The Building Innovation Awards take place in Manchester on 23 October, PBC Today takes a look at the nominees for the Best Skills & Training Innovation category

The Best Skills & Training Innovation category recognises the companies, organisations and partnerships delivering outstanding development for existing employees, graduates and the next generation of construction talent.

The nominees are:


CactiSprout is a passionate and innovative sustainability consultancy that helps companies across the building industry value chain to become more

sustainable and at the same time more profitable. It is unique in that it uses employee engagement to identify the best ideas, as well as give everyone a sense of purpose behind the company they work for.

Class of Your Own

Design…Engineer..Construct! (DEC) is a groundbreaking and market-leading built environment education programme focused on secondary education. DEC has seen over 1,300 students gain qualifications in the digital built environment, and dozens of graduates are moving on to study apprenticeships and join the sector. It uses cutting-edge technology to bring unique educational experiences to learners, attracting the next generation of talent into the built environment sector.

Fife College

Fife College has launched a unique and innovative project in partnership with Historic & Environment Scotland, the Scottish Lime Centre Trust and St Andrews High School to support gender and digital progress in the construction sector. This has resulted in the creation of a new taster course that exposes pre-apprentices to the latest innovative technologies, alongside traditional building skills, and makes positive steps in modernising the image of the industry while enhancing the quality of learning.


iHASCO is a market-leading provider of Health & Safety and HR compliance eLearning courses. Its goal is to revolutionise the world of eLearning by “making training simple”. Its blend of easily understood, interesting content and engaging graphics and animation, complemented by a customer service which is second to none, aims to break the negative stigma surrounding online training by making it easy to implement and both quick and enjoyable to complete.


The Choice Factory’s focuses on identifying and ‘nudging’ intrinsic behaviours (through making adoption easy, understood, social, desirable and rewarding), has the potential to bring sustainable change. By educating people on the benefits of offsite, it is ensuring our business and our industry have a full understanding and practical experience in applying this approach. The insight provided through The Choice Factory has allowed our industry to consider the psychological barriers to adopting offsite construction; unlocking a whole new approach for accelerating an “offsite revolution”.


MOBIE is an educational charity founded by architect and TV presenter George Clarke to promote innovation in the design and delivery of homes.  MOBIE’s mission is to inspire, train and retrain the people who will deliver our future homes and places through exciting new technical and vocational courses, training programmes and schools outreach. MOBIE provides a unique educational pathway from schools to further education and higher education courses, ensuring that learning can be accessed and delivered at the levels that students want and the industry needs.

Operam Academy

Operam Academy is an award-winning online learning platform delivered as a cloud solution to desktop and mobile app that provides learners with the knowledge they need to implement the latest international standards for the management of asset-related information, notably the ISO 19650 series. It also provides educational material on related management standards, such as Asset Management and Collaborative Working Relationships.

The winner will be announced at a gala dinner to take place at The Midland Hotel, Manchester, on 23 October.


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