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Egan targets being met by industry

The Strategic Forum claims that the industry is working well to achieve targets set out by Sir John Egan in his 2002 report Accelerating Change.

The body claims that the industry has exceeded a target set to recruiting workers at both craft and professional levels, which was set at 300,000 by 2006.

According to a Labour Force Survey there was a net increase of 253,731 people recruited into the industry between 2002 and 2007, but taking into account the number of people that will have left in that time the target was exceeded.

Strategic Forum chairman Mike Davies said: “It has been a considerable achievement over the last five years to recruit 300,000 qualified people into the industry and to bring about a 50 per cent increase in the number of applications to built environment higher and further education courses.”

The forum also reports that more than 600 projects were using design quality indicators by the end of 2004, exceeding the target of 500, and that considerable progress has been made since then to have all publicly funded and Private Finance Initiative projects using DQIs.

But Mr Davies admitted that more needs to be done on supply chain and project team integration.

He said: “Whilst most parts of the industry recognise that integrated working is taking place, and can demonstrate the benefits that arise from this, it has not extended as widely as the Accelerating Change report had intend, or as the industry would like.”

The Strategic Forum will now draw up an action plan to highlight what needs to be done and the targets will be revealed on 11 June.