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Sustainability framework
The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) has announced a new Task Group that will help scope and develop a Sustainability Lifelong Learning Framework (SLLF) for the built environment sector.

The Sustainability Lifelong Learning Framework will provide vital leadership and co-ordination in the field of sustainability education and training, equipping businesses with the skills and knowledge that will be needed to create the sustainable buildings of the future.

The SLLF will draw on UK-GBC’s existing Sustainability Training and Education Programme (STEP) which was founded in 2009 with input from industry, academia and Government.

The new Task Group – which will be made up of UK-GBC member organisations – will undertake a range of activities, including a gap analysis of the existing training provision, signposting to high-quality courses and the development of cutting-edge sustainability courses along with an evaluation of accreditation options. The Task Group will also scope the need for a sustainability qualification and detail the requirements for progression through the various levels of the Sustainability Lifelong Learning Framework.

Cat Hirst, UK-GBC’s Sustainability Training and Education Programme (STEP) manager said: “Our new Task Group will play a crucial role in mapping out the education needs of the sector, and developing a truly robust learning framework. This modular education framework will be designed to encourage integrated working and innovative thinking across the sector and will enable industry to train its workforce appropriately to meet the ambitious targets for carbon reduction expected in the coming years.

“Recent Government publications, such as the response to the IGT Report and the Green Economy Roadmap published last week, have highlighted the potential skills gap in the built environment sector that will act as a barrier to organisations embedding sustainability at the heart of their practice. The learning framework will help overcome this barrier.”

The Task Group will begin its work in September 2011.