Construction Leadership Forum seeks views to transform sector

Minister for Small Business, Innovation, Tourism and Trade, Richard Lochhead

The Construction Leadership Forum (CLF) is inviting voices from across industry and the public sector to have their say on its draft Transformation Action Plan.

The collaboration between government and industry is urging fellow industry figures and businesses to help shape the future of the sector by taking part in its consultation on the new plan.

The CLF says feedback will help them define action to deliver in key areas where transformation is needed most – including digital technology, net zero, modern methods of construction, fair work and procurement reform.

Chaired by the Minister for Small Business, Innovation, Tourism and Trade, Richard Lochhead, the CLF is the main forum for Scottish government/industry interaction.

He said: “This plan will accelerate change and drive continuous improvement across Scotland’s construction sector, which is at the forefront of our move to net zero.

“It has been co-developed by industry and public sector representatives who have set ambitious goals in areas such as skills, fair work and procurement, while working towards the wider aims of growing the green economy.

“I encourage industry to engage with the consultation and have their say on shaping this vital sector for the future.”

Elliot Robertson, chief executive officer of Robertson Group and member of the CLF, added: “In addition to be being a vital contributor to the economy, the construction industry has always embraced new ways of working and adopted innovation as a way to increase and sustain productivity and efficiency.

“For the industry to continue to evolve and meet the transition to net zero and a well-being economy, it is widely recognised that further progression is required.   

“The Transformation Action Plan is a result of the work undertaken by the working sub groups within the CLF, and I would encourage all leaders across our sector to take the opportunity to have their say in defining what transformation looks like for them.  

“There is great value to be added to the plan by those in our sector who are working hard to deliver transformation.

“The consultation on the plan provides a great starting point for discussion and the combined participation of the public and private sectors in the process can result in a document that unites us to deliver real sustainable transformation across our complex and diverse industry.”

The Transformation Action Plan will deliver the commitments at the heart of the CLF’s Scottish Construction Accord, which was launched in October 2022 and is a shared vision between the industry and the public sector to create a thriving and high-performing construction sector.

Once finalised, the plan will be published on CLF’s website, with the programme project managed by the Scottish Futures Trust.

Click here to view the draft Transformation Action Plan - feedback to be provided by Friday, November 17.

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