New engineered wood training course for builders have been launched with help from construction consultant C4Ci.

C4Ci has assisted southeast England training provider Gateway to SusCon develop the modules. The first 10 students took the course in June, with another four sessions being delivered by the end of the year.

Work began late last year to write and accredit a curriculum of 30 training courses to ensure training meets the new needs of the construction industry.

C4Ci is working with Gateway to SusCon to develop modules in engineered timber and wood technology and coach the SME builder on getting himself ready for the changes he will encounter as the Code for Sustainable Homes is applied across the country within the private sector.

C4Ci director James Sweet, who teaches the modules personally, said construction industry trainees currently went through City & Guilds training but thje move to modern methods of construction demanded new skill sets and better informed business knowledge.

Modules have been developed to teach how I-beams and prefabricated floor and wall cassettes work and interact with other building elements.