FUTURE equipped

How can we prepare Scotland’s workforce to respond to the challenges and opportunities presented by the digital and technical revolution?


Smart Housing brings together the domains of technology-enabled health and care; augmented/ virtual reality; advanced construction; off-site technologies; sensor technology and data. 27 lecturers from 13 colleges across three disciplines are participating in the project and through this medium, FUTUREquipped participants will be introduced to the latest developments in digitally enabled health and care and construction practices. They will be asked to collaboratively develop new teaching modules to integrate learnings from this pilot into respective college courses. DHI and the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSCI) will act as hubs to deliver the programme. Digital, robotic and off-site construction technologies are available in CSIC’s Innovation Factory in Hamilton, whilst the DHI will give the project participants access to the Demonstration and Simulation Environment. The DSE will allow them to test and showcase emerging health and care technologies, and simulate the integration of these technologies and data flows.


This flagship project is funded by the College Innovation Fund, which was launched in 2018 by Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy. Four of Scotland’s Innovation Centres and 13 colleges will collaborate directly with industry to upgrade and future-proof skills, training and workforce development in 3 key areas: Construction and Engineering; Health and Care; and Information Technology.


Impact & Value

Demonstrating new approaches to skills and training to best meet the future needs of industry, led by industry, to:

  • Better equip the workforce of tomorrow to support Scotland’s economy as we take advantage of emerging technologies and new working practices;
  • Help the college workforce to develop the right skills at the right time to become a more attractive employability option to Scotland’s industries;
  • technologies and new working practices. Prepare lecturers to deliver relevant skills training that is required by industry moving forward;
  • Nurture college innovation by creating links to industrial partners;
  • Exploit the opportunities being created through the innovation centre programme.