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£1.25m funding available for immersive learning projects in construction

Could you develop a pilot which would enable learners in the construction industry to become immersed in an interactive learning environment? The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has opened a second call for funding applications to help solve skills challenges. Immersive learning is the use of digital technologies such as virtual and augmented reality in…

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Michael Gove unveils government’s new Clean Air Strategy

Environment secretary Michael Gove publishes the government’s Clean Air Strategy today, which aims to cut air pollution and save lives, backed up through new primary legislation. Air pollution is the fourth biggest threat to public health after cancer, obesity and heart disease and the government claims that the new strategy sets out how the UK…

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Network Rail announce successor to chief executive Mark Carne

The state-owned operator of Britain’s rail network has announced Andrew Haines is to become its new chief executive, following Mark Carne’s decision to retire earlier this year. Haines will be joining Network Rail after leaving his role as chief executive of the Civil Aviation Authority and comes into the position with a wealth of experience…

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Robotics and AI for safer work: apply for residental and funding

Individuals from a business can attend a 5-day innovation lab to collaborate on ideas and get a share of £15 million via the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, has up to £15 million for businesses and researchers to collaborate on robotic and artificial intelligence (AI) systems that support safer work…

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Rugeley flood scheme wins industry sustainability award

Flood scheme protecting more than 270 homes and businesses, has won the Institution of Civil Engineers West Midlands sustainability award. This award recognises the partnership way of working achieving multiple benefits to the town and the people of Rugeley. Before the £5.2 million scheme was completed, the risk of flooding to the town hampered further development…

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