CIOB ramps up its activity in Ireland with a new partnership

Posted On: 
27th January 2020

The Chartered Institute of Building has launched a new partnership in Ireland to ensure crucial alignment on key issues such as access to skills and training, procurement and contractual matters and quality in construction.

Construction sites on the River Liffey in Dublin. Having had an enthusiastic membership base in Ireland since the 1960s, the CIOB is now developing its team on the ground to increase the reach and impact of its work.
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The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) is at the heart of a management and leadership career in the built environment, and 2020 marks the year that the institute ramps up its activity in Ireland. To kick things off, the CIOB last week announced its partnership with the Construction Industry Federation (CIF).

Having had an enthusiastic membership base in Ireland since the 1960s, currently at 2,500 members and counting, the CIOB is now developing its team on the ground to increase the reach and impact of its work, and to support members and the wider construction community. This added resource signals the institute’s intention to be a more influential voice when it comes to policy issues impacting the built environment In Ireland, and to provide education opportunities for those in the industry. The partnership with CIF will facilitate the CIOB’s ability to deliver on these plans.

The issues facing the construction sector at large centre upon quality, ethics, technology, and productivity. The CIOB has been engaging with these issues for some time, and will now look to bring its work to bear on policy discussions in Ireland. The body of policy work, both existing and forthcoming (February sees the launch of CIOB’s ‘Socio-Economic Analysis Of The True Value Of The Built Environment’), that CIOB brings to the table on quality in construction, resetting ethics and the moral compass for the sector, eradicating modern slavery from the industry, and embracing new technology, will focus policy discussions on the actions that need to be taken to ensure the sector is equipped to deliver what is needed in the most equitable way possible.

Ireland is in a new era of economic growth, with a huge amount of construction taking place across the island. The CIOB’s policy and education work will play a key role in ensuring that lessons from the celtic tiger are learned, and that this new era is marked by a high-quality built environment, delivered by an ethical construction sector.

Developing the knowledge base of the sector is an essential part of this, and the CIOB Academy delivers courses and training online, nurturing a well-educated workforce. These opportunities are complemented by practice guides, and widely-read sector magazines that inspire and set new standards.

Developing its voice in Ireland is an important part of the CIOB’s focus on improved regional engagement, ensuring it is better placed to work with local members and policy makers. The new partnership with the CIF will allow both organisations to take advantage of their existing alignment on important issues such as access to skills and training, procurement and contractual matters, and quality in construction.

There are many knowledgeable and committed CIOB members in Ireland, and significant construction projects are benefitting from their professionalism and expertise. The CIOB’s partnership with the CIF provides an opportunity to reach more of the industry and support more of the work being done to deliver quality in construction, improve diversity and inclusion, and engage in more powerful policy and campaigning work.

The Chartered Institute of Building has a Royal Charter to promote the science and practice of building and construction for the benefit of society. Read more about CIOB's work here.