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CITB Funds Procurement Research

A new programme has been released by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

Improving Performance Through Better Procurement Approaches is a programme launched by the Construction Industry Training Board resulting of the research sponsored by the Institution of Civil Engineers in 2017 which found that procurement methods could, in fact, hinder the productivity rates.  

CITB is set in place to provide an ideal solution for the UK construction industry that the workforce so desperately needs and with this programme, it seems to be stepping closer towards educating clients of the industry too.  

CITB is looking to fund projects that explore new approaches to procurement that can improve performance, for example, a collaboration through supply chains.  

The company is looking for research proposals from the levy-registered employers - all employers ‘engaged wholly or mainly in construction industry activities’ – who are seeking to improve the overall project performance, construction clients, trade groupsprocurement framework specialists, consultancies or training providers. 

Steve Radley, CITB director of strategy and policy, stated: “While other sectors have seen increases in productivity in recent decades, construction has lagged behind with weak approaches to procurement playing a key role. We want to explore new and more collaborative ways of working that can improve supply chain relationships within procured projects, meaning more housing and infrastructure delivered on time and on budget to the benefit of clients and the construction industry alike.” 


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The Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) is content with CITBs step towards this new territory. Chief executive, Alasdair Reisner, said: “Our members are seeing significant changes in the way that the sector’s customers are engaging their suppliers, moving away from old transactional approaches to create a whole new business model for the sector. Leading clients are looking to work in long-term relationships that are focused on delivering outstanding outcomes for users, while harnessing new technologies to build more productively. Industry needs to harness this new productivity, and we hope that this procurement commission can play a part in securing this”. 

Any expressions of interest should be shown prior to 10th June 2019 and applications must be submitted by 24th June 2019. 

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