New Fairness, Inclusion and Respect Resources for Construction

A SUITE OF new learning materials to promote fairness, inclusion and respect in the construction industry have been released.

The resources are freely available and it is hoped they will drive positive change in the industry, leaders have said.

The new resources, part-funded by industry training board CITB, have been developed by the CECA and the Supply Chain Sustainability School and stakeholders, have been rolled out to mark the beginning of National Inclusion Week (28 September-4 October 2020).

The resources include three new workshops, on:

  • Inspiring and Coaching New Employees
  • Setting up an Inclusive Site
  • Leading People Inclusively

The workshops accompany newly developed E-Learning modules, on:

  • Understanding Invisible Disabilities
  • Managing Challenging Conversations
  • Race and Intercultural Competence Parts 1&2.

Sarah Beale, CITB Chief Executive, said: “Even before the pandemic, construction recruitment faced the challenges of an ageing workforce with a real lack of diversity and the pending implications of Brexit. so it is more important than ever to build inclusive cultures across all parts of our industry.

“These resources will help drive the positive change we need to attract new entrants from a wide range of backgrounds to our sector, and ensure construction is the rewarding career we know it to be for everyone.”

Business case for inclusive culture

Andy Mitchell CBE, co-chair of the Construction Leadership Council, explains that there is not only a moral case for driving inclusive cultures in the construction industry. There is also a business case.

He said, “Inclusive workplace cultures are more productive, innovative, and profitable. Promoting a culture of Fairness, Inclusion and Respect can bring benefits to businesses of all sizes and helps attract and retain people from the full pool of talent in the UK workforce.

“There has been positive cultural change across our sector in recent years. But it is beholden to us all to remember that we always have more to learn and things we can improve.

“These new resources are a welcome addition to the already extensive range of FIR materials that are available. We hope their uptake will be as wide as possible by businesses at all levels of the UK supply chain.”

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