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CLC recommendations have major FM implications

24 July 2017

A number of recommendations have been made to improve the construction industry, following the Modernise or Die report by Mark Farmer last October.

Commissioned by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) the government has now published a number of recommendations and confirmed its continuing support for the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

However, the latter will be on the basis of a comprehensive review and restructure programme for the CITB, which forms one of 10 recommendations based on the Farmer review.

Further recommendations include the forming of a 'tripartite covenant' between industry, clients and the government to drive necessary changes based on Mark Farmer's report.

More collaboration between industry, clients and government was also recommended through use of the CLC's Business Models work stream activity.

The three participants were also advised to engage further with the CLC's ongoing innovation activities to deliver further benefits to the industry.

Another recommendation was for the reformed CITB to adjust its grant funding model to match the requirements of a modernised and digitally-enabled construction industry.

The response to the Farmer review can be viewed here.

Responding to the recommendations, Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) director of legal and commercial Rob Driscoll and Electrical Contractor's Association (ECA) director of business Paul Reeve issued a joint statement.

They described the CLC's aim for transformational changes as "laudable" and its focus on "whole life asset performance and procurement" - particularly relevant to the FM sector - as "vital to the industry's future success".

The statement confirmed that the BESA and ECA will work with the government and CLC to deliver the changes, with a particular focus on digitalisation.

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