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Highly Acclaimed Massive Open On-line Course
The newly launched CIOB Academy notched up an industry first when it launched its’ massive open online course (MOOC) on ethics and compliance. Tailor made for construction professionals, the free 5 week interactive course ran for 5 weeks from the end of January and was open to anyone working in the built environment. It has been highly acclaimed.
Devised in collaboration with experts, like Jay Blithe of the Barrett Values Centre, sustainable construction consultancy Responsible Solutions, and Ethical Leadership author Andrew Leigh, the programme also includes contributions from construction clients and contractors.
New Generation of Ethical Leaders
By empowering people to make better decisions in their daily construction work: improve relationships, identify conflicts of interest, and minimise risk, the CIOB Academy aims to nurture a new generation of ethical leaders. It shows why it is sometimes necessary to go beyond legal compliance and to give people the confidence to speak out when something is wrong.
The topics are brought to life through social learning, questionnaires, videos, articles and quizzes. Participants also have the opportunity to interact with each other and the course leader in a safe and managed forum. Throughout the course, tutors and contributors were available online to answer questions and join discussions.
Suitable for Big & Small
CIOB Academy’s ethical construction MOOC is suitable for all levels of seniority and across all disciplines and departments, particularly those in construction management, site management, design, HR, procurement, surveying, and more. The course has been designed to start constructors talking about the ethical challenges they face, and to understand the role they can play in making a difference to the sector. As well as supporting employees in large organisations with a more personal take on ethics to complement standard training, it can also help small business owners with more limited resources to know where to begin in developing their own ethical codes of conduct, and providing clear guidance for suppliers and staff.
Pressures of Complex Industry
Course leader and owner of Construction Coach, Maria Coulter, said: “Construction is a fast-paced industry and people are working under tremendous pressure to deliver for clients and employers within complex frameworks.“Unfortunately, conflicting requirements can sometimes force people to compromise their personal values. This can lead to disillusionment which not only erodes trust, but also damages morale and wellbeing, negatively impacting the performance of individuals and teams.“By providing a safe place to explore and discuss ethical issues, and by opening this course up to anyone in the industry, we hope to facilitate positive change on a large scale.”
Holly Walton, head of CIOB Academy, said: “Since launching the CIOB Academy in December, we have received an enthusiastic response for our targeted construction courses that have been designed by industry, for industry. We welcome businesses and industry bodies to share and promote this course widely, and to help make a difference to the ethical standards of constructors.“CIOB Academy’s ethics and compliance MOOC is the first in a series of free training that will be launched over the coming months. It’s part of our commitment to raising professional standards globally, enhancing the quality of life for everyone working in construction.” Learn More
It seems this course comes at a particularly appropriate time as smaller professional practices and contracting firms are facing expansion pangs as the industry revives. Under pressure to cut corners to cut costs, resort to unofficial ‘lump labour’, and take risks to meet time pressures, the shared, interactive nature of this course will be welcomed by many.
As long standing Chartered Building Consultants (CIOBC) and Chartered Surveyors (RICS), our approach to pre-fabrication is to deliver the high quality homes that architects and their clients want at prices they can afford without the need to resort to unethical practices.
Believing that enjoying what we do is of vital importance to the delivery of well detailed, high quality developments, we welcome every opportunity to discuss new ideas, methods, and procedures that can assist with harmonious and smooth project performance.