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Train for skills in demand

Policy changes will only deliver the desired urban renaissance if they are implemented by people with the skills to make them work. The quality of urban design, the ability to assemble development sites, the standards of project management and long-term maintenance all are affected by the available skills-base.

People with expertise in urban design, planning and property development within central and local government are essential assets.  Steady flow of new professionals and sufficient inter-disciplinary dimension of career training for relevant professions are necessary to push forward urban development. In the short term, training and attachment programmes should be established so that policy makers in central, regional and local government would learn from urban development organisations and partnerships on the ground. In the longer term, the government should work with academic and professional institutions to eliminate skills gap over the next five to seven years.

A network of centres to co-ordinate training in cross-professional skills and to disseminate evidence of best practice and innovation are beneficial. These regional resource centres for urban development would take a holistic approach, covering construction and development issues, partnership and management arrangements and wider strategic issues, including community involvement. Access to training would benefit community representatives involved in area regeneration, as well as professionals.

bulletEstablish joint working between professional, institutions, education providers and employers to develop a plan of action for improving the skills-base in urban development over the next five to seven years.
bulletDevelop a network of regional resource centres for urban development, promoting innovation and good practice, co-ordinating urban development training, and encouraging community participation in the regeneration process.
bulletEstablish a five-year programme of international secondments with the aim that at least 2,000 professional staff and trainees benefit from the exposure to international best practice.