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Contact | Mar 12 CIOB News


Editor’s letter

Lots going on as we head into spring. The Institute is busy, as ever, making its voice heard on the key issues facing the industry, particularly on eco initiatives such as the Green Deal (see main story on cover page) and the issue of scrapping BREEAM for school construction (see below left). Good to see too that members value what their membership means, such as the worth of CPD in helping get to grips with new trends like BIM (see left). The Novus momentum

continues to spread like wildfire with new groups launching in Scotland and the South West and the newly- formed East of England Novus growing its committee (see page 42-43). Student members have also been busy in the regional heats of the annual Student Challenge which takes place on 14 March at Englemere. At the time of going to press many heats were still underway, although some winners have already been decided (see page 38). Look out for a report on the final competition in the next issue of Contact. Good luck to all finalists. Don’t forget that Contact

is for members and about members, so if you have any news or comments you wish to share with us please do get in touch.

Nicky Roger Editor


Opportunities exist, but competition is still tough, says recruitment expert

managing director at Hays Construction and Property. “It is still early days to tell whether this trend will continue, but there are positive signs for the industry.” The firm also reports that civil engineering remains

strong despite investment cutbacks, thanks to progressing rail and power infrastructures such as Crossrail and HS2. Other projects, including London skyscrapers such as the Cheesegrater and Walkie Talkie, are also continuing to create opportunities. However, Bredin adds a note of warning to

Encouraging news for the sector comes from the latest trends analysis from Hays Construction, recruitment consultant experts. Hays reports a noticeable increase in the number of high-end residential refurbishment related roles over the past few months, a trend it predicts will continue. There is also demand for site managers with SMSTS and first aid, while high- profile UK projects, such as the Olympics, have led to the demand for a number of legacy roles such as landscaping. “Whilst the UK construction industry remains cautious we have seen an increase in activity in some specific skill areas,” says Andrew Bredin,

construction professionals. “All of this is encouraging news, but employers are still being sent a large number of applications and therefore construction professionals need to do all they can to ensure they stand out from the crowd. They need to be smart in their approach to job hunting, target specific vacancies with tailored applications that show how the skills and experience they have meet the requirements of the role. “We have seen employers asking candidates at

interview for examples of their work such as photos of projects they have taken part in or risk assessments and method statements. Now, more than ever, organisations are looking to secure the very best professionals to ensure their business is running efficiently and cost effectively as they prepare for future growth.”

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New measures strengthen Professional Review

The CIOB is changing its Professional Review process — the way in which chartered membership is approved. The new assessment

process will provide greater transparency and clarity of standards and makes the competences criteria more robust and verified. The new method will

make the need for interview

redundant in most cases, giving way to a system that is independently quality assured. Interviews will only remain as a safeguard where there is any doubt or where a candidate prefers to be interviewed. “Protection of the Institute’s

standards is the only reason for making these changes,” said CIOB president, Alan Crane. “In both the old system

and the new the standards remain the same, but we are producing a much more robust assessment regime. “Members who have been

involved in the development process and consultation have told us that the new processes provide stronger safeguards for the Institute and add considerably more objectivity in the assessment processes.”

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