Skills and Innovation Challenges in Construction and the Built Environment

  • Wednesday 15 November 2023

  • 8:30AM - 1:30PM


An opportunity to hear from sector experts and discuss skills challenges facing the construction and built environment sector


Leeds Trinity programmes

In September 2024, Leeds Trinity will welcome students to a suite of new programmes in Construction and the Built Environment (CBE), alongside its successful Supply Chain Leadership Degree Apprenticeship.

  • Construction Management BSc
  • Construction Project Management BSc
  • Quantity Surveying BSc

The introduction of these programmes, brings further opportunities for research and knowledge exchange work, short courses and an international CBE offer.

About this event

The construction sector contributes over £120 billion to the UK economy each year and accounts for over 300,000 businesses, most of which are SMEs.

For the sector to become more productive, innovative new methods must be adopted which in turn will attract new talent.

Currently, skills shortages account for more than a third of construction vacancies and almost half of all manufacturing and skilled trades vacancies.

At the event, delegates will hear from sector experts and explore how we build a younger, diverse and more innovative workforce.

What's happening

8.30am: Registration and refreshments

9.00am: Welcome and introduction - Professor Mohammed Arif, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Leeds Trinity University

9.05am: Opening keynote 'Modernise or Die – where are we now, what does this mean in the Battle for Talent' - Mark Farmer, Chief Executive and Founding Director, Cast Consultancy

9.30am: Panel one - Responding to the sector’s skills challenges

  • James Mason, Chief Executive, West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce (Chair)
  • Mark Farmer, Chief Executive and Founding Director, Cast Consultancy
  • Stephen Wightman, Director – UK MMC Lead, AtkinsRéalis
  • Jai Lane, Associate, Arup
  • Kris Westall, Director of Asset Investment Planning, AMCL 

10.25am: Break

10.45am: Chartered Institute of Building’s (CIOB) response to current skills and innovation challenges - Sandi Rhys Jones OBE, President, CIOB 

11.00am: Panel two - Industry bodies, future skills and innovation development

  • Professor Charles Egbu, Vice-Chancellor, Leeds Trinity University (Chair)
  • Sandi Rhys Jones OBE, President, CIOB
  • Gill Hancock, Head of Qualifications and Standards, APM
  • Steven Thompson, Senior Specialist - Construction, RICS
  • Don Ward, Chief Executive, CIB

12.00pm: Report launch, 'Revisiting offsite construction – Global Roadmap for the next 10 years' – Professor Mohammed Arif, Leeds Trinity University and Professor Jeff Rankin, University of New Brunswick

12.30pm: Lunch and networking

1.30pm: Event close

When and where?

Wednesday 15 November 2023 from 8.30am – 1.30pm at The Marriott Hotel in Leeds City Centre.

Who should attend?

This event would be of interest to HR directors, CEOs and COOs from leading sector companies, professional bodies and relevant sector groups, regional growth and business support teams.

How to book

To book your place please head to our Eventbrite page and input your details as required.

Further information

For further information on this event please contact Eilidh Masson-Walker (