Our Fairness, Inclusion & Respect (FIR) behavioural change programme is starting to make a real difference to our industry, making it a better place to work by encouraging fairer, more inclusive and more respectful attitudes and behaviours.
The industry needs more people to build the homes, buildings and infrastructure that are required by the UK’s growing population. The demands are clearly laid out in the National Infrastructure Pipeline and “Fixing our broken housing market”.
Our workforce is ageing and lacks diversity (Glenigan2016). The majority are over 45, only 13% women and 4% ethnic minorities. We are unattractive to young people with only 8% of our workforce under-25.
Working with CECA and with funding from CITB we have prepared and shared a range of materials on fairness, inclusion and respect, to boost industry capacity to address the issue, at all tiers of the supply chains.
The activities we undertook:
Some of the results:
As a result of this work the industry now has a set of free, on-line resources to enable all leaders, employees and supply chain partners to begin to address FIR. By addressing FIR companies will help address the skills and talent gap facing the industry, improve safety, collaboration, productivity and innovation
The key impacts that respondents reported as a result of training were;
Over 95% of companies supported, rate the quality of training as excellent or good
recruited and supported in a national network of ambassadors that is now set to grow to 500
on our poll of over 700 construction employers only 21% monitor the diversity of their staff