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DTL looks for Investment in Training for the Future, Now

DTL looks for Investment in Training for the Future, Now

04 July 2017

Balfour Beatty has recently set out its predictions for the construction industry of 2050. These can be seen at

However, to complement the ten recommendations from this report getting to the world of tomorrow will rely on meeting some of the needs of today.

This is the message from Chris Wood CEO of a Develop Training Ltd, the UK's leading accredited provider of Compliance, Technical, and Safety training, as recently reported in Global Construction magazine.

Increased use of technology and imagination

'Each of the predictions for the future relies on an increasing use of technology, and its applications, and greater imagination on the part of engineers, architects and building contractors', explains Chris.

'However, to realise the dream of a robotics-led, high-tech construction environment fundamental changes will need to be wrought in both education and the aspirations of those already at school. Many of the engineers and builders of 2050 have already been born and are at school, but continue to learn in an environment more suited to the previous 30 years than the future decades.

If we are going to see the widespread use of new materials, new technologies and an atmosphere of fearless innovation then we need to be sowing the seeds for these behaviours now.

These will rely on greater investments in STEM subjects in schools and universities and the abandonment of long-held misconceptions that construction and engineering careers are necessarily male-oriented and largely manual trades.'