In 2013, the government released its Construction 2025 plan, which envisages our industry having a diverse and multi-talented workforce operating under safer and healthier conditions using cutting edge technology.
The plan also talks about construction as a world-leading trade which will be at the forefront of sustainable practice, underpinned by a strong foundation of integrated supply chains and productive long-term relationships.
Now, a few months into 2015, the Considerate Constructors Scheme has already taken some crucial steps to move the industry forward, contributing to some of the ideals set out within the 2025 plan.
Recently the Scheme launched the Best Practice Hub, a comprehensive online resource showcasing best practice, tips, case studies and guidance in the construction industry.
It was created in accordance with the Scheme’s Code of Considerate Practice and is available to anyone free of charge.
The Hub was a real landmark moment for the Scheme, as it not only provides a way to capture best practice, but importantly gives us a place to share it.
The platform will ultimately help constructors learn from their peers and in turn help to raise industry standards across the UK.
We are already seeing examples of best practice being submitted from current constructions sites and where this happens, the source of the ‘idea’ is acknowledged within the Hub.
As the Scheme continues to achieve its long-term goal to improve the image of the industry, a new concept called Ultra Sites will be one of the next initiatives to launch.
Ultra Sites will demonstrate industry-leading best practice and ensure everyone working on a site understands and upholds the considerate standards that have been established.
Ultra Sites is currently running as a pilot, but once we’ve tested it with a number of contractors and reviewed all feedback, we will look to offer it industry-wide.
The image of our industry is crucial as we look ahead for years to come.
Over time, the industry’s reputation hasn’t done much to encourage the younger generation to have a career in construction.
If this industry is to thrive, then ensuring the next generation receives the best education and training possible will be absolutely vital.
At the moment, a career in construction is often seen as something to do when all else fails and until we can change that image, it will continue to be undervalued by society.
At the Scheme, the team has already started to look at developing training modules that can be used in university, college and in the school curriculum to help young people understand the industry and to excite them about a future within it.
An ultimate aim of the Scheme is to showcase what opportunities are available in construction and why they are worthwhile.