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Belfast Met wins EU funding for built environment project

Arise has been awarded £1.12 million from the EU Horizon 2020 work programme

BELFAST Metropolitan College has won EU funding to support a new project that aims to deliver the skills needed for the built environment.

Arise has been awarded £1.12 million from the EU Horizon 2020 work programme.

It includes nine European partners with Belfast Met as the lead.

It is aimed at the construction industry and an evolvement of the last BIMcert (Building Information Modelling) project and its modules.

The project includes time credits and an individual learning account for those who undertake the training.

It starts in September 2021 and will run for 30 months.

The white and blue collar workers who take the modules can use the digital credentials they gain across the EU. The accumulation of the credentials leads to the qualification.

The aim is to improve the energy performance of buildings in terms of things like heat and insulation.

Arise will also use digitalisation as a learning tool to make it accessible through a mobile (smartphone) friendly web based platform.

"Arise is a new skills delivery project to deliver the skills needed for the built environment to take full advantage of the digital transformation," said Paul McCormack, Arise programme manager.

"The modules, content and delivery will be delivered online in micro module format with learners earning certCOIN awards and exchanging these for recognition and certificates.

"Arise will create a system for issuing, verifying and sharing micro-credentials for learning credits, creating a digital learning platform allowing learners to store credentials and enabling them to share them with educational institutions and employers. Digitalisation of the skills process empowers the switch from paper-based to digital credentials delivering significant advantages across the skills exchange process to learners, employees, educational institutions and training delivery agents."

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