Improving The Image Of Construction 2013

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On Thursday the 12th September, the Considerate Constructors Scheme held the first ‘Improving The Image Of Construction’ event, where Associate Members were invited to attend a number of workshops on various topics and browse exhibition style stands for more information on the Scheme and other supportive organisations.

The event took place at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, located a stone’s throw away from the NEC. The concept for this event was originally developed at an Associate Members’ meeting, where Associates felt that their colleagues would benefit from attending an event which explained the Scheme and its aims, and provide helpful advice on a number of areas regarding the Code of Considerate Practice.

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Scheme Monitor Malcom Viccars presenting the ‘Scoring Exercise’ workshop

Over 100 industry professionals from Associate Member organisations attended the event, ranging from site managers, health and safety advisors, community engagement managers and many more. The event provided an opportunity for all colleagues at any level to learn more about the Scheme and how they can contribute towards improving the image of construction.

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Attendees chatting in the main room with the exhibition style stands

The event played host to a series of workshops which took place throughout the day:

  • Innovation: An open discussion regarding innovation.
  • What clients want: The chance to hear the clients’ views of what they expect from their contractors.
  • Most improved contractors – “How I won an award!”: A line up of 2013 National Site Award winners who have shown clear progression to answer questions and explain what they did to achieve an award.
  • Scoring Exercise: An interactive workshop designed to help gain a better understanding of how the scoring system works.
  • Associates – it’s your time: Associates have the chance to discuss, share and debate amongst themselves relevant topics, best practices and strategies.

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The ‘What clients want’ workshop, presented by Richard Rust, Sainsbury’s Head of Construction Programme & Delivery

In between the workshops, attendees could browse the exhibition style stands located in the main room at their leisure to learn more about the Scheme. A number of external organisations were also invited to display a stand, and included Construction Youth Trust, Prostate Cancer UK and CIOB.

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Prostate Cancer UK’s stand complete with giant Jenga

The event also marked a very special occasion – Ivor Goodsite’s 10th birthday! For ten years, Ivor has been promoting safety in construction and encouraging the younger generation to consider a career in the industry. The event was the perfect occasion to begin the celebrations with the Scheme’s Associate Members, and more information about how the Scheme will help Ivor celebrate his birthday will follow soon.

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Ivor Goodsite at the event celebrating his 10th birthday

This was the first time the Scheme hosted this event and the feedback has been extremely positive. At the end of the day, attendees were asked to fill out a feedback form to tell the Scheme what they thought. Some of the comments the Scheme received included:

I was really impressed with the day – great workshops and interesting stands. Being able to talk to the Monitors throughout the day was also extremely beneficial.

All very positive and thought provoking. I’m going away with plenty of ideas on how to improve my site!

Excellent, very interesting and helpful in understanding the Scheme’s aims. It was also good to meet other contractors and discuss our sites.

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The Scheme is currently reviewing all the feedback and will use it to improve future events. The Scheme would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who attended and hope that everyone found the day both enjoyable and informative.