The CIF Safety & Manpower 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.