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Skills & Capability

  • The National Digital Twin (NDT) programme is breaking down barriers to data sharing and one of the first steps taken is the development of the Information Management Framework (IMF) to drive effective information management across our nation’s built environment. The IMF will enable an ecosystem of connected digital twins, the National Digital Twin (NDT) - where high-quality data about the built environment is shared securely, on a massive scale to improve decision making across the UK.

    However, achieving the National Digital Twin is not just a technical challenge. It will require a workforce with the right skills to play their part in supporting the exchange of secure and resilient data across organisations, sectors and the entire built environment in order to make meaningful data-driven decisions.

    That is why CDBB commissioned a two-fold project leading to the publication of a Skills and Competency Framework and a Capability Enhancement programme.

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    The Skills and Competency Framework is a starting point, outlining the skills and competencies needed across a range of relevant roles.  It will take you through: 

    • the skills gap: findings and discoveries from a skills gap analysis across the built environment  
    • skills and competencies: priority skills and related competencies needed to develop and adopt the IMF and support the NDT. The framework is intended to help you to understand the different skills, the level of competency a role needs and what steps may be required for upskilling.
    • role profiles: the roles needed at a national level and at the organisational level identified as a priority in the development and adoption of the IMF 
    • tools: scorecards that represent the extended list of roles and skills needed to develop and support the IMF and digital twins. We encourage you to use these tools to assess and address potential skills gaps. 


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    The Capability Enhancement programme provides organisations and individuals with tools and guidance to understand and cultivate the skills and knowledge they need across the key roles set out in the Skills and Competency Framework. In particular, it sets out:

    • how organisations can assess and enhance their capabilities to implement the IMF and the National Digital Twin via internal training, recruitment, and partnering
    • how individuals can assess and enhance their skills and competency through self-assessment, the choice of a career path (generalist, hybrid or specialist) and the development of bespoke training plans.

    The Capability Enhancement Programme includes a self-assessment survey to help individuals assess their competency level against a chosen role and a training register that provides a starting point for individuals and organisations to develop a training plan.

    Download the Capability Enhancement Programme report


      The Skills and Competency Framework and the Capability Enhancement Programme are a starting point in a journey to help individuals and organisations acquire the skills needed to make the National Digital Twin a reality.

      We are looking for your involvement in testing this first iteration and would be very pleased to hear your thoughts. Take part in the discussions.

      Watch this video for further insights into the steps you can take to help your organization / your clients grow their information management maturity and get ready to become part of the National Digital Twin:



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