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Restoring pride

Movement for Innovation chairman Alan Crane says the M4I Respect for People working group, which he also chairs, is aiming to develop the 'commitment to people' called for by the Rethinking Construction report.

'We need to make people more proud of the construction industry. It employs the largest number of people in Britain after tourism, yet it is failing to attract the right number of high calibre people,' he says.

'We must also address the fact that only a tenth of the industry's professionals are women despite the fact that they account for 52% of the country's population.'

Respect for People has seven subgroups looking at health; safety; diversity in the workplace; site facilities and the working environment at site level; behavioural issues; the working environment off site; and career development and lifelong learning.

'The construction industry is not attractive to a broad enough range of people. At this stage we are working on what to do about it and how to measure progress,' says Crane.

'Part of it involves better education and training and the Respect for Training initiative is linked to M4I's education, training and research working group.'

Crane says each subgroup will be reporting with recommendations for simple actions and key performance indicators in the summer.

'Hopefully all the construction institutions and bodies will get together and work out practical ways of going forward .'

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