The Action Plan for a prosperous Construction Industry
(Quoted from Building Britain, by the Center
for strategic studies in construction, University of Reading.)
This Article is about: The recommended action plans for a prosperous Construction Industry as a strategic construction management, with a highlight on construction trends.
1. Education and Training
1.1 - Education
Key message: Educational courses must be integrated
There is too little shared knowledge of the design and construction process. The architect understands design but often lacks detailed knowledge of the nuts and bolts (of building assembly,
while the contractor understands the problems of forming day joints in the concrete but not necessarily the engineering design principles.
Mutual understanding should start with unified common courses in the early stages of
higher education. One teaching institution is unlikely to teach all building-related disciplines, but cross-fertilization
between disciplines is necessary. A common first year, or better
still first and second year, syllabus is ‘needed for all those
studying to the construction professionals.
Education does not stop with a degree or professional qualification, and continuing professional development is crucial to everyone
involved in building. All professionals have an obligation to
keep abreast of developments in their fields. We should all
expect to learn new techniques over the course of our working
Action : Educational
establishments should consider a common element to their
construction- related courses. Course structures at present are
stereotyped towards particular discipline such as architect,
engineer builder or surveyor. We should give as broad an
education as possible at the outset and stop-putting people into
pigeonholes at such an early stage of their course.
collaboration between practitioners and academics at one level
and government and the professional institutions at another
would produce a better basic understanding and would also
improve continuing professional development for everyone.
1.2 - Training
Key message: Easier access is needed to training, including mid-career training
Over the past decade there has been a reduction in training caused by
the downturn in work- load coupled with the rise in
self-employment. The new government training schedules and
initiatives have not always been appropriate to all sectors of
new build, employers often argue that trade training is too
intensive for their needs, while in repair and maintenance, its
argued that trade training is both too narrowly based and at the
same time pursued at a greater depth than is needed for a high
proportion of the work.
Existing workers need
to be retrained and encouraged to learn new skills, especially
as the average age of the work force will climb owing to the
sharply reduced number of school and college leavers.
professionals in the industry also need to be retrained to take
advantage of he information society. Computer-aided design and
drawing is still used by only a small numb of organizations;
the problem lies in the training personnel to accept change
rather than in lack of suitable technology. This need runs right
through the industry, for example, estimators should be able to
use computers as management tools and so reduce the need to
collect and collate data.
more students who enter the construction industry should do so after full-Lime
schooling in craft skills. If Britain wants a first class
building industry we should follow the lead taken by other
European countries and invest more in skills training.
greater use is made of off-site pre-fabrication and assembly of
components, so the industry must develop a strategy for training.
Traditionally, training must has been based on the generally
tried and tested craft skills. New entrants to the industry need to be trained in
greater breadth so that an operative will be better equipped to
make the most of technical change.
must provide more facilities for adult training. As the number
of school leavers falls, much greater use could be made of adult
training for people who ore out of work or seeking to change
their careers. Repair and maintenance is growing and it requires
multi-skill operatives. Training in specialist skills should be provided
for unemployed people.
to training for professionals and administrators is of
particular concern. The construction industry is very dispersed
and there are thousands of small local firms and practices that
cannot afford the cost and time involved of having people away
from the workplace.
need to recognize and provide for flexible, drop-in and open
access courses, which reduce time away from the workplace.
message; Give clients a service with a single-point
want completion on budget, on time, and value for money but above
all they rightly expect their buildings to work when they are delivered.
There is a need for single point responsibility where the risks and responsibilities for the finished building are clearly defined
and controlled by the party best suited to carry the responsibility with a fair return.
This is not a plea for design and build contractual arrangements, merely for further evaluation of how the industry does business.
A completely new approach might be to copy the idea of the Japanese enterprise groups where collections of companies are
bound together by cross- directorship and financial interest.
A long-term relationship helps the development of a better
understanding and provides a framework for providing single
should consider how they can give clients single point
responsibility and they should explore new ways of working to