CITB contributes £300,000 to the Get It Right Initiative consortium teams to reduce error in construction

Avoidable error costs UK construction around £20bn a year - a figure far greater than Industry profit. The Get It Right Initiative (GIRI) was launched in 2015 with a singular aim to significantly reduce error in UK construction. GIRI is a collective of industry experts, organisations and businesses invested in improving the culture, knowledge and skills required to reduce error. GIRI's membership includes clients, architects, consultants, contractors, lawyers and insurance companies.

GIRI members have come together to create three consortium teams, led by Berkeley Homes, Kier, and Vinci, and submit funding bids to The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) for essential training to eliminate error and, in doing so, improve productivity. The successful bids will receive a total of £300,000 from the Productivity Commission, a new approach to CITB funding which encourages collaborative working.

Berkeley Homes, Hochtief and Sir Robert McAlpine, supported by Hoare Lea and Bennetts Associates, will be developing Training Across Interfaces to address issues in design management and construction planning. This team will also develop training to improve the skills of Design Managers to ensure effective design coordination, interface management, sequencing, planning and scheduling of trades.

VINCI, BAM Nuttall and Costain have received funding for Supervisor & Manager Skills Training aimed at reducing avoidable error by improving planning, re-planning, decision making, supervisory, management and communication skills.

Kier, Balfour Beatty, JN Bentley and Galliford Try will be delivering Leadership Training to address productivity issues through the creation of an error avoidance culture'. This programme is for senior project team members, across all disciplines, and aims to improve communication, collaborative working, early identification of errors and bring about a better understanding of where errors typically arise.

The three pilot training schemes will run over an 18 month period, with two thirds of the activity being funded by CITB, and one third being contributed in kind by consortium members. GIRI will facilitate the schemes which are being delivered by education consultancy Think Up and Hard Hat Training Services. The delivery teams will constantly assess and improve the schemes as they develop, presenting a summary of achievements to quarterly GIRI Members Meetings. Acquired knowledge will be shared via GIRI, through reports, events and webinars to support learning and a reduction of error across the wider Industry.

Tom Barton, Executive Director of the Get It Right Initiative, says: "Error costs our Industry approximately 21% of project cost. A key aim of the Get It Right Initiative is to develop training to drive out error. We are absolutely delighted that the CITB has awarded Grants to the three GIRI consortia and we are looking forward to working with everybody to develop and deliver training that will fundamentally improve the way the Industry operates.
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