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Rethinking the skills conundrum:              In Focus - Science and Research

We’ll be exploring the skills conundrum across the UK, bringing you the latest sector insights direct from our teams on-site with their clients – featuring video and commentary from our experts in sustainability, social value, supply chain, talent acquisition and sector specialisms on how we can collectively address rising skills shortages through a demand-led skills revolution.

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    Andrew Wilson

    Operations Director

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Skilful Urban Growth: Unlocking Innovation in Science and Technology Sectors

Andrew Wilson, Operations Director at ISG, shares his thoughts on the company’s latest white paper ‘Rethinking the skills conundrum’ and how we can unlock built environment data to join forces and help equip the UK with the skills required to match future industry demand.

The evolution within the science, innovation, and tech sector is vividly exemplified in the changing perspectives on location. Establishing a presence in pivotal urban hubs like London becomes imperative for securing top talent and nurturing creative collaborations. Consequently, the challenge squarely addresses the interdependence of talent and spatial availability - an important link extensively revealed in ISG's latest research paper into skills.

There is a high demand for specialist, lab-enabled real estate to accommodate the increasing number of companies emerging from the startup stage and aiming to scale up. Construction planning application data can identify the location of these new facilities, providing enhanced visibility to those seeking to benefit from clustering complementary high-tech organisations to boost impact and innovation. Better access to planning data, often siloed, serves as a potent regional and national workforce planning tool.

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Skilful Urban Growth: Unlocking Innovation in Science and Technology Sectors

Andrew Wilson, Operations Director at ISG, provides insight into his thoughts on reading ISG's latest Wide Angle report, 'Rethinking the skills conundrum'.

The importance of leaving a lasting legacy for local communities on our projects

Rhys Hooks and Kate Marsh speaking in front of construction site
Social Value Manager, Kate Marsh and Construction Manager, Rhys Hooks, recently met up to discuss ISG's commitment to leaving a lasting legacy for local communities on our projects and in the areas we work. Whilst Rhys charts his career to date, through the ISG Graduate programme and the opportunities he's had in the Science and Research sector and beyond.

A local needs analysis means that we can see what opportunities there are to make a real impact to local people, local communities and local businesses and what we have in terms of construction and life science is a real synergy with some of the key skills and subject matters that we both need in terms of our industry and skills.

Kate Marsh, Social Value Manager, ISG 

Sir Michael and Professor Alice

The life and work of Imperial College alumnus, Sir Michael Uren, is transforming life-changing research at his former university, and the lives of generations to come.

Matching aspirations to pathways to overcome the skills shortage

ISG’s Talent Development Director, Sarah McKinlay, commented “ISG’s ‘Rethinking the Skills Conundrum’ report highlights the importance young people, and their parents, put on finding a career that suits their interests, has an impact on society, and provides them the opportunity to use their skills whilst being fairly paid for their contribution.
“ISG’s aim is to be an outstanding employer, empowering our people to be the best they can be, and our early careers programmes support this ambition, and the aspirations of the young people surveyed in our research. It’s essential that young people have the opportunity to gain experience and continually learn new skills. Our participation in Open Doors and our early careers programmes provide both this insight, and a focus on gaining inspiring first-hand experience”.

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ISG wins £70m London Regents Quarter offices to labs job

Construction Enquirer highlights the first major phase of plans to redevelop London’s Regent Quarter near King’s Cross into a life sciences-led campus.
Group of ISG early careers employees in PPE working on a construction site rooftop overlooking St Paul's Cathedral London

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