CIOB Academy course take-up led by retrofit and building safety

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Trend shifts in the CIOB Academy’s course takeup are directly linked to external factors, data has revealed.

Demand for building conservation learning soared between 2018 and 2021 given the rising prominence of conservation and retrofit, with attendee numbers peaking at 159 for a single year.

Meanwhile, the impact of Covid-19 sparked a drastic uptake in the number of people registering for JCT Contracts courses – with a staggering 135% increase in enrolments between 2020 and 2021.  

CIOB believes this is a direct result of the pressure put on contracts by the Covid-19 pandemic and that the increased take-up shows how clients and contractors do not want to be caught out by delays and associated costs again should a similar situation arise. 

The professional body also experienced a surge of demand in building safety-related courses since the introduction of the Building Safety Act. 

Between 2022 and 2023, interest in CIOB’s fire safety and building safety courses spiked significantly, with booking numbers increasing by 18% and 28% respectively. The data revealed a gap in the training market for a dedicated Building Safety Act (BSA) course. 

To satisfy demand, CIOB recently unveiled its new Building Safety Act Awareness e-learning course, tailored to ensure built environment professionals can keep up to date with the latest changes to legislation within the construction sector. 

Increase in demand

Adrian Montague, director of Academy at CIOB, said: “Since the introduction of the Building Safety Act in 2022, there has been a real increase in demand for building safety-related courses. I am sure this course will be of great benefit to everyone in the construction sector as it covers all the essential elements of the legislation.” 

Meanwhile, the takeup for JCT Contracts courses soared again in 2023, with CIOB Academy registering 221 learners – a 40% increase from the previous year. 

Montague continued: “It is great to see there is still a significant demand for our Academy courses, which we believe are a great benefit to both experienced and aspiring built environment professionals. 

“We are committed to continuing to adapt and develop our service offerings, in line with the ongoing changes to the construction sector and we already have a number of exciting opportunities in the pipeline for 2024.”

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