For this week’s blog we thought we’d like to show you an example of the good news we’ve been able to tell the press about the companies signing up for Be Fair – there’s no question that there’s been a groundswell in the North West so far, but we are also signing up and talking to companies that stretch from Scotland to the South Coast or are local to areas from London to Yorkshire and Cambridgeshire to Wales.
It has been fantastic to see the interest and drive from the companies so far for being part of the move to tackle their skills shortages by demonstrating fair working and employment practices for all. And the thing I love about my job is that when I speak with any of the companies taking on Be Fair, no matter what their question, I usually have an answer to help them – after all, that’s what Be Fair is for and what we as Assessment Providers are here for…to help and support companies to be the employers of choice they deserve to be or to win the work they want.
North West leads the way on fair working practices
North West based contractors; Rosslee Construction, Emmanuel Whittaker, E.R. Williams and TMJ Contractors, have been amongst the first companies to sign up for the CITB Be Fair Framework. The Be Fair Framework is a construction specific action-plan that recognises fair working conditions, employment practises and behaviours leading to national accreditation.
This exciting and innovative framework is industry led, designed for the construction industry by the construction industry to promote a greater atmosphere of respect and to encourage best practice within the sector. North West firms are leading the way as some of the first contractors to embrace the framework, which is now being rolled-out across the construction sector.
Rosslee Construction, Emmanuel Whittaker, E.R. Williams and TMJ Contractors will be working with us at Constructing Equality Ltd. (the UK’s leading experts on equality and diversity in the construction industry), for assessment and support of the Framework, under licence from CITB. Our Be Fair Service Manager, Caroline Gee, said:
“We are very excited to be working with these local companies on Be Fair as some of the first contractors to lead the way for the construction industry in demonstrating they are fair employers and the kind of company people want to work for. The Be Fair Framework was successfully piloted nationwide over the last year, and has been a catalyst for business development for the companies who have taken part.”
Nine North West companies gained accreditation through taking part in the 2013 pilot; Cull Dry Lining and Plastering Ltd, Highwire Limited, Holloway Cook Associates Ltd, ISG plc (North West Region), MAC Roofing, Penny Lane Builders Ltd, Southport Gate, The Sovini Group (One Vision Housing), and Walter Carefoot and Sons Ltd.
Companies taking on the CITB Be Fair Framework and wishing to use Constructing Equality Ltd as their licensed provider for assessment can sign up directly through Constructing Equality Ltd or can select them at the registration point with CITB. Companies in-scope to CITB can currently take advantage of a £1000 incentive for accrediting under the framework.
Further information on Be Fair can be found on our website.
To see what companies who have used us as their provider say, visit our testimonials page
Be Fair articles
Considerate Constructors Scheme http://www.ccscheme.org.uk/index.php/citb-s-be-fair-framework
Institute of Historic Building Conservation http://ihbconline.co.uk/newsachive/?p=7875
Project Scotland http://www.projectscot.com/2014/04/citb-celebrates-diversity-with-new-industry-award-given-to-graham/
Building Contractors Training Group http://www.bctg.uk.com/macform-fair-accreditation/
For further information and details companies taking on Be Fair can contact Constructing Equality Ltd on 0151 706 8132 or via Patrick@constructingequality.co.uk