This article sets out our thinking about Constructing Excellence qualifications.
As the sector emerges from recession, the CE Vision work building on Construction 2025 recognises the need for major advances in the quality of people capable of leading and managing the delivery of best practice in the sector, from clients and supply side alike. We see a ‘burning platform’ of competing demands from customers, regulators, supply chains etc, and radical ideas are required in order to meet these needs, requiring major upskilling in client skills just as the industry workload picks up and capacity constraints are once again encountered.
Market feedback has confirmed that there is a demand for formal qualifications. How else can eg large programme clients demonstrate their capability to eg regulators, customers and other stakeholders? For clients, the agenda is “Informed Clients”. This agenda is currently defined de facto by CCG via its Clients’ Commitments best practice guidance and also by the debate about ‘intelligent’ clients. For the supply side the matching ‘mirror’ theme is “leadership development”. Sub-themes include collaborative working, lean, BIM, sustainability, respect for people delivering best practice, etc etc. Again the Construction Commitments provide a helpful framework.
Through the CE movement we have a number of sources of quality learning material, from our regional centres to international partners to training organisations approved by our own Awarding Body CELL.
Modules/Awards already available from CE partners include:
- Collaboration in construction
- business strategy
- change management
- leadership and team management
- Lean and continuous improvement
- Process mapping & problem solving
- Performance management & benchmarking
- Collaborative planning & project management
- Value management & value engineering
- Risk management
- Visual management
- Open book cost management – principles
- OBCM – applications
- Collaborative procurement
- Supply chain management
- Collaborative forms of contract
- BIM – the business case and its implementation
- Sustainable construction
- Insulation and building techniques
- Electronic and emergency systems
- Various courses and modules for designers to learn how design out hazards and risks for those affected by their decision making
We plan to develop the above strategy during 2015.