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9 August 2001Graham Watts
Agenda : Viewpoint
31May91 UK: EDITORIAL COMMENT - OUTGOING CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY COUNCIL CHAIRMAN URGES UNITED POLICY. (1 OF 2)
30 May 1991CNPLUS
Founded little more than a year ago after the Institution of Civil Engineers agreed to join what was then the Building Industry Council, the Construction Industry Council has in its short life demonstrated its potential as a new voice for the industry.But Ted Happold, due next week to hand the CIC chairmanship on to his successor, is reconciled to the fact that the council will remain the creature of the industry's professional institutions for the time being and won't develop immediately into an all-industry body with employer representation.He told Construction News: 'Speaking with a single voice is certainly an important question that confronts the industry, especially now that Michael Heseltine has berated us over the multiplicity of bodies with whom he has to consult.'But on many issues you can't expect the industry to speak with one voice. The reason for that is quite simple. Not everyone shares the same point of view. The contractors look at things in a quite different way from the architects for example and it often appears that their interests are diametrically opposed.'You can only expect the industry to speak with one voice in matters where everyone shares a common interest. The old Group of Eight showed that about the only thing that everyone could agree on was the industry's workload or lack of it.'It doesn't seem that we shall be able to form the third college for CIC comprising the employer federations as we had hoped. But there are other ways in which we can tackle the need for a common voice and that I believe will be the most important task for my successor to attempt.'What we need now is an economic and industrial group that can examine issues affecting the whole industry and pronounce upon them from time to time. If it were constituted in the right way, this could be a most influential body with ministers and with the public at large, for it would speak for an industry representing about 10 per cent of the gross domestic product.'As I see it, this group would look at the economic situation of the industry as a whole and be able to advise the Government of the day on what should be done in the interests of both the industry and the national economy.'We do need to look after ourselves in this respect. The Government cannot be assumed to be necessarily on our side. Often the people in power at Westminster and in Whitehall see us as no more than a useful economic moderator.'This economic overview is something we ought to tackle as a single industry. It would probably best be done by a committee of presidents. The building and civil engineering employers set up their joint presidents' committee with the building material producers which has now become the Construction Industry Employers Council.'Perhaps it would be possible to set up a wider body on these lines to enable CIC and CIEC to collaborate for the economic good of an industry comprising professional institutions as well as employers. The need for a common approach to the industry's problems on a macro-economic scale I believe is the biggest single issue facing the industry today.'I sincerely hope my successor will be able to tackle that one and to report some progress by the time he too has to hand over to his successor'.Since its formation last year the Construction Industry Council has come a long way in a short time. It is already recognised by the Government as an influential force, representing as it does all the chartered institutions, a large number of incorporated technicians bodies and employer bodies with close professional connections.CIC started out with two committee reflecting the major issues as they were seen at the time: education and training, and research and development.But other major policy issues have surfaced since then, notably the environment and the efforts of the European Commission to produce a measure of harmony in its various draft directives on liability and insurance.At the present time CIC is concentrating on one of the most important educational issues that has ever faced the professional institutions, that of the developing movement for national vocational qualifications. It has played a major part in founding the Construction Industry Standing Conference which together with CITB is one of the industry's lead bodies for NVQ purposes.As reported recently, CIS has received the first-stage results from the occupational mapping exercise commissioned in collaboration with the Training Agency. The standing conference has in fact a brief to examine the whole range of education and training issues in the industry. From this standpoint CIC enjoys a unique advantage because it has all the qualifying bodies in membership.
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