CPD from the RIBA

CPD agreement improves skills offer for members

'Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.' (Jane Jacobs)

We all live, work and play in communities, whether urban, suburban or rural. We all have an interest in communities that are sustainable. Sustainable communities balance and integrate the social, economic and environmental components of their community, and meet the needs of existing and future generations. It is an integrated approach in which design is key, but design enabled by the right technical and generic skills, as part of a collaborative process in which cohesion and engagement are at the heart.

To help achive this, the RIBA has joined with a number of partners who have agreed to the mutual recognition of CPD in skills for sustainable communities. Members of relevant professional bodies have access to CPD from 11 different professional bodies and a further seven organisations have endorsed the initiative.

The move forms part of a new skills agreement signed by members of the National Skills Action Partnership that sets out a series of commitments to share learning programmes and to dedicate resources and empower staff to champion skills in sustainable communities.

The Skills Action Partnership exists to to accelerate the development of a flexible, knowledgeable and highly skilled workforce. As a result of the partnership practitioners have increased access to the right skills needed to improve places. 

The pace of change in the sector continues to gather momentum, with new skills needs like development economics, community cohesion and low carbon emerging. No one profession or organisation can solve the skills problems hindering the creation of great places but collectively, we can help. Crucially at this time, access to new skills can help members to develop new income streams for new work. The mutual recognition of CPD for sustainable communities means that practitioners will now have greater choice about how, where and what they learn.

For further information please visit http://skills.homesandcommunities.co.uk/

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