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Constructing Excellence Midlands will be showcasing at UK Construction Week, as it continues to improve business performance in the region by driving innovation, collaboration and best practice in construction.

In keeping with the event’s celebration of the culture change in the industry, CE Midlands supports and advances the construction sector with knowledge sharing through theme groups and educational resources.

The organisation also engages with government and major public sector bodies to influence policy and industry initiatives – particularly in respect to addressing the net zero agenda.

Andrew Carpenter, chief executive of CE Midlands, said: “We’re looking forward to attending UK Construction Week as Constructing Excellence continues to shift the percept of the enormous collective value that collaboration brings to construction, at a time where we are witnessing a major personnel change in national leadership.

“The construction industry is one of the biggest contributors to carbon emissions globally, so it is vital the new Prime Minister and cabinet seize this opportunity with renewed ambition to give the UK any chance of hitting net zero by 2050 – with SCOPE 3 emissions and continued investment in government-procured projects being a key focus that should be addressed.”

Having launched the first iteration of its innovative Diploma in Collaborative Working in Construction, CE Midlands will be presenting certificates to the 2021-22 cohort at the Sustainability Hub at UKCW.

Carpenter added: “We’re delighted to have the opportunity to celebrate the successes of existing CE members and our graduated diploma cohort at the event. The need for collaborative working within the UK construction industry has never been greater, and that education and training in the construction industry must be a key policy to address the ageing workforce and growing skills gap.

“As this need grows, we’re excited to be launching the second edition of our diploma in 2023 and have a built a fantastic course delivery team of some of the leading professionals in the Midlands construction industry – with modules covering topics including the Value Toolkit, designing for the environment, and quality and compliance.

“Following the success of our several clubs in the West Midlands, we are also expanding our outreach through the launch of a Nottingham club, increasing opportunities for construction professionals in the Midlands to share knowledge and network while discussing the urgent issues facing our industry.”

Constructing Excellence Midlands is exhibiting at stand C106 at UKCW and the team will be available for media briefings at the event.

We are planning an exciting array of events and activities for 2023 most of which will provide members and supporters with excellent sponsorship opportunities, please see document attached.

Sponsorship Packages are available for the events listed below (dates subject to change), if you would like to discuss any of these, please contact me via email at

CLICK HERE to view the full list of opportunities

Download the prospectus here.

We are please to announce the return of our popular diploma in collaborative construction for the 2022/23 academic year.

The course – believed to be the first of its kind in the UK when it initially launched in 2010 before relaunching in 2021 – aims to create and educate the next generation of leaders, as well as encouraging new behaviours, positive disruption and technology-led approaches.

Speakers from Bowmer + Kirkland, Freeths and the NHS will be imparting their knowledge as part of the 12-month online course, which will cover topics including design team integration, team leadership and smart construction.

The diploma is academically benchmarked by the University of Wales and launches with a face-to-face meeting at the NEC in Birmingham, as part of UK Construction Week.

Andrew Carpenter, chief executive of Constructing Excellence Midlands, said: “There can be no doubt that the need for collaborative working within the UK construction industry has never been greater.

“Report after report since the mid-nineties have outlined the necessity for collaboration to replace the traditional adversarial culture and for integrated supply chains to replace the fragmented nature of the sector.

“Education within the industry will play a huge part in this, and that is why this diploma is sorely needed. We’re delighted with the quality of tutors we have secured to deliver the course, which takes place completely online to make it as accessible as possible.”

Ele George, founder of sustainable construction consultancy elevate and a delegate on the diploma in 2021/22, said: “I signed up to the diploma because I wanted to broaden my knowledge on collaborative practices within the construction sector.

“The sessions throughout the course were sufficiently in-depth and delivered to a high quality. They included details on each topic on collaboration in construction without being too long that it took a significant time out of my working day.

“Rather than a specific module, what I found most insightful is that there were several recurring themes running through each section.”


Announcement from Local Authority Building Control

“Some of you will be aware that LABC has been working for some time on initiatives to bring in new recruits to public service building control.

We all know that the building control profession has an aging demographic, and that the requirements of the Building Safety Act will bring additional responsibilities to building control, alongside more stringent requirements for Registration of the profession and Operational Standards and Rules for both public and private sector. All these factors mean that we desperately need to bring new people into the profession, to ensure that we have enough competent people to make the proposed building safety regime work – so that people are safe and feel safe in their homes, where they work and where they play.

We are seeking around 150 new people across England from a wide and diverse range of backgrounds, ages and experience. We are working closely with organisations that support ex-military personnel and with sixth form colleges and other careers services.

New recruits will be taken on a 3-year contract with attractive pay plus fully funded education up to degree level. They will be seconded into local authority building control where they will gain their experiential learning. After 3 years they will be released for permanent employment in local authority teams.

I’m delighted to say that the application process has gone live today, and we will be running assessment centres in London, Manchester and Birmingham in the next few weeks.

I would be very grateful if you could share a link on your social media / comms channels to get information about this opportunity out to as many people as possible.

More information can be found in our press release and by clicking through these links:

Thank you to our colleagues in CABE, CIOB and RICS for supporting this initiative and of course to colleagues in DLUHC and HSE for their tireless work on the building safety programme.”

Please do get in touch if you want any further information Lorna Stimpson: Chief Executive, LABC

NMITE has created two 12-week professional short courses in timber engineering and design (TED1 and TED2) that will be delivered in partnership with Edinburgh Napier University and Timber Development UK. The first course will launched on 26th September 2022 (CLICK HERE TO SEE OVERVIEW). It’s aim is to have both TED courses recognised by CIOB and CIAT

Applications are now live and can be accessed at Timber Technology Engineering Design 1 (Timber TED 1) ( The new, purpose-built “Living Lab”- the Centre for Advanced Timber Technology – will be handed over on 1st September, and NMITE look forward to welcoming the first cohort of professional learners for a residential week on 26th September. There are more exciting projects and events taking shape that will run from the CATT Living Lab from Autumn onwards and these will be shared in due course.

NMITE would really appreciate your help in making this first TED short course a success. Industrial uptake of these short courses will help maintain CATT’s momentum, and demonstrate demand for a BSc in Sustainable Built Environment (launching Sept 2023) which will have timber as a core material.

Please support this important work by nominating a built environment professional in your organisation or network who will benefit from structured professional development in timber engineering design, an expanded professional network, career acceleration, and who is capable of creating value return for the sector and making a positive contribution to addressing the climate crisis.

NMITE are at an advanced stage in securing funding to support the tuition fees of some pioneer learners so please do encourage them to apply at the link above, and do encourage them to get in touch if they need any support in the application process. And finally, do support this work by sharing this opportunity in your networks.

At the CE East Midlands Awards this year Steve Wood of Galliford Try chats to James Carpenter about why he recommends joining CE Midlands and what the ways he feels he benefits from his membership.

Construction Innovation Hub have released their latest video showing how the Value Toolkit will be the catalyst from cost based to value-based decision making.


The purpose of the short Survey conducted on the 18th and 19th July 2022 was to find out from people:

• How important they think Collaboration and Working Collaboratively is;
• Ascertain how much time they spend in Working Collaboratively in delivering successful contracts and projects;
• Whether they had undertaken and training in Collaboration and Working Collaboratively; and
• If so, how long was this training.

The people contacted were from a data base of those who had attended one or more of the Constructing Excellence Zoom webinars hosted by LeadersMeets between 2020 and 2022.







You are invited to take part in Make UK’s national Meet the Buyer event.

Are you looking for new suppliers to solve supply chain challenges or source new technology? Perhaps exploring green technology is on your to do list, or you are looking to move your supply chains to the UK. Or maybe you are in construction and want to build relationships with manufacturers. If so, this event is for you.

This unique event is free to attend for buyers, and will take place on the 29th November from 9am – 5pm, on a virtual platform.

Throughout the day you will have the opportunity to meet new trading partners, through 1-1, secure virtual meetings. You will be able to submit your shopping list of requirements in advance and pre-approve all meetings.

For more information, or to register please email:

According to Alice Cooper, “School’s out for summer.”  But there’s little respite for construction learners as we continue to respond to the conveyor belt of change that keeps delivering up ever more challenges. To name just two in our learning inbox – how to respond to the Building Safety Act and tackle the growing climate crisis.

This month, Martyn Jones reaffirms the need for learning to respond to these challenges but more specifically probes our ability or capacity to absorb and exploit the enormous and ever-growing amount of information and knowledge available to us.

What do we mean by absorptive capacity?  Well, it’s the measure of an organisation’s ability to identify, assimilate, transform, and use external knowledge, research and practice for the benefit of the organisation.  Put simply, it’s a measure of an organisation’s ability to learn and to make use of that learning for value creation and increasing competitive advantage.

The model of absorptive capacity provided in the diagram above breaks it down into its component parts.  It starts with knowledge sources that are available.  And there are many sources of external knowledge available to us including our partners in project teams and supply chains.  We all know how much we rely on the knowledge on offer from specialist and trade contractors and material and component manufacturers.

And beyond the boundaries of supply chains there’s the knowledge to be harvested from trade and professional bodies, universities and, of course, Constructing Excellence’s offerings through events, Here to Learn workshops, case studies, guides to best practice  and the excellent Construction Webinar Series offered in partnership with LeadersMeets.

As can be seen from the diagram, at the heart of absorptive capacity are mechanisms for learning, innovation and value creation, which are needed to transform and exploit potential knowledge capacity and convert it into realised capacity.

The final step in the model are the outcomes: The emergence of increased competitive advantage through enhanced performance, innovation and the shaping of new value propositions.

The clearest and ultimate measure of the effectiveness of our learning and absorptive capacity is the extent to which we increase our competitive advantage.  For example, more satisfied customers, less defects, less waste, less carbon, more value, enhanced reputation, increased profitability.

And we can measure our performance in each part of the model too by scoring ourselves against these typical challenging statements.

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