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Associate Member Q&A

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The Pochin Group recently became an Associate Member of the Scheme so we took the opportunity to ask why they decided to apply and what it means to them.

1. When did you register your first site and why did you decide to apply to become an Associate Member?

We registered our first site in September 2006 and decided to apply for Associate Membership to help improve the image of the construction industry and to represent SMEs within the Scheme.

2. What benefits do you hope to receive by being an Associate Member of the Scheme?

Continued improvement of Pochin’s Considerate Constructors Scheme scores and to lend a voice to SMEs.

3. How will you ensure all of your sites are registered?

All SMs and PMs are responsible for registering sites with the Considerate Constructors Scheme. The Scheme is included within our QA system and also features on the Pochin Monthly Senior Managers Audits.

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Ben Edwards and Ian Walley from Pochin Construction being presented a 2011 Silver National Site Award by Julia Evans, Chief Executive of the National Federation of Builders.

4. How will you ensure that all sites are adhering to the Scheme’s Site Code of Considerate Practice and how will they be supported so that they meet the required standard?

All sites are issued with a Considerate Constructors Scheme file at set up stage. There is a ‘good practice folder’ on the Pochin intranet as a means of sharing ideas between sites. Two Scheme champions assist sites to prepare for upcoming audits and a Scheme action group meet monthly, chaired by the Operations Director.

5. Part of being an Associate Member is to encourage the Scheme’s ‘Company Registration’ initiative – how do you intend to do this?

Pochin Special Project, a smaller division within Pochin Construction is registered with the Considerate Constructors Scheme's Company Registration initiative. Details of Company Registration are listed on pre-let meeting minutes and are covered in the Considerate Constructors tool box talks.

6. What challenges do you anticipate you will face with meeting the expectations of the Scheme?

Achieving 5/5 for outstanding practice within observation categories.