‘Futurescape’ initiative launched to plug building skills gap


RD Group, a group of companies comprising EFT Consult, RDM Electrical & Mechanical Services, and DRS FM Services, has announced the launch of ‘Futurescape’, an exciting new initiative aimed at tackling future skills shortages within the building services sector.

Launched in partnership with Cyfle Building Skills and Young Dragons CIC, Futurescape aims to challenge perceptions and raise awareness of the exciting potential career opportunities within the construction, engineering and renewable energy industries. It will place a particular emphasis on green technologies and their role in improving the built environment and developing more sustainable buildings.

It will use innovative, immersive technologies and engaging learning experiences that will expose young people to real life experiences in a virtual environment and allow them to gain a deeper understanding of the industry and potential career paths.

The project will involve children in both primary and secondary schools coming together to work on a real-life project supported by companies who will engage with the schools and provide opportunities for young people to gain a meaningful understanding of the vast range of opportunities that exist within the sector.

The project, which will span the Swansea Bay economic area (Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire), is part funded by the Skills and Talent Programme under the Swansea Bay City Deal.

The school engagement will be led by Young Dragons CIC, a Swansea-based community initiative dedicated to helping young people develop entrepreneurial skills such as creativity, problem solving, innovation, communication, negotiation and decision-making.

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