CEWales E Bulletin May 23

Vaughan Gething MS, Minister for Economy has issued a written statement on an updated version of the Manufacturing Plan for Wales. Much of the background to the update can be mirrored in the built environment sector as we face the same major challenges: global competition, a technology explosion, Brexit and new trading arrangements with the European Union, the COVID-19 pandemic, the Climate emergency, the soaring cost of energy, disruption to global supply chains, raw material shortages, price increases and serious issues with labour availability. So, to focus on how we collectively and through multi-disciplinary collaboration, respond to these challenges can give Wales a real competitive advantage and remains a priority across the entire construction sector value chain, both in the public and private sectors.

A perfect example of using a collaborative voice, is a report put together by our very own G4C Wales members on ‘Climate skills in the Construction Sector. In this excellent report, G4C Wales members detail how their professions contribute towards climate action. Perspectives are detailed from: Designers, Social Value Practitioners, Sustainability Practitioners, Lawyers, Engineers, Site Based Practitioners, Surveyors and Cost Consultants and Project Managers. All demonstrating how their different professions within the sector are working towards solutions on mitigating negative climate impact and regenerative practices.

Also, we can all be advocates of the construction sector and help increase the awareness of the opportunities it can offer to young professionals. I have recently been made aware of a great way to do this through the University of South Wales Career Mentoring Scheme. The scheme is designed to inspire and support university students with their career planning and personal development. It provides an opportunity for students to spend time with a professional and gain an insight into their role and career path. It is a perfect way to demonstrate pathways into construction and the opportunities the sector can offer. If you would like to become a mentor, more info can be found HERE.

Lastly, we very much hope you have all taken time to look after your own wellbeing and of those around you, as Mental Health Awareness week 2023 reminds us of the challenges we all face. The theme this year was of anxiety but overall helping to achieve good mental health.