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May Overview – Marc Preite

Hi, and welcome to May’s Newsletter.

I have the pleasure of being able to use this platform to celebrate the launch of something we here at CE Midlands are extremely excited about, our “Diploma in Collaboration in Construction”.

During one of our recent webinars, it was stated that “people know the word collaboration but not the behaviours required to deliver it”. I can certainly vouch for this having heard comments such as “its sitting round a table, being friendly and eating biscuits” to “having a non-adversarial contract in place that we do not how to use”. It is so much more. It is not simply a system, process, or contract but a combination of culture, trust and togetherness with the right tools to support effective and efficient delivery.

As our lives and work return to some resemblance of “normal” it is imperative that the learnings and best practices shown during the past year are not lost and we do not, as a sector, revert back to “type”.

The diploma has the core values of Constructing Excellence at its heart and contains 12 modules designed to give delegates the theory and the skills to be able to return to their workplaces and implement the practices. Representatives from Laing O’Rourke, Morgan Sindall and Rider Levett Bucknall are part of 12 tutors who will be sharing their knowledge as part of the twelve-month online course. The diploma – which is working towards level five accreditation with Nottingham Trent University, Wolverhampton University and Swansea University- is taught over a year, with one half-day a month of tutoring, followed by additional reading material, homework and an indication of how what has been learned will be included in the delegates’ day-to-day activities.

Diploma Modules:

1. Introduction to the Principals of Collaboration and Integration in Construction

2. Leadership & Team Management

3. ISO:44001 Collaboration to include Behavioural Science & Psychology

4. Lean & Continuous Improvement

5. Process & Value Stream Mapping

6. Value Toolkit to include the Construction Playbook

7. Design Team Integration

8. Design for the Environment

9. Smart Construction (Digital & Offsite)

10. Quality & Compliance

11. Supply Chain Management

12. Collaborative Forms of Contract

Having been taught on the previous iteration of the diploma as well as helping organisations with service improvement projects utilising this knowledge, I can honestly say, that it has not only changed the way I work and approach projects but has delivered real-life benefits and improvements to value, quality, time, safety and many others by truly working collaboratively.

With the Construction Playbook, the Roadmap to Recovery and Building Safety Bill all calling for more collaborative approaches and it being business imperative post COVID, there is no better time for the industry to embrace & deliver collaboration and disrupt the traditional.

We hope to see you on the diploma!

For further information please visit cemidlands.org where you will find podcasts, webinars and more.

Marc Preite, Capital Works Project Manager for Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHSFT

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