Millennium Centre on the morning of 2nd July 2015. Chaired by Chris Tweed, Head of School, Welsh School of Architecture and aimed at people with an inte... (read more)

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Conference looks at growing the BEST sustainable talent for Wales

Conference looks at growing the BEST sustainable talent for Wales

  on Wednesday, 3rd June, 2015 - 3:57 pm

People involved or interested in the built environment sector in Wales, issues of equality and diversity, or education and training, are being invited to a special conference in Cardiff next month. Growing the BEST Sustainable Talent for Wales, is a free, half-day conference, chaired by Professor... (read more)

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Welsh School of Architecture courses complete BEST’s training programme

Welsh School of Architecture courses complete BEST’s training programme

  on Thursday, 7th May, 2015 - 12:39 pm

The BEST programme is now offering its full list of sustainability focused training in Wales, aiming to put Wales at the forefront of sustainability expertise. Courses are being offered at various times and locations, including by distance learning and online. The training is being delivered by e... (read more)

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BEST launches new online sustainable architecture courses

BEST launches new online sustainable architecture courses

  on Thursday, 30th April, 2015 - 2:50 pm

The first of six sustainable architecture courses delivered by the Royal Society of Architects in Wales (RSAW) and the Welsh School of Architecture (WSA) has been launched as an online course. (read more)

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Our next business support event

Our next business support event

  on Thursday, 12th March, 2015 - 4:37 pm

Equality & Diversity and Environmental Sustainability for your business

Tuesday 24th March 2015, 9:30– 11:30am Orbit Business Centre, Rhydycar Business Park, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 1DL To register for free, please (read more)

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Equality & Diversity & Environmental Support for your business

Equality & Diversity & Environmental Support for your business

  on Thursday, 5th February, 2015 - 2:23 pm

Friday 27 February, 9.30am - 11.30am, Orbit Business Centre, Rhydycar Business Park, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 1DL Join Cardiff University’s BEST and SBED Programmes at our next business support event. This event will focus on support available to companies based in Wales’ conv... (read more)

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Briefing on Equality & Diversity within the built environment sector

Briefing on Equality & Diversity within the built environment sector

  on Thursday, 5th February, 2015 - 1:52 pm

Friday 20 February, 10am – 11.10am, Conference Centre, University of South Wales, Treforest Campus, Pontypridd CF37 1DL This briefing event is supported by the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES), the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (... (read more)

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New course: Air Tightness and Effective Moisture Management

New course: Air Tightness and Effective Moisture Management

  on Thursday, 29th January, 2015 - 3:53 pm

Do you know enough about the role air tightness testing plays in the construction sector? Do you need advice on the best way to meet ever-increasing air tightness standards? Designing and constructing buildings with better air infiltration is now vital, with legislation ensuring that new build... (read more)

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New course: Integrated Catchment Management

New course: Integrated Catchment Management

  on Thursday, 29th January, 2015 - 3:26 pm

Integrated Catchment Management (ICM) aims to deliver positive and sustained outcomes for the water environment by promoting a better understanding of the physical processes taking place at a range of spatial scales within whole catchment units. This is an exciting time for ICM as communities and po... (read more)

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Briefing on Equality and Diversity in housing supply chains

Briefing on Equality and Diversity in housing supply chains

  on Wednesday, 7th January, 2015 - 3:26 pm

Join Tai Pawb in partnership with BEST at our Equality & Diversity briefing event for Housing Associations. This Briefing outlines how the Cardiff University BEST Programme can provide your Supply Chain with free advice, guidance and training to support the delivery of equality and diversity by ... (read more)

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Free breakfast events focus on Equality & Diversity business practices & benefits to your business

Free breakfast events focus on Equality & Diversity business practices & benefits to your business

  on Wednesday, 7th January, 2015 - 2:50 pm

Join BEST, in partnership with the Energy Saving Trust, Constructing Excellence in Wales and the Institution of Civil Engineers at one of our free business breakfast events for companies working in the built environment sector. These events will focus on Equality and Diversity business practices ... (read more)

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Sustainability in the built environment

Sustainability in the built environment

  on Thursday, 4th December, 2014 - 3:57 pm

Are you interested in finding out more about sustainability in the built environment? BEST is piloting a free online short course to help you understand the factors important to sustainability, what they can mean to your business, and how considering the issues can lead to increased professional ... (read more)

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Our training gets underway

Our training gets underway

  on Wednesday, 19th November, 2014 - 3:08 pm

BEST training is now underway, and aims to put Wales at the forefront of sustainability expertise. Supported by the European Social Fund, through the Welsh Government, we offer flexible, fully subsidised training to develop knowledge and skills in the latest sustainability practices for  people ... (read more)

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Business breakfast event: Equality & Diversity support for your business

Business breakfast event: Equality & Diversity support for your business

  on Thursday, 13th November, 2014 - 2:23 pm

Friday 21 November, 8.30am - 11.00am Canolfan Maerdy, New Road, Tairgwaith, Ammanford SA18 1UP Join us at our free business breakfast event for companies working in the built environment sector. This event will focus on equality and diversity business practice... (read more)

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Project Five to deliver BEST BIM training

Project Five to deliver BEST BIM training

  on Wednesday, 5th November, 2014 - 11:35 am

Industry leading improvement consultants, Project Five Consulting, have been appointed training partner provider to deliver BEST's BIM training courses across Wales. Project Five will provide free building information modelling (BIM) training to individuals throughout Wales, specifically aimed at... (read more)

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New Sustainability training for architects courses

New Sustainability training for architects courses

  on Friday, 24th October, 2014 - 12:11 pm

October saw the launch of BEST’s Sustainability Training for Architects programme with the short course, ‘The Sustainability Jigsaw and how it affects you’. Workshops are being delivered at venues across Wales by the Royal Society of Architects in Wales (RSAW) and the Welsh School ... (read more)

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Zoe King answers some simple questions

Zoe King answers some simple questions

  on Friday, 24th October, 2014 - 10:46 am

In order to give people an insight into the people behind BEST, we’ve asked the programme management office team to answer some simple questions for a short online profile pieces, which we are posting each Friday. This week we are featuring Communications and Business Engagement Officer Zo... (read more)

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Nicky Getgood answers some simple questions

Nicky Getgood answers some simple questions

  on Friday, 17th October, 2014 - 9:13 am

In order to give people an insight into the people behind BEST, we’ve asked the programme management office team to answer some simple questions for a short online profile pieces, which we are posting each Friday. This week we are featuring E-learning Assistant Nicky Getgood: <... (read more)

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Energist UK at the Welsh School of Architecture

  on Tuesday, 14th October, 2014 - 12:39 pm

Energist UK are running a free, Part L 2014 CPD seminar at the Welsh School of Architecture on 29 October, 12.30pm – 2.15pm. Information will include domestic and non-domestic compliance and a live demo of the new SAP 2012 software. For further information contact Energist UK on 08458 386 387 ... (read more)

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Mark Connolly answers some simple questions

Mark Connolly answers some simple questions

  on Friday, 10th October, 2014 - 9:03 am

In order to give people an insight into the people behind BEST, we’ve asked the programme management office team to answer some simple questions for a short online profile pieces, which we are posting each Friday. This week we are featuring Executive Officer Mark Connolly: (read more)

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Dr Julie Gwilliam answers some simple questions

Dr Julie Gwilliam answers some simple questions

  on Friday, 3rd October, 2014 - 12:17 pm

In order to give people an insight into the people behind BEST, we’ve asked the programme management office team to answer some simple questions for a short online profile pieces, which we are posting each Friday. This week we are featuring BEST Programme Director Dr Julie Gwilliam:(read more)

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Training to support Planning for Community & Neighbourhood Scale Renewable Energy

  on Thursday, 2nd October, 2014 - 10:37 am

BEST is seeking a delivery partner (or consortia of partners) to develop and deliver a course which will provide training in the planning for community & neighbourhood scale renewable energy aimed at built environment professionals in Wales. The course will be designed to meet CQFW Level 4 and w... (read more)

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Lara Hopkinson answers some simple questions

Lara Hopkinson answers some simple questions

  on Friday, 26th September, 2014 - 9:58 am

In order to give an insight into the people behind BEST, we’ve asked the programme management office team to answer some simple questions for a short online profile piece. We will be posting their answers each Friday, starting today with our ESDGC Manager Lara Hopkinson: (read more)

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Can you deliver Construction Waste Management Training?

  on Wednesday, 24th September, 2014 - 9:32 am

Following research conducted in Wales to identify skills shortages in the built environment sector, the BEST Programme is seeking a Delivery Partner (or consortia of partners) to develop and deliver the following new training courses focusing on Construction Waste Management, aimed at built environm... (read more)

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August/September newsletter: out now

  on Thursday, 4th September, 2014 - 1:20 pm

The August/September newsletter issue is now out. Find out what the Programme Office has been up to over the summer, and what we look forward to in the coming months. (read more)

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Illman Young & EPG to deliver BEST SuDS and WSuDS training

Illman Young & EPG to deliver BEST SuDS and WSuDS training

  on Thursday, 4th September, 2014 - 12:49 pm

Leading landscape design consultants with specialist expertise in sustainable drainage systems will share their knowledge with professionals in Wales. Illman Young and the Environmental Protection Group (EPG) have been appointed by the BEST Programme to develop and deliver innovative accredited t... (read more)

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Talking Water – a new short film

Talking Water – a new short film

  on Thursday, 7th August, 2014 - 4:11 pm

‘We want the best people, designing the best water solutions in Wales’. Earlier this year, BEST Programme Director Julie Gwilliam sat down with Duncan McCombie, Director of Operations, Energy Saving Trust to talk about the training courses under development through the BEST programme for prof... (read more)

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Can you deliver Building Information Modelling (BIM) training in Wales?

  on Wednesday, 30th July, 2014 - 1:02 pm

The BEST programme is currently seeking a Delivery Partner (or consortia of partners) to develop and deliver 3 new training courses focusing on BIM, aimed at built environment professionals in Wales. These courses arise from research undertaken to produce the Skills and Training Needs Analyses fo... (read more)

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Are you creative?

  on Wednesday, 14th May, 2014 - 10:49 am

BEST wishes to appoint a designer or creative agency to work with the Programme Office on the design and production of bilingual English/Welsh marketing and communication materials to support the successful delivery of the BEST training programme. Outputs will include a prospectus, adverts and certi... (read more)

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