The CIF Safety & Education Services Department develops and implements the policies as agreed by the CIF’s Safety, Health & Welfare sub Committee and the CIF Manpower, Education & Training sub-Committee and as approved by the CIF Executive Body.
From a safety and health perspective, the role of the Department is to act as the voice of the contracting sector of the construction industry in Ireland and to drive the health and safety culture in the industry. It does this by working closely with member committees and industry stakeholders.
From a Manpower perspective the Department works to identify and manage skills and training needs within the construction sector and address the emerging skills needs as they arise.
The objective is to ensure that the construction industry can grow to meet the economic challenges of the country with competent staff to deliver on current and future projects.
Manpower, Education & Training Services (CMET)
The mandate of the CMET Sub-Committee is as follows:
- To consider all policy developments and matters in relation to the construction sector
- To oversee and guide CIF’s relations with relevant bodies including Government and State agencies with training and education functions
- To develop a CIF strategy on manpower planning, particularly in relation to apprenticeships and skills development
- To advise and implement appropriate CIF Training and Action Programmes
CMET consults with Government and other State Bodies – eg SOLAS, Education & Training Boards, and industry to address emerging skills needs and identify opportunities to future-proof the industry against skills shortages. To this end it targets three key areas:
- Working with Government Department of Social Protection and, Education & Training Boards to develop training opportunities for Unemployed and facilitate access to the construction industry.
- Working with second- and third-level education institutions, careers guidance teachers and the Techno Teachers Association to identify and develop opportunities for students and promote access in the sector for second-level students
- Engage with Irish construction professionals and workers overseas to promote career development opportunities in Ireland.
The goal of this strategy is to develop and attract quality construction professionals, apprentices and semi skilled operatives to the Irish construction Industry to ensure a sustainable industry that can meet the needs of a growing economy.
During 2016 the Department collaborated with SOLAS and DKM Economic Consultants to research and forecast the economic development of the construction industry to 2020 and extrapolate the resultant demand for skills. The resulting report, Demand for Skills in Construction to 2020, estimates that there will be 112,000 new jobs to be filled up to 2020 if the industry is to achieve a projected output in infrastructure, commercial, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and housing development roll-out.
Strategy to meet industry job requirements
As part of its strategy to meet this demand the CIF attends education and trade exhibitions to highlight career opportunities in the industry. The CIF has also launched two new jobs web portals Cifjobs.ie and apprentices.ie to enable employers to engage with quality candidates and give candidates at home and abroad easy access to construction career and job opportunities.
CIF Health & Safety Services
The management of health and safety issues is a key concern for the construction industry in Ireland. Therefore, the CIF has a dedicated department to manage the needs of members in this area. Policy in this area is overseen by the CIF Safety Policy Sub Committee.
The Safety & Education Department offers the following range of quality services to CIF members
- Expert advice, guidance and information on regulatory compliance and best practice.
- Representation on industry and company issues to Government, statutory agencies including the Health and Safety Authority (HSA), client bodies and through the Construction Safety Partnership.
- Public and in-house specialized management and development programmes, briefings and seminars.
- Participation in the CIF Construction Senior Safety Advisor Forum, providing networking and real-time updates on health and safety issues.
- Safe-T-Cert contractor certification scheme – see www.safe-t-cert.ie
- Sharing of Lessons Learned / Best Practices in Health & Safety.
To learn more about these services please contact the relevant contact in the Key Contacts Section
Construction Safety Expertise & Management Training
CIF provides its members with access to Chartered Health & Safety professionals and critical assistance, information and representation, helping company leaders to drive compliance across their own operations and achieve Best Practice with reference to international norms and standards.
CIF Construction Safety Management Programmes have been developed with the specific needs of the Irish construction industry in mind. To assist in the recording and reporting of CIF training, the Federation has developed a Safety Management Card, which sets CIF member companies out from the competition.
- CIF / IOSH Managing Safely in Construction
- CIF Managing the Role of the Project Supervisor for Construction Stage (PSCS)
- CIF / IOSH Managing the Role of the Project Supervisor for Design Process (PSDP)
- CIF Managing Safely in Construction Renewal Continual Professional Development (CPD)
- See www.ciftraining.ie for dates.
Member representation on Health & Safety bodies
CIF represents the views of contractors at the highest level on such bodies as the Health and Safety Authority, SOLAS and the Construction Safety Partnership Advisory Committee. Members can feed their experiences and insights directly into these fora via the Federation’s Branch and Association structure, helping to shape the implementation of a practical, cost effective and successful industry-wide Health and Safety policy environment for Ireland’s construction industry.
Frank Kelly (Construction Director, Walls Construction), Chair of CIF Safety, Health & Welfare Sub Committee
John O’Shaughnessy (Clancy Project Management Ltd t/a Clancy), Chair of Manpower, Education and Training sub Committee