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WSBF Briefing: Conference 'Sustainability in the built environment: The importance of skills, education, and recruitment

WSBF Briefing: Conference 'Sustainability in the built environment: The importance of skills, education, and recruitment

November 2015

The Westminster Sustainable Business Forum held this conference to follow-up with its recent essay collection 'Building Better: Recommendations for a more sustainable UK construction sector' to explore the progress made since its publication. The publication included contributions from UK Trade & Investment, BRE, Carillion, the Construction Industry Training Board, Willmott Dixon Energy Services Limited, and the School of Construction Management & Engineering at the University of Reading. Contributors provided comments and recommendations on a range of construction-related topics, relevant within the ‘Construction 2025’ industrial strategy.

This follow-up conference focused specifically on the importance of and pathways to reforming skills, education, and recruitment in the construction sector in order to make it more sustainable. It drew upon some of the recommendations made in the essay collection on how to encourage the right blend of skills, training, and qualifications as well as how businesses can incorporate sustainability aspects into recruitment processes.

Participating organisations:

4 Green Architecture Ltd.Albion Water LimitedAll-Party Parliamentary Sustainable Resource GroupAPSEBAM Construct UKBill Farmer Business ServicesBob Neill MPCabinet OfficeCertsure LLPConstructing Excellence - Generation 4 Change DECCDiocese of LondonDr Roberta Blackman-WoodsFactorsHyperloopIndependantInstitute for SustainabilityInstitution of Civil EngineersLSEMMUOpen UniversityPlanet FirstPolicy ConnectPrime EnergyR Brindley Consult LtdRoyal Academy of EngineeringSED NGOSkanska UKSOENECS LtdSouth Kilburn Trustsow grow and reapThe BartlettThe University of SheffieldUCLUniversity of Exeter Energy Policy GroupUniversity of LeedsUniversity of OxfordUrban Living FuturesWestminster Sustainable Business Forum  Download the Briefing PaperFind out about WSBF membershipContact the WSBF About WSBF Briefings The Westminster Sustainable Business Forum operates a busy annual programme of member-only events and roundtables designed to bring together Parliamentarians, policymakers and leading private and public sector organisations to debate and promote effective sustainability policy in the UK.  After each event, a comprehensive briefing is produced, laying out the key ideas and findings raised and discussed by participants, and circulated among attendees and other WSBF member organisations. Six months later, the briefing is made available to the wider public here, on the WSBF website. If you would like to attend an event or receive our briefings, don't hesitate to contact us to find out how you can become a member of the Westminster Sustainable Business Forum.