The two organisations have teamed up to create a digital learning toolkit that promotes best practice and will help Scotland’s building sector get safely back to work.
Using a series of digital scenarios, the Be Covid Smart training and learning programme aims to raise awareness of COVID-19 safety by:
Recognising the challegne that is the safe return of workers to site, Be Covid Smart provides a fun, easy-to-use, quiz-based toolkit that can be accessed via mobile, tablet, or laptop, and which will be hosted on the CSIC website.
Iain McCaskey, Head of Devolved Nations at the Building Engineering Services Association and Head of the CICV Forum Skills Group, who is leading the programme, said: “The Forum had identified the need not only for a safe return to work but also for reassurance for apprentices their families and employers.
“This innovative learning solution will not only raise awareness of safety in the current climate but also identify and test the user’s knowledge of the necessary steps to take to protect themselves and others.
“Be Covid Smart will be available to everyone within Scottish construction to use freely. However, initial targets will primarily be small site operators and companies employing apprentices, as we feel this is where support is needed.”
The toolkit will start by supporting domestic work and apprentices and their colleges, and will explore the health and safety aspects of working within a college workshop, manoeuvring around the building and how to get to and from work or college.
Lisa Deane, Lead Future Skills Manager at CSIC, said: “We are launching the platform with Place of Learning and Domestic Work modules, followed closely by On-Site modules.
“We’ve worked closely with the Glasgow School of Art to bring an innovative and fun way to learn important COVID-19 safety best practice, which we hope will give the workforce, businesses and customers confidence that the industry promotes high safety standards.
“This is a new approach to engaging learning within the construction industry, which can be continually updated as circumstances change and which could also support markets outside of Scotland who are interested in the innovative ways we’re dealing with a safe return to work.”
The new project was one of six funded by CSIC’s i-Con Challenge Fund, an initiative to support the construction industry with innovative solutions to challenged brought about by COVID-19.
Other recent Forum initiatives include practical travel advice, underpinning operating guidance for the industry and a series of free commercial and employment webinars to give industry professionals advice on topics including redundancy, payments and conflict avoidance.