New £3m fund to improve construction procurement

Grant Prior 1 year ago
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Contractors are being offered the chance to grab a slice of a £3m funding put for initiatives designed to improve construction procurement performance.

Training chiefs at the CITB are making the money available through its Improving Performance Through Better Procurement Approaches programme.

CITB is looking to fund projects that explore new approaches to procurement, such as collaborative working through supply chains, to create training solutions that can benefit construction as a whole.

CITB is looking for proposals from:

  • levy-registered employers seeking to improve project performance
  • federations and/or trade associations
  • construction clients or procurement framework leaders who want to support supply partners
  • training providers or consultancies working in construction

Steve Radley, CITB Director of Strategy and Policy, said: “While other sectors have seen increases in productivity in recent decades, construction has lagged behind with weak approaches to procurement playing a key role.

“We want to explore new and more collaborative ways of working that can improve supply chain relationships within procured projects, meaning more housing and infrastructure delivered on time and on budget to the benefit of clients and the construction industry alike.”

Alasdair Reisner, Chief Executive of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association, said: “Our members are seeing significant changes in the way that the sector’s customers are engaging their suppliers, moving away from old transactional approaches to create a whole new business model for the sector.

“Leading clients are looking to work in long-term relationships that are focussed on delivering outstanding outcomes for users, while harnessing new technologies to build more productively.

“Industry needs to harness this new productivity, and we hope that this procurement commission can play a part in securing this”.

Projects can last up to three years in duration. The deadline for expressions of interest is 10 June, while applications must be submitted by 24 June.

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