Influencing the next generation
“The course provides a really good introduction to carbon management in the built environment and the knowledge to respond to carbon reduction targets, aimed at apprentices,” Simon says.
Why apprentices? “It’s really important to influence the next generation of construction leaders. Apprentices get asked to do a lot of things, but they might not understand the context behind it,” he says.
“We’ve had great feedback. One trainee said: ‘Carbon Coach was excellent as it taught me about what was happening to the world due to climate change and how this fits into my role with working in the construction industry.’”
Flexible ‘bite-sized’ learning
Using video, images, text and activities, Carbon Coach is made up of four modules on climate change, energy, low carbon design and energy management.
Each module takes around 30-45 minutes to complete and as they progress, learners develop their understanding of the link between climate change and the built environment. Passing a short quiz at the end of each module – a score of at least 80% is required – enables them to progress to the next.
“People can do it in their own time. There’s a lot to take in, but you can do the course in bite-sized chunks. Doing one module at a time means the content resonates better,” he says.
And it’s not only apprentices gaining the benefits of an online course they can fit around studies and work. The Esh Group team can easily log in at any time to update content and see user data on completed courses.
There were challenges along the way. The hardest part of developing the course was deciding what to include, says Simon.