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FUTUREquipping Scotland’s workforce for digital future in housing and healthcare

Thursday, November 7, 2019
Grant Reilly

College lecturers from across Scotland have come together to produce a set of innovative new learning materials that combine speciality knowledge and insight on smart housing from three different sectors.

The new learning materials are a product of FUTUREquipped, Scotland’s largest college innovation project to-date.


Co-led by the Digital Health & Care Institute (DHI) and Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC), the FUTUREquipped project brought college lecturers from the construction, health and care, and information technology fields together to work with business on future-proofing skills, training and workforce development.

This included the development of 16 new ‘micro-lessons’ on smart housing, which uses automation and sensor networks to control everything from light switches to heating. The lessons are aimed at developing learners’ understanding of how the three sectors overlap in smart housing, and topics include energy efficient construction, dignity and privacy implications for the use of digital healthcare tools in the home, and ‘meta-skills’ like creativity.

The collection, graded at SCQF Level 6, is hosted by the University of Strathclyde’s Open Access repository Strathprints under a Creative Commons licence meaning it can be accessed from anywhere and downloaded by anyone.

FUTUREquipped received £307,605 from SFC via the Scottish Government’s College Innovation Fund. The project involved over 500 students and 30 college lecturers from 13 colleges. In addition to DHI and CSIC, a further two innovation centres were involved – The Data Lab and Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems (CENSIS) – alongside a pool of industry and education stakeholders who provided input and support.

Karen Watt, Chief Executive of the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), said:

“Colleges are playing an essential part in realising Scotland’s ambition to turn innovation into jobs and prosperity for the future. FUTUREquipped is a fantastic example of this in action, with colleges connecting with business and innovation centres to develop practical resources and education programmes to enhance Scotland’s future skills needs and workforce.”

Professor George Crooks OBE, Chief Executive of the Digital Health & Care Institute said:

“This has been a ground-breaking and collaborative project, bringing the knowledge and expertise from Scotland’s Innovation Centres to further enable and empower the College sector across Scotland to deliver an enthusiastic and enable workforce for the future. We need to build on this type of initiative, which recognises the world of work does not stand still and our education and training provision in Scotland needs to move at the same pace.”

Stephen Good, Chief Executive of the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre said:

“The future of learning is changing. Through innovative cross disciplinary approaches we can help prepare young people for careers in the construction sector that don’t even exist yet. FUTUREquipped was a revolutionary pilot programme which provided a legacy of innovative design thinking that allows Scotland’s colleges to build more collaborative education programmes fit for the needs of the future”.


For further information, please contact Matt Paterson ( or 0784 505 5534)

Notes to editors:

  • About DHI

The Digital Health & Care Institute (DHI) is a national resource funded by the Scottish Government and SFC.  It is a collaboration between the Glasgow School of Art and the University of Strathclyde (its host institution).  We believe innovation in digital health and care will help the people of Scotland live longer, healthier lives, while providing sustainable/ inclusive growth for our economy.  We collaborate, co-design and transform ideas into digital health and care innovations.

The DHI provides engagement; facilitation; project management; service, business, technical and innovation that assists in increasing individuals and organisations readiness to harness digital innovation for impactful results that have real benefits to the system and the citizen.

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  • About CSIC

CSIC supports Scotland’s construction related businesses to innovate, collaborate and grow by matching innovation requirements with business support and academic specialists. Focusing on Business, Product, Process and Service forms of innovation, CSIC offers advice, funding, facilitation and access to the appropriate expertise, improving Scotland’s global competitiveness and growing economic impact.

CSIC facilitates collaboration with Scottish businesses, academia (through 13 partner universities) and public sector organisations, enabling businesses to benefit from Scotland’s world-renowned skills, expertise and fair approach to business in areas such as Infrastructure Delivery, Offsite Construction, Low Carbon Solutions, Architecture and Retrofit.

The Innovation Factory is for anyone within the construction industry to use, with annual membership packages and pay-as-you-go models on offer.

To find out more about the Innovation Factory and how to take advantage of it contact the CSIC team on;, 0141 212 5250 or

  • About the Scottish Funding Council

SFC is responsible for allocating public funds to colleges and universities in support of Scottish Government priorities. 

SFC’s funding contributes towards the costs of learning and teaching, skills development, research, innovation and other costs such as staff, buildings and equipment in Scotland’s 19 universities and 26 colleges. 

SFC’s mission is to invest in the development of a coherent college and university system which, through enhanced learning, research and knowledge exchange, leads to improved economic, educational, social, civic, and cultural outcomes for the people of Scotland.

For further information please contact Matt Paterson: 0784 505 5534 |