Sysmax products can help UK construction companies along the Construction Leadership Council's Roadmap to Recovery.
It's been a tough few years for many economic sectors in the UK. The Covid-19 pandemic has come at a time when many businesses were still recovering from the economic downturn at the start of the 2010s. For the construction sector, there is also the backdrop of the 2017 Grenfell Tower disaster, which shook up regulation of the industry. More than ever, construction companies and contractors need to demonstrate that they're competent and compliant with regulations. In this blog, we're going to look at the UK's construction sector, and how Sysmax products can serve them.
Building back with a Roadmap to Recovery
The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) released their Roadmap to Recovery in July 2020. (You can read the full document here).
It's a strategy to drive the recovery of the construction and built environment sectors. Through these industries, it aims to deliver a boost to the wider UK economy. It outlines three steps for the recovery to happen in the right way: Restart, Reset and Reinvent. The Reinvent stage is due to start in July 2021. It aims to create an innovation culture across construction, with an emphasis on more collaboration between companies and their clients.
In particular, investment in skills and training aims to help the industry to adapt to change through the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). It seeks to modernise the training and qualifications system for construction to ensure that this is fit for purpose to support the delivery of the skills that the industry will need in future. This includes skills related to the delivery of net zero carbon and the multi-skilling of the construction workforce to increase flexibility and adaptability. Given the sector employs more than 3.1 million people across the UK, including some 2.3 million contractors, this is a serious challenge.
Safety regulations that protect workers and building users alike
By building a more professional industry, the CLC hopes to embed high standards of safety across the sector. In terms of site safety, improvements focus on the occupational health, safety, and wellbeing of workers in the sector. In terms of building safety, the CLC aims to ensure that remediation work can continue on the existing building stock to meet tougher post-Grenfell regulations. Moving forward, this can help to reform the sector to create an ongoing legacy of safe building, especially for new high-risk residential buildings (HRRBs).
Looking to the further future, the CLC is set on delivering innovations in raising standards across the sector. Adopting digital and manufacturing technologies will transform the industry, as well as the wider built environment. This will be key to delivering strategic objectives, including broader goals such as net zero carbon emissions and levelling up of deprived regions. The CLC is encouraging adoption at scale, and is keen to measure the benefits, not least in terms of safety, to transform (or indeed, reinvent) the industry.
Enabling managers to work collaboratively with their teams
Many construction companies have systems in place to measure their employees' and contractors' competency. But how dynamic and adaptive are they? There are systems in the market already that highlight what qualifications an operative currently has. However, while operatives are hired to do one job, there's an increasing demand to know what other skills they have in order to bridge skill gaps. This is where Sysmax can help with our Casmax product. Unlike every other system currently available, Casmax helps managers and assessors collaborate with operatives by showing what skills people have gained previously. And as the data sits with the individual, we're able to provide these profiles across an entire workforce. Whether it's direct employees or sub-contractors, construction companies can access a four-dimensional analysis of an individual and how they fit into their broader teams.
Other Sysmax products are ideally set up for the construction sector. Sawmax can help with the CLC's aims of multi-skilling and upskilling the construction workforce, as well as increasing flexibility and adaptability. We can set the boundaries of how construction sector companies are training their staff to continuously improve. And with Benchmax, construction companies can both embed building safety requirements into new HRRBs and ensure legacy stock is brought up to standard. Breaking compliance down into its components can deliver better safety for everyone. Together, Sysmax products really can help to drive upskilling through collaboration, delivering a reinvention of the construction sector.
To find out more about how Sysmax products can help in the construction sector in line with the CLC's Roadmap to Recovery, contact one of the team today.
Post by Conal Regan
As the Business Development Manager at Sysmax, Conal is responsible for introducing new clients to the benefits of our suite of products: Casmax, Benchmax and Sawmax. His focus is on ensuring that their experience is straightforward, simple, and truly effective. His consultative, customer-focused approach means our clients have full access to every possible resource to achieve lasting, best-of-breed solutions and service excellence.