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Blended Learning

What is your ‘blend’…?

Before we start, I’m not talking about coffee here! Not yet anyway…
Blended learning is a concept which many of us probably haven’t encountered before, but might just be the best of both worlds. Let me explain….

Online learning laptop

For many people, the need for keeping up to date in a continually changing and improving technical industry was already hard, and that was before COVID-19 struck! Now with restrictions on face-to-face interactions in all aspects of life and with much of the necessary industry training being traditionally undertaken in a classroom, what are the alternatives, and do they work for everyone?

If COVID19 hasn’t given us all enough issues to deal with already, the CITB recently announced that their grace period, for delegates whose SMSTS/SSSTS qualifications had expired after March 30th 2020, will end on the 31st January 2021!

Unfortunately, anyone expecting or perhaps hoping for another extension will be disappointed as the CITB have confirmed that there will be no additional time added, after the 31st January deadline.

The Construction Industry Training Board are a bit like Ronseal. They do exactly what it says on the tin. They offer training across all areas of the construction industry. From environmental management to temporary works they have an extremely comprehensive catalogue.

The academic life is not for everyone. Whilst some learn best in a classroom with books and computers, others learn best through trial and error, practice and perfection. Apprenticeships and on-the-job training have long been recognised as a great way to learn construction skills. But whilst being able to do a job is great you still need to be able to show that you can do the job and obtaining a qualification is the most sure-fire way of doing so.

CSCS Green labourers card

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