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Paul Wilkinson
Paul Wilkinson
A construction PR and marketing specialist since 1987, an advocate of the application of social media in architecture, engineering and construction, and an authority on SaaS-based construction collaboration technologies. Speaker, writer, prolific blogger and tweeter, and PR manager for two Ethos-managed projects: SkillsPlanner and BuildForce.

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by Paul Wilkinson, 07 Feb 2017

At last week’s BuildForce Go Live event at the Tower of London, Mark Farmer, author of the “Modernise or Die” review of the UK construction labour market, outlined why he felt former military personnel could be a force for good in the industry. Farmer started by underlining the depth of the skills shortages currently facing…

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by Paul Wilkinson, 26 Feb 2016

SkillsPlanner was formally launched earlier this week (Wednesday 24 February 2016) at the Institution of Civil Engineers in London. Over 100 industry guests were welcomed by SkillsPlanner programme director Rebecca Lovelace. She then introduced Andy Mitchell, CEO of Tideway, one of our SkillsPlanner partners, who described the challenges of delivering a mega-project under London that will…

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by Paul Wilkinson, 10 Feb 2016

SkillsPlanner isn’t just about young workers. It will also embrace programmes focused on the three R’s: in this case, returning, retraining and retaining. A lot of the UK construction skills shortage rhetoric tends to focus on ‘catching them when they’re young’. For example, we read about making the industry more attractive to young people, encouraging…

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by Paul Wilkinson, 25 Jan 2016

SkillsPlanner’s planned use of linked and open data to collate construction skills supply and demand data fits with wider ambitions to make data a driver for economic growth and prosperity. According to a recent RICS survey reported in the construction trade press (see this Construction Enquirer article, for example), skills shortages are hampering construction projects…

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by Paul Wilkinson, 06 Jul 2015

With collaborative platforms, mobile, BIM, ‘Big data’, the ‘internet of things’, we are tinkering with enablers of change. “Digital Built Britain” envisages entirely new business models for the industry currently known as construction. 21 years (and more) of industry reports While some industry sectors have changed profoundly in recent decades, some have remained resistant to change.…

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