Towards a framework to capture and respond to construction labour market skills

Malalgoda, CI, Siriwardena, ML, Thayaparan, M, Amaratunga, RDG, Lill, I, Witt, E and Kaklauskas, A 2011, Towards a framework to capture and respond to construction labour market skills , in: PAQS 2011, July 2011, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) as major suppliers of skills and knowledge are expected to fulfill the labour market skills requirements. However, the capability of HEIs to capture and respond to such skills requirements faces numerous challenges. BELLCURVE (Built Environment Lifelong Learning Challenging University Responses to Vocational Education), which is an EU funded research project, intends to contribute to modernising HEIs to be more responsive to the construction labour market skills requirements. The project aims to develop a framework to capture and respond to skills requirements, giving particular attention to lifelong learning and governance reforms. Framework development is a continuous process which comprises various activities of analysing, altering, refining, improving and evaluating. To enable the developmental aspect of the BELLCURVE research project, a design science approach is used as the overall research methodology. An initial framework was developed based on a literature analysis incorporating three major elements namely skill capture (demand), education (supply) and HEI governance reform, having the concept of lifelong learning embedded in each element. Furthermore, when refining the framework, BELLCURVE is primarily concerned with four types of entities namely Educational; Industrial; Professional; and Learning, and focuses on two distinct concepts namely “Skill mismatches between requirements and supply” and “lifelong learning via through-life studentship”. An insight to the process of framework development including the research methodology adapted is presented in this paper.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments
Refereed: Yes
Depositing User: CI Malalgoda
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2011 10:15
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 07:43

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