Speaking at the APS annual conference on 4 September, McLeod said there was a realisation across the construction industry that preventing future tragedies – like Grenfell Tower – would demand better trained workers, enhanced enforcement of the rules, and greater cross-sector working.
The conference brought together an audience of construction sector professionals to hear from key industry figures including Alex Naraian, President of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT); Lynda Rawsthorne, Project Delivery Manager, Ministry of Justice, Estates Directorate; and Daniel Ladbury, Director of Estates, Sheffield Hallam University, where the conference took place.
On the day, delegates were also able to attend their choice of break-out session on facilities management, design risk management (DRM), temporary works or working at height, before reconvening to hear a panel discussion on DRM in a changing world.
Panel members included Alex Tait from the Royal Institute of British Architects, Nathan Baker from the Institute of Civil Engineers, and Philip Campbell from the Federation of Master Builders.
McLeod added: “A skilled construction workforce is key to the sector’s continued success. Addressing the domestic skills’ gap and providing a career path that attracts the brightest and best will help cut accidents and deaths as well as improving wellbeing for workers. And, while this is clearly central to the professional members of the APS, it will also help the industry meet the challenges of building more and building faster.
“APS members clearly identified improving education and training as a key goal for the construction sector. But they also wanted to see the rules enforced and better collaboration between all the professional disciplines involved in construction.
“APS is determined to meet the demand and lead the way in relevant and focussed training that both challenges the way things have always been done and meets the challenges of the future.”
The APS conference was supported by its sponsors:
Construction Industry Training Board
Diabetes Safety Organisation
Harris Project Management
Hews Recruitment Ltd
HSE Recruitment Network
GHPC Group Ltd