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ICE Learning Hub Update - Sustainable infrastructure

The Learning Hub is now offering a series of modules designed to help assist you achieve State Of The Nation and Net-Zero targets.

The Learning Development team has developed a series of modules to help infrastructure
The Learning Development team has developed a series of modules to help infrastructure

Following ICE's State of the Nation 2020: Infrastructure and the 2050 net-zero target launch, the Learning Development team has developed a series of modules to help infrastructure and built environment professionals with reducing emissions by implementing new technologies.

Furthermore the VLE will be promoting a NEW series of soft skills courses in line with the UN’s World Youth Skills day on 15 July.

Please note that all CPD programmes can be accessed on the Learning HUB through the MyICE dashboard.

Intelligent assets for tomorrow’s infrastructure

Sustainable Infrastrcuture

How is digital technology transforming the way we understand and manage infrastructure assets? In this module, Professor Duncan McFarlane of Industrial Information Engineering at Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure & Construction, will guide you through his vision for intelligent infrastructural asset management and the development towards increasingly intelligent infrastructural assets.

Analytics-led asset management

Analytics Management

How can technology and data help us develop a strategic approach to infrastructure assets? In this programme, Jonathan Jarrit, Director of Strategic Consulting and Technology of Amey Consulting, presents his thoughts on analytics- led asset management. He will look at how using widely available data to analyse situations can bring better value to assets with a view towards meeting the 2050 vision.

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Arup Industry Reports

This series of industry reports is the result of research conducted by Arup Foresight, identifying and analysing the major trends shaping the future of the built environment.

ARUP Foresight works across a broad range of sectors to contextualise the impact of global trends and make decisions that build resilience for the future.

Living Workplace

Living Workplace

The character of the office is being redefined towards a more fluid entity, capable of expanding and contracting on demand. Technology allows us to work anywhere and at any time. Creation of value is no longer fixed to a physical space so we are witnessing an extreme diversification of working styles and patterns.

To reinstate the workplace as a destination, employers and developers are experimenting with alternative modes of working. Moreover, offices are being embedded as the beating heart of mixed-use developments blending public space with retail and lifestyle offerings. This is a critical moment to recalibrate our understanding of the workplace.

This report considers a broad spectrum of research and trends relevant to this transforming typology, including digital services, emerging business models and workforce wellbeing. By analysing what aspects need immediate attention and action, the report aims to help developers, tenants and designers better understand the forces shaping the workplace of the future.

Future schools

Future of Schools

Equipping students with the skills needed to thrive in a rapidly changing and unpredictable work landscape is an ongoing challenge for schools. We have a duty to not simply teach students what to think, but how to think, in order for them to deal with growing complexity. This report identifies the key drivers shaping the future of schools, focusing on pre-tertiary education, and how our understanding of education is evolving.

Insights into the challenges faced by students and educators alike demonstrate the need to proactively shape school environments to offer opportunities that develop future skills and nurture self-reliance.

Re-thinking timber buildings

Rethinking timber

Urbanisation and human population growth are increasing the pressure on our planet’s precious resources. Around 2 billion square metres of new building stock are needed every year between 2019 and 2025. Global emissions (CO2) have increased by almost 50% since 1990. The construction industry alone produces around 15% of these global emissions. Therefore, we need a radical rethink in our approach to construction to deliver a net zero built environment.

Timber is one of our most traditional construction materials and has a key role to play on both sides of the net zero balance. Forest enhancement is a crucial part of emissions mitigation as trees absorb carbon from the atmosphere to grow. Timber is also less carbon intensive to manufacture, transport and erect than steel and concrete structures. Therefore, increasing the use of timber in our buildings will reduce the carbon impact of construction. A thriving sustainable forestry sector also contributes to the non-urban economy, reducing urbanisation.

This wide-ranging report explores seven different perspectives on the use of timber in building design and construction.

UN World Youth Skills day

Ahead of the UN World Youth Skills day on 15 July, the VLE is now offering a variety of brand new courses including the following:

Absence Management

Absence Management

Whether planned or unplanned, short or long term, employee absence can affect productivity and morale at work. That’s why it’s so important for both the employer and the employee to work together to keep unplanned absences down while managing planned absences.

This module will illustrate general best practice for reporting and certificating sickness absence at work, handling your return to work and touching on serious and long-term illness. It will also explore the various possibilities for contractual planned absence and detail an employee’s statutory rights for parental leave and the return to work.

A Positive Aspect

Positive Aspect

A positive perspective allows us to perceive every situation in a proactive, productive light, focusing on positive outcomes instead of being weighed down by negativity. This change in perspective can have a similar positive effect on our relationships with other people, at home and in the workplace.

This module will establish the value of a positive perspective at work. It will explore how reframing the way we think can revolutionise the way we relate to everything around us, even transforming the way we speak, and provide some of the tools you can use to begin to change your approach to work.

Communicating with Respect

Communication with customers is the cornerstone of any business, whether in writing like an email or a letter, over the phone or in person.


This module will establish the importance of communicating with your customers in a respectful and productive manner. It will explore how reassessing the way in which you treat your customers can transform your relationship with them and will provide some of the tools you can use to change your approach to communication at work.