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Digital Leadership in the Construction Sector

Construction sector leaders from across Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland are to gather at a Causeway online session this week to collaborate and share insights to help the sector digitise.

On Thursday 22 April, Causeway: Ireland Scotland Business Exchange is hosting an online networking event and discussion session, as part of a series of four workshop events taking place this year to support to support Irish, Northern Irish and Scottish businesses in the construction sector on their complete digital journey.

Sponsored by Invest Northern Ireland, this series of events is bringing together Causeway members, partners and industry guests, from both sides of the Irish Sea, to examine the gap of digital skills in construction businesses, with this specific event discussing and identifying what exact skills and training may be needed to support growth and development in construction businesses.

This event will be hosted by Linda Scott, Causeway Board Member and Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Industry Engagement at Scotland’s digital skills academy, CodeClan. As well as breakout discussion sessions for attendees, this event will also have guest talks from Paul Ingham of Morrison Construction, Richard Kirk of Workplus, and Saffron Grant, Causeway Member and MD of Digital Construction Skills.

Explaining more, co-convener of this event, Causeway Member and MD of Digital Construction Skills Saffron Grant said: 

“The importance of digital enablement in construction has never been greater. Through its interactivity, this series of events has been extremely productive in bringing together construction leaders to connect with each other, and have fruitful breakout group discussions, as well as guest spotlight talks from sector leaders, sharing their knowledge, insights and experience of their digital journeys. 

“This interactive and educational session on Thursday will focus on what is meant by digital leadership, the skills and competences leaders need to drive digital transformation in their organisation and what other skills are needed within construction related business when new digital tools and ways of working are introduced. We want to hear from those in the construction sector, or related industries, about your challenges with adopting digital ways of working, so that we can support you to overcome these and keep your business thriving throughout the pandemic and the potentially turbulent times ahead.”

Adding to this, sponsor of the series from Invest Northern Ireland, Nick Turberville, Head of Trade – GB Construction said:

Invest Northern Ireland is proud to be sponsoring this series of events, and to be working in collaboration with Causeway and its members, to support connecting construction sector leaders, on both sides of the Irish Sea, with sharing experiences and helpful insights of digital transformation. 

“Through the spotlight talks and breakout sessions, this series of events is enabling construction businesses and professionals from Northern Ireland to showcase their businesses, and to connect with other sector leaders from across Ireland and Scotland, in sharing challenges and successes, and exploring and sharing solutions to enhance digitisation across the construction sector.”

In addition to Invest Northern Ireland; Digital Construction Skills; and CodeClan, this event has had key contributors from across Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland, including Enterprise Ireland; Integrated Facilities Solutions; and Smith Scott Mullan Associates. Other forthcoming events in this series will take place in June exploring Implementation of Digital Technologies in the Sector; and in September looking at Collaborating in Digital Construction Solutions. 

This series of events is free to attend and open to both Causeway members and non-members. Advanced registration via the Causeway website is essential - book here.

Author: Aoife O'Sullivan

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Aoife O'Sullivan

Aoife O'Sullivan is Causeway's Communications and Events Manager. She is responsible for nurturing the membership engagement activity for Causeway, primarily through hosting events both online and offline in Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland, and helps to connect Causeway's members and raise their profile through communications, marketing and PR.


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