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14

December 2014

Issue 34

SCHEME NEWS

Five year strategy

Three new non-executive Directors

have been introduced who were

not already Scheme Monitors

and who could represent three

key areas of the industry – large

construction companies, SMEs and

construction clients.

With the newly appointed Board

members, the Scheme’s Board held

two facilitated business planning

days to consider the overall

direction and future strategy for the

Scheme.

From these came a revised

direction for the Scheme and an

updated 5 year strategy:

The five year strategy for the Scheme

to the end of 2018 is to become

the central hub for best practice in

considerate construction, to use

that information to give advice and

guidance to contractors and clients

on best practice and to promote

recognition and understanding of the

Scheme and its aims to stakeholders

in the Scheme and wider industry.

THE CCS VIRTUOUS CIRCLE

The relationship between the

Scheme’s goals, based on the

agreed 5 year strategy, has been

worked up to form a circle of

activities, the CCS virtuous circle,

around the core administration and

process of the CCS.

The circle illustrates how the

Scheme promotes recognition and

understanding of the Scheme and

the Code of Considerate Practice,

how stakeholders come to the

Scheme for advice and guidance

and how sites, companies and

suppliers register with the Scheme,

apply the advice and are then

monitored and awarded. This

drives further recognition and

understanding thereby completing

the circle.

The core of the Scheme has always

been in registering, monitoring

and awarding construction sites,

companies and now suppliers

and through this the Scheme has

built up a strong presence in many

sectors of the industry. Currently

the Scheme offers limited advice

and guidance services to the

industry and focuses mainly on

measuring what the industry does

rather than assisting it in how to

do it. The Strategy for the next

five years focuses on developing

recognition and understanding

in areas where the Scheme has

limited penetration and to develop

a comprehensive advice and

guidance service.

ADVICE AND GUIDANCE

The Scheme will develop a ‘Best

Practice Hub’ – an online resource

for Scheme stakeholders to find

information on how to achieve

the highest standards against the

Scheme’s Code of Considerate

Practice. Once the hub is in place

the Scheme will develop an

advisory service where Scheme

advisors visit registered sites,

companies and suppliers to advise

on how they can best implement

the requirements of the Scheme.

These advisors will use the hub

as the key resource providing

information on what other sites,

companies and suppliers have

done and what best practice

is already documented in the

industry.

As well as one-to-one and bespoke

advice to users, the Scheme will

refresh its training events with

a broader range of options for

participation that may include

conferences, breakfast meetings or

on-site presentations.

To encourage recognition and

understanding of the requirements

of the Scheme from the start of a

construction career, the Scheme

will also work with universities and

colleges to develop a curriculum

that includes training on considerate

best practice again based on the

information in the hub.

With the importance of the Scheme to the construction industry continuing to

grow, in 2013 the Board of the CCS, in consultation with its owners, recognised the

need to broaden the range of experiences of its Board members.