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CITB funding new projects to increase productivity and profits

22/05/2018

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is funding four new projects valued at £500,000 to reduce errors, defects and rework during construction work, increasing productivity and profitability.

The projects come following successful bids by Berkeley, Kier, and Vinci – supported by The Get It Right Initiative (GIRI) – and the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) for the Productivity Commission, a new approach to CITB funding which encourages collaborative working.

The projects will work together to change behaviours at key points in the construction process, with the occupations that have been identified as having the greatest potential to increase productivity by reducing rework. Each project will develop short training modules to be delivered either face-to-face or online, piloted with their supply chains and then once completed, shared and available for the whole sector to implement.

Through CITB-funded research, the Get It Right Initiative (GIRI) has identified that the overall estimated cost of avoidable errors to British construction is approximately 21% of project cost – around £21bn per year – and far greater than the average profit margin for a typical construction project.

Kier has been awarded £94,340 to reduce rework from errors and defects by creating a culture of ‘right first time’ with organisational and project leaders.

Vinci will receive £115,945 for their bid which will reduce errors and rework by improving behaviours in quality and standards for project supervisors and managers.

Berkeley’s bid to reduce errors, defects and rework during construction has been granted £103,891. The project includes introducing collaborative planning at design interfaces, for example, holding planning meetings where the architect can share information with the construction team.

The FMB are set to receive £127,952 to deliver L5 qualifications to their members who are project managers working on energy efficiency retrofitting. These qualifications will reduce error margins and therefore the need for rework.

Geeta Nathan, Head of Economic Analysis at CITB, says: “I’m pleased to announce CITB will fund these four new projects, designed to address issues at all levels to prevent errors and defects across British construction. These issues cost the industry around £21bn each year, not to mention the time and effort they take to correct, lowering productivity levels. Clearly, it’s absolutely vital that we work together as an industry to reduce errors and improve profit margins, and I’m proud CITB is able to drive these valuable initiatives forward.”

Tom Barton, Head of the Get It Right Initiative, says: “Error costs our industry 21% of turnover. A key aim of the Get It Right Initiative is to develop training to drive out error. We are absolutely delighted that the CITB has awarded Grants to the three GIRI consortia and we are looking forward to working with everybody to develop and deliver training that will fundamentally improve the way the Industry operates.

Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, says: “Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), says: “This funding to deliver energy efficiency retrofitting qualifications to our members has the potential to make a huge difference. It will allow small and medium-sized construction firms to gain valuable knowledge on this important topic and ensure they’re well-placed to install measures effectively and also provide better advice to home owners. A greater understanding of energy efficiency retrofitting is important as it has the potential to vastly reduce the amount of carbon emitted from existing properties and help the UK achieve its 80% carbon reduction targets by 2050.”

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