We published our workforce strategy for the building standards verification service in October 2020.
The aim of the strategy is to strengthen the operational resilience of the building standards service by committing to change.
It is essential for verifiers to have a workforce with the right blend of skills and experience to carry out their role as a verifier, maintaining and building their capacity and capability to deliver a sustainable service into the future.
The strategy supports the development of a workforce that has the competency and capability to deliver a first-class service. A key part of the strategy is developing a workforce that has the necessary skills and experience to carry out the verification role and be afforded the opportunity to gain the relevant qualifications. The expected outcome is for a sustainable service that can respond to new challenges, such as advances in construction technology and the digital world.
Commitments and actions
The strategy is based around four themes with a shared commitment to timely and accurate data reporting:
- a sustainable workforce
- a skilled workforce
- a professional framework
- a profession for everyone
The strategy will be implemented over a three year period, and sets out key national commitments by Scottish Government and local commitments for local government and other partners. There are a number of actions that will be taken forward at a national and local level to deliver successful outcomes.
The commitments are supported by actions that seek to strengthen the skills and competence of the workforce, attract, recruit and retain people in essential job roles.
Over the next 3 years, actions from the strategy will assist local authority verifiers to improve their operational resilience, develop entry points for a career into the building standards profession, and promote building standards as a rewarding professional career in the public sector.
We will work with Local Authority Building Standards Scotland (LABSS) to raise the profile and esteem of the building standards profession. The focus is to attract a more diverse demographic of people into job roles and encourage those with transferrable skills who are looking for a change to see building standards as a rewarding career choice.
Proposals will also be developed for specific building standards training courses leading to relevant qualifications for building standards professionals.
Building standards ambassadors
Promotion of the building standards profession can be done most effectively by the people in those job roles who can speak from their lived experience. On that basis, an Ambassadors’ Network and related outreach programme will be developed and delivered by people already in the profession. Volunteers will be sought to participate in activities to raise awareness of what the building standards profession does.
Competency assessment system
The strategy also includes the development of a Competency Assessment System (CAS) for building standards staff. The CAS provides a consistent set of competencies that are linked to relevant training and work-based learning options to support attainment. The longer-term goal is for the CAS be embedded into a Professional Framework.
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