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NTU and Arc Partnership announce new strategic partnership to develop talent, skills, and research in response to future net zero challenges

Arc Partnership and Nottingham Trent University will collaborate to tackle the future net zero challenges affecting public sector commercial and housing property portfolios.

Employees of NTU and Arc Partnership signing strategic partnership agreement
Front L-R: Daniel Maher, Managing Director at Arc Partnership with Dr Andrew Knight, Executive Dean of the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, NTU. Back L-R: Derek Higton (Nottingham County Council), Cllr Reg Adair, Mark Robinson (SCAPE), Ming Sun (NTU), Richard Bull (NTU).

Arc Partnership and Nottingham Trent University (NTU) have announced a new strategic partnership focusing on developing career pathways for growing local talent across the construction sector and sharing insights and opportunities of the skills needed by the future workforce.

The partnership will explore areas of mutual benefit and take a collaborative approach to the sharing of knowledge in response to sector challenges. The partnership will include working with research groups from the University’s School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment and sharing learning from the EnergiSprong approach used by NTU in its Remourban EU Project, a scheme that explored the retrofitting of residential properties in Nottingham.

Arc Property Services Partnership Limited, trading as Arc Partnership, supports public sector clients in the creation of efficient, safe, and sustainable land and property portfolios. Formed in 2016 as a Joint Venture Company between Nottinghamshire County Council and SCAPE, its services include multi-disciplinary property design, consultancy, master planning, regeneration, project and programme management, emergency, reactive, risk management, asset management, and planned maintenance.

Daniel Maher, Managing Director of Arc Partnership, said:

“Against the backdrop of a climate emergency and the local economy rebuilding itself post-pandemic, a focus on employability and maximising the skills and knowledge to deliver on Nottinghamshire’s net zero ambitions has become mission-critical. But it’s no secret that the construction industry is faced with a large skills shortage that may affect its ability to tackle these challenges.

“Our partnership with Nottingham Trent University will enable us to share our industry insight and pool resources to nurture the talent of the future and help to plug the green skills gap.”

Executive Dean Andrew Knight echoed the sentiment, adding:

“Working closely with Arc Partnership presents a unique opportunity for our students to gain first-hand experience of working in industry, allowing them to learn about the real challenges facing professionals.

“It will also enable our students to provide potential solutions for businesses which may not have been considered before, helping shape the sector of tomorrow in new and innovative ways.

“We have ambitions to develop a centre of excellence for low carbon construction skills and retrofitting expertise to help create and retrofit buildings to meet all of society’s sustainability expectations. We see Arc Partnership being pivotal in the development of this, and providing the essential bridge between industry and academia.”

Councillor Reg Adair, vice chairman of the Economic Development and asset Management Committee at Nottinghamshire County Council said the tie-up between the private, public, and university sectors was vital as so many new industries are coming to the fore.

Councillor Adair said: “Today’s students are tomorrow’s workforce and they need to be equipped with the skills and knowledge needed for jobs in the construction, energy, and technology worlds going forward.

“Nottinghamshire County Council recently declared a climate emergency and we are putting the green agenda right at the heart of our pledge to achieve Net Zero by 2030. This is the trajectory of most companies throughout the country and gives a clear indication that the green agenda and achieving Net Zero targets will very much be at the core of local authority and private industry’s plans for the foreseeable future.

“That is why a partnership like this is so important so that we can garner knowledge from industry and the workplace to inform universities of the skills and training needed for jobs over the coming decades. This in turn will no doubt have a significant knock-on effect for the economic prosperity of Nottinghamshire.”

Notes to editors

Strategic partnerships at NTU

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