THE CHARTERED Institute of Building has launched a scheme challenging construction businesses to demonstrate their commitment to staff training and professional development.
The scheme is similar to one launched by The Institution of Civil Engineers last November (NCE 23 November), but which has yet to get off the ground.
The CIOB's Training Partnerships programme is aimed at companies wishing to join the CIOB's successful Chartered Building Consultancy and Chartered Building Company (CBC) schemes.
To become a CBC company, a firm must have the quality of training and qualifications of its employees assessed by the CIOB.
The ICE scheme is to be based on its register of companies with approved training schemes.
The CIOB eventually expects the CBC schemes to become 'the benchmark for all construction businesses operating in the building sector'.
Companies in CIOB's scheme are bound by a comprehensive code of conduct, designed to provide reassurance to clients that they are getting a quality service and value for money.
The scheme introduces some strong entry criteria, including a requirement for 75% of company directors or partners to be a member of a relevant chartered institution. It also demands that all staff involved in the management of the construction process are appropriately qualifed.