NSAR Skills Intelligence team ran an interactive session on digital capability to a group of asset owners, consultants, contractors, academics and technology providers focusing on the key challenges associated with the digital transformation of the workforce at the ICE Shaping a Digital World event on 25th September. The programme covered key themes of productivity, behaviour and value of data – all focused on how to break down barriers and help turn infrastructure into an information-based industry.
Neil Franklin, Head of NSAR Skills Intelligence led the session looking at why day to day upskilling was important, what support options were available to the workforce, what digital innovations had they seen that really captured their imagination and how can industry collaborate to harness innovation in digital upskilling and training. Finally, Neil asked the groups what they would do if they were Secretary of State for Digital.
Michelle Russell, NSAR Senior Analyst then summarised the debate and the responses to the questions in turn, selecting key highlights from the notes provided by each of the groups.
Key industry figures in attendance included senior representatives from TechUK, BuroHappold, BaseStone, Centre for Digital Built Britain Atkins, Amey Consulting, Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction, Laing O’Rourke and Thames Tideway.