When I write the Association briefing, it always draws my attention to the time of year and, whilst I am looking forward to the spring and the warmer weather, I can’t quite believe how quickly time elapses and how quickly key events and initiatives in the CABE calendar come around.
With our Building Regulations having been brought into sharp focus following the events of last year, the construction industry is at a quality crossroads. All professionals owe a duty of care, not just to the client or those instructing them, but also to the end user, and it is critical that the professionals of the future deliver a standard of practice which exceeds expectations and deserves the public trust.
The two-day conference will focus on how we can deliver more than compliance in the built environment. Through presentations, open mic questions and a discussion forum, delegates will be asked to consider a response to future challenges and responsibilities within the industry in light of regulatory reform.
This year’s speakers will present on a range of business and individual development-related subjects alongside a detailed technical programme, and the content has been chosen to promote debate and challenge convention. This year, once again, we will incorporate a panel-led debate on what professional bodies and their members need to do to respond to new ways of working. In total, the programme will include over ten hours of technical content from government and industry experts.
Limited spaces are available for the conference and accommodation in the conference hotel will be allocated on a first come first served basis. A 10% discount will be applied to all bookings received before 31st May 2018. Further details can be found in the pull-out flyer accompanying this issue. A number of enquiries have already been received and we anticipate that this event will grow in size again this year.
As some of you will be aware, our training programmes have been reviewed and we will be offering a broader, more diverse range of training in the future. We are currently promoting a range of fire training courses, having developed a partnership with BB7 for their delivery. These will be followed by some new Health and Safety courses and we will also be offering programmes in areas such as structural awareness, spotting condition weaknesses, the valuation impact on condition, timber and damp, and various compliance issues including asbestos. If any of these subject matters are of interest to you, please watch this space!
We have kept our course fees for training programmes the same for eight years and have had to increase them this year, a decision that was not taken lightly. Following a review of both our programmes and pricing strategy it was concluded that our course fees were not aligned with our competitors and were not priced to reflect the quality of training being delivered by a Chartered organisation. The increase in fees also reflects the upgraded content which is being delivered by industry specialists.
Are you involved in any exemplary projects that you feel are worthy of recognition? We are now seeking nominations for the CABE 2018 Awards. The Awards have been designed to recognise the work of our members so we urge you to nominate any projects that have demonstrated a range of Building Engineering skills through innovation, research, design, education or other related activity. Projects are recognised in the areas of New Build, Fire Safety, Maintenance, Sustainability or Preservation and Conservation. We are sure that all our members have at least one project they could nominate; think about which one it would be for you, you have until 20 April 2018 to make the submission. Find out more, and for a nomination form please refer to the centre pages of this publication.
Have you explored the discounts available through CABE Advantage? We would like to remind you that this is a benefit all our members have access to, as the statistics tell us it is only being accessed by a few of you. If you like to promote a good work-life balance, it may be worth a look to see if you can get a discount on your gym membership, your next weekend break, a holiday or a day out either with the kids or to the theatre.
In summary, the Association tries to offer something for all of its members, and we hope that you will engage with us and become involved with your Association in one way or another this year.