Drinks Reception 2015
Industry professionals at the forefront of construction joined the Scheme as it hosted its second annual Drinks Reception at London’s Science Museum this week.
The event was held in the stimulating surroundings of the Kensington museum’s Making of the Modern World Gallery on Thursday 26 November.
Providing an excellent networking opportunity for over 100 guests from the Scheme’s Associate Members, Client Partners, Company Partners, registered suppliers and other supportive organisations, the event was a celebration of the industry and a glimpse into future developments.
Scheme Chairman, Mike Petter, extended a warm welcome to guests and provided an update and overview of key initiatives aimed at helping to improve the image of the industry.
Building Social Value
Among the topics Mike spoke about were the Building Social Value assessment which shows how effective a construction site is at creating social value within the local community, local economy and local environment.
Introduced in support of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012, Building Social Value provides a framework enabling sites and companies registered with the Scheme to collate and communicate their social value results in a clear and quantifiable way.
Star performance rated posters
Mike also outlined the Scheme’s proposed performance posters which will enable registered sites to publicly display their star-rated Scheme score achievements. Members of the public will immediately be able to gauge a site’s considerate performance by the posters which can be displayed on hoardings or alongside their standard site A1 posters at the site entrance.
The performance posters will act as visual representations of how the organisation is performing in terms of considering its appearance, the community, the environment, workforce and safety.
Online public portal
Lastly, Mike spoke about the online public portal currently in development which will be free to use and allow users to search for all registered construction activity as well as industry events. Details will be available for all registrations alongside information on Associate Members, Company Partners, Client Partners and Scheme Supporters. The online portal will be accessed via the Scheme’s website.
All of the above will be available from January 2016.
Providing a presentation on the CITB’s Go Construct initiative to encourage more people into the industry was CITB’s Strategic Partnerships Director, Sarah Fenton.
Sarah spoke about the initiative which is aiming to encourage new talent from a range of backgrounds into the many and varied roles which exist within the construction industry.
Funded by the CITB levy, the campaign is designed to address the construction skills shortage affecting the whole industry, and intends to help fill more than 220,000 new vacancies created over the next five years.
Once again this annual event proved to be a resounding success, providing guests with a unique opportunity to hear of the latest Scheme and industry developments in truly inspirational surroundings.
Guests were provided with drinks and canapes throughout the evening, while being given an exclusive opportunity to view the gallery which showcases a series of exceptional objects which set new benchmarks in technology and science, ultimately framing our world.
Iconic items such as Stephenson’s original Rocket locomotive and Babbage’s Difference Engine No.1, are all laid out in chronological order from 1750 to the present day.
The Scheme would like to thank those who attended and looks forward to introducing the initiatives discussed early next year.