In the project we focus on the importance of innovation and sustainability for SMEs mainly, to support them with regards to:
- Competitiveness: innovation enables SMEs to stand out in a competitive market. In the construction sector, the implementation of new technologies, more efficient materials and sustainable construction methods can give a significant competitive advantage.
- Operational efficiency: innovation in processes and technologies helps to improve efficiency in construction. From the use of drones for inspections to the use of smart management systems, SMEs can reduce costs and construction times, which in turn increases profitability.
- Regulatory compliance: sustainability has become a regulatory requirement in the European Union. Construction companies must adapt to stricter regulations in terms of emissions, resource use and green building standards.
- Reputation and market demand: consumers are increasingly aware of the importance of sustainability. Those construction SMEs adopting sustainable practices will attract more clients looking for environmentally responsible projects.
- Long-term cost reduction: although the initial investment in sustainable technologies and materials may be high, in the long term these investments often translate into significant savings in operating and maintenance costs.
In short, innovation and sustainability are key pillars for the growth and long-term viability of SMEs in construction. Nevertheless, they are currently facing a shortage of workers; a new generation of workers with up-to-date skills is needed to fill this gap. Investing in the education and training of construction workers not only meets current demand, but also prepares the industry to meet the challenges of the future. This involves educational programmes, on-the-job learning opportunities and greater collaboration between industry and training providers to ensure that the skills being taught are aligned with the real needs of the companies.
In the project, we intend to support SMEs through two main pillars:
- Involving them with the Education and Training system, mainly encouraging Apprenticeships programmes.
- Making them aware of the new trends and tasks that the sector faces in the transition towards a greener economy.