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Lego Serious Play helps Teams

Ever thought about improving your communication through playing with LEGO® bricks?

Skills4Stem have developed a NEW way of teaching those within the Built Environment that harnesses their ability to build structures to help them be more effective communicators and better at building teams in a FUN way using LEGO® bricks.

 

The art of building results

This is a radical, innovative, experiential process designed to enhance business performance. It is based on the belief that everyone can contribute to the discussion, the decisions and the outcome.

The use of the LEGO® bricks simply enables you to take a speedy shortcut to the core. The bricks work as a catalyst – and when used for building metaphors, they trigger processes that you were previously unaware of.

Participants come away with skills to communicate more effectively, to engage their imaginations more readily, and to approach their work with increased confidence, commitment and insight.

BOOK ONLINE HERE

Contact us for further information or to enquire about in-house programmes: +44(0)1234 245534

email us: info@skills4stem.co.uk 

2017 Open CIOB Chartered Membership Programmes

The Chartered Membership Programme, formerly Experienced Practitioner Assessed programme (EPA), is a route to MCIOB for individuals with significant management experience who lack formal qualifications at honours degree level.

We are delighted to be running Open CIOB Chartered Membership Programme from 2017 in Leeds, Northampton, London (UK) and Dubai (UAE).

Contact us today for more details: info@skills4stem.co.uk

Leeds Northants London Dubai 2017 CMP

Skills4Stem Launches MHFA Mental Health First Aid Courses

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A mental health awareness course 

Stress, depression and anxiety are estimated to cost more days lost than any other work related illness, at any one time nearly 1 in 6 of the workforce is affected by a mental health condition.

The mental health first aid training course provides positive steps for employers to improve the management of mental health in the workplace.  Created for HR professionals the course includes prevention and early intervention of problems and could result in cost savings due to mental health related absences.

  • Define mental health & common mental health issues
  • Identify stigma & discrimination surrounding mental health
  • Relate to people’s experiences and support people in distress
  • Look after your own mental health.

 

Book online here 

Or email us: info@skills4stem.co.uk or call us on 01234 245534

In-house courses available.

 

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Skills4Stem CEO takes part in Diversity in Construction Advisory Panel Board

Despite a clear business case for a more diverse workforce, the industry still lacks the understanding and leadership required to address inequality; so was the conclusion of a recent high-level discussion, attended by well-known champions of diversity in construction.

Brought together to form the UK Construction Week Diversity Advisory Group, the panel confronted the major barriers and challenges the industry faces in bridging the diversity gap. With a firm commitment to encouraging the cultural shift that is much needed in the industry, the lessons learned from the panel discussion will shape the agenda for the event in October – ensuring that construction professionals at all levels are equipped to embrace diversity and other challenges, turning them instead into positive opportunities.

Two interesting schools of thought emerged, around tackling the issue at grassroots versus leadership from the top. Much of the discussion centred around reputation and the difficulties we face in attracting any youngsters into the construction industry – and particularly girls and ethnic minorities.

Sarah Davis, CEO, Skills4Stem Ltd felt that we needed to start early – at the age of five or six, when children are first gaining an opinion on what they want to be when they grow up. “Parents are also hugely influential at this stage and the problem we face is that few will encourage their children to aspire to a career in construction. We need to also educate the parents.”

The teachers too, it seems. The panel chair, Bridget Bartlett, Deputy Chief Executive of the CIOB, cited poor careers guidance as another limiting factor and felt more needed to be done by the industry to educate and excite youngsters about a career in construction. Although there are some fantastic examples of the construction industry engaging with children, with a host of wide-ranging ideas, it was agreed that it was generally pockets of activity.

Read the full article here: http://www.ukconstructionweek.com/whats-on/show-news/289-ukcw-champions-diversity-in-construction

Skills4Stem get involved at the Cambridge University Science Festival

Engineering with Lego Bricks

12th March 2016: 10am – 3.30pm

Cambridge University Pitt Building

Lego image - Cambridge University Science Festival

Skills4Stem in collaboration with the Institute of Engineering & Technology (IET) and the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) will be running a fun workshop for families and young people at the University of Cambridge Science Festival.

 
We will be promoting Engineering & the Built Environment to young people and families at the Cambridge Science Festival with the help of Robotic arms and Lego Bricks.
Come and join us, just don’t forget the children!…..
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Skills4Stem CEO visits 2015 Global WIL Economic Forum in Abu Dhabi

 

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In August 2015, WEConnect International raffled off two free tickets to the 2015 Global WIL Economic Forum in Abu Dhabi among interested certified women’s business enterprises.

“We are growing our business in the UAE and I was interested in how the conference could help us network in this region with senior women. It is too early to say, the event was only just over three months ago, but all these new connections I anticipate will make a big difference to our existing business in the UAE.”

“I have also had an opportunity to connect with many women from small, medium and large organizations and share ideas, stories, experiences and opportunities. By being myself, being genuine, respectful and listening I have been able to really increase my knowledge of the region and my network in the UAE with women I would have otherwise not have been connected with. Without the free ticket from WEConnect International I would also have probably not been able to justify the time or expense to visit the event. I am very grateful to WEConnect International for this opportunity.”

Gamification Picture

Skills4Stem use technology and innovation through Gamification and Wearable Technology to collect, analyze and map biological health data, skills and competencies prior to designing and delivering high quality tailored UK, globally accredited training to ensure the highest return on investment for employers, individuals and the economy. Innovators from the start, Skills4Stem were ‘first to market’ in the UK with a Leadership Gamification software product to collect, analyse and map skills for the Built Environment. See the demo online https://videopress.com/v/BWtj3MwI.

This year, Sarah is also among the very first certified women’s business enterprises to join the #Buy16in16 campaign to raise consumer awareness of women-owned products and services.

“I have a high growth global business with an appetite to work with more large corporate organizations to embed our innovative ideas, valuable agility and tailored products and I was actively looking for support to make these connections more effectively. I also have a strong sense of supporting and empowering other women-owned organizations and being part of an innovative network meeting other senior women like me making change.

See online full article on the We Connect website here: http://weconnectinternational.org/en/join-our-network/stories/item/357-skills4stem-ltd  

The value of SMART FM

Skills4Stem CEO Sarah Davis writes about the need to consider Smart Skills when designing and building Smart Cities. Please read her article below published in Feb 2016 for FM Middle East (ITP Publishing) on the Value of SMART FM.

Smart Skills for Smart Cities Feb 2016