We recently held our annual AGM and networking day, which was attended by SBCSG members, industry professionals and stakeholders from across the region.
This year’s event took place at the Construction Wales Innovation Centre, University of Wales Trinity Saint David. The pre-AGM networking event focused on the benefits of virtual reality training in the construction industry, with hands-on demonstrations of the latest training equipment from the Construction Wales Innovation Centre (CWIC).
Attendees were able to try out a range of virtual reality training programmes – developed by CWIC – including the Rotorpilot, a programme designed to give learners a virtual drone piloting experience whilst surveying a building site or heritage building. They also had the opportunity to try the Wood-Ed wood machining simulator using Augmented Reality, which enables learners to safely use a table saw, band saw, planer, and spindle moulder.
Additionally, the Working at Height/Scaffolding programme helped users to understand the dangers of working in the scaffolding industry. Finally, the Virtual Built Environment Element Explorer (VBEEE) software allowed learners to experience the stages of construction while considering a design brief that appraises sustainability, cost, durability, and comfort issues.
After the demonstrations, SBCSG members moved on to the AGM itself. The agenda included updates on the Employer Network, CITB Grants and Funding opportunities, new construction leadership and management training courses, the development of degree apprenticeships, specialist apprenticeship opportunities, and an update on new construction apprenticeship qualifications.
Furthermore, during the AGM, we welcomed Hannah Pearce and Libby Jones as new members of the SBCSG committee, and the event concluded with discussing the success of last year’s SBCSG Awards, which celebrated excellence and achievement in the construction industry, and looked forward to our 2023 awards, which will take place in June.
Overall, the AGM and networking day proved to be a very informative and enjoyable event, providing valuable insights into the latest developments and trends in the construction industry, and showcasing the potential of virtual reality training to enhance safety, reduce costs, and improve productivity.