Plaisterers are part of The Conversation

Plaisterers are part of The Conversation

The Master Pavior, Sue Illman, called together the Construction related Livery Companies to meet and have a conversation about the Construction Industry today. This was hosted by Arup on 18th November and was exceptionally well attended by Livery Companies and businesses alike. Three excellent speakers set out their deliberately provocative views about the current state and possible future for the construction industry.  At a time when major infrastructure projects are under a lot of scrutiny due to delays and overruns on time and budget as well as some concern as to the lack of  community buy-in to the purpose and appropriateness of these schemes, then this was a timely discussion. Procurement was described as potentially divorced from the actual working practices so that there is a misalignment of actions leading to difficulties in delivery. A lack of a cohesive positive culture in the business and a difficulty in recruiting a diverse workforce were also seen as holding back the sector from delivering effectively.  Training was seen as  fragmented. On the other hand the sector is delivering some great products and the room was united in trying to see how we can reskill workers and move forward with technology to meet the needs and the promises of government and the various political parties to deliver housing and infrastructure for the 21st century.  It was important that the collective voice of Livery Companies was able to review these matters and help move on ideas and actions for the construction industry.