Be Covid smart digital learning toolkit launched for Scotland’s construction industry

THE Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum has launched a new Covid smart training and learning programme for Scotland’s construction industry.

The digital learning toolkit, created with the help of the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, will use a series of digital scenarios to raise awareness of Covid-19 safety.

CICV said the initiative will provide a ‘fun, easy-to-use’ quiz-based toolkit that can be accessed via mobile, tablet or laptop to aid the continued safe return to work.

The forum added that it will aim to educate those working on site, in homes or places of learning; encourage the use of safe working and learning; and empower the construction workforce to call out unsafe behaviour.

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, added, “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.”