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Free mentoring to help improve the digital capability of construction businesses

A free mentoring service has launched to support businesses with implementing digital processes and techniques by offering technical advice and guidance .
Digital Construction Skills ( DCS ) is funded by CITB to help construction companies develop the skills they need to drive digital transformation in their business . With a strong focus on SME business owners , directors , and senior managers , DCS aims to demystify digital tools and help businesses choose the best ones to align with their goals through the mentoring service .
All the mentors on the programme have recent , real-world experience on the front line of the construction industry and are specialists in the technical and commercial aspects of digital construction . This includes digitalising information flow and physical elements , such as 3D models and reality capture .
There are many benefits to adopting digital practices . For example , it could help you to reduce admin time and costs , improve safety and quality , keep digital records which could speed up payment and protect against claims , and even increase productivity of engineers and other site staff . DCS has identified time as a particularly important factor for many small businesses , which is why they aim to make the process as simple as possible . There are no forms to fill in with this service , you can simply book a 15 , 30 or 60-minute meeting with a digital construction specialist .
Additionally , DCS assures that a mentor can help support at various stages of a business ’ s digital journey . This includes if you are at the very start of your journey , having not yet explored how digital tools can support your business , through to guidance on accessing a range of funding and support available for digital adoption .
Saffron Grant , Managing Director at Digital Constructions Skills , said : “ Digital leadership skills are so important because the way we work is changing . Understanding the benefits of digital technologies , and how they can help you achieve your business goals can ensure your business remains competitive and profitable in a rapidly changing landscape .
“ This mentoring service can help you select the digital tools that are right for your company and get the very best out of them . The programme is supported by free eLearning modules , training courses and other valuable resources .”
Feedback has also been shared by a selection of businesses that have received support from the service .
Andy Dalrymple , Managing Director at Mackenzie Construction , said : “ Digital Construction Skills helped us access funding to help us train our staff in a new digital platform we are rolling out across our business .”
Ed Clement , Owner , Patterson Bailey Engineers , said : “ Thanks to free support from Digital Construction Skills , I am adding several new revenue streams to my business including carrying out drone surveys and setting out construction works .”
David Minns , Operations Director , GAC Environmental , said : “ The support helped us get all the right people together in one room , and get to the point where we were able to make a clear decision on the priority areas for digital tools .”
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