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Highlights from CIOB 2016 Annual Review & Accounts

By the end of the 2016 we recorded our highest ever level of non-chartered members upgrading to MCIOB. Among our highlights last year was the official launch of the CIOB Academy and the rollout of the new regional structure under the title ‘One CIOB’.

For decades we have set Educational Standards, supporting people in construction with access to a professional career through membership. But with unprecedented skills shortages and an uncertain future regarding the availability of migrant labour, we created a CIOB Academy for industry to ensure the opportunity to educate, train and develop their staff.

Focusing on excellence, the Academy’s courses and certifications produce well rounded professionals across disciplines. Its offer is a mixture of qualifications leading to Chartered status as Member or Fellow of the Institute, short and long courses on issues specifically identified by industry and certifications where an individuals’ occupational competence is verified by the CIOB.

In the last year we have been at the forefront of debate on key issues affecting the construction industry. Issues such as productivity, social mobility and modern slavery, which we continued to highlight with the publication of our ‘Building A Fairer System’ report.

We identified how workers from developing countries become tricked or coerced into paying illegal and extortionate recruitment fees, and, once in debt, become vulnerable to exploitation in their place of work. To eradicate unfair labour systems we are calling for greater industry collaboration. At a practical level we have produced a toolkit, with Stronger Together, to help clients, contractors and consultants combat the issue of modern slavery in their supply chains.

Alongside other professional bodies we also supported the development and implementation of the first set of globally recognised ethics standards for property and related professional services. And launched the industry’s first Massive Open Online Course (or MOOC for short) on ethics and compliance, which so far more than 3,000 people have taken part in.

Read the full CIOB 2016 Annual Review & Accounts to find out how we are supporting members and raising standards across the industry. You can access the full version online at www.ciob.org/annual-review.

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