NEC Collaborates With Project Managers To Provide Industry-first Accreditation During Construction Industry Boom
Tuesday, 04 March 2014
With the booming construction industry currently seeing its fastest growth since the recession; hot on the heels of the launch of the ECC Project Manager Accreditation course, NEC suite of contracts has added extra dates for its courses supporting client project managers in response to unprecedented demand.
According to the latest figures taken from Barbour ABI’s Economic & Construction Market Review*, a total £6bn of new construction contracts were awarded in December 2013, compared to £3.6bn in December 2012. This news coupled with the vital role a project manager plays within the success of NEC3 Engineering and Construction Contract (ECC), means the ECC Project Manager Accreditation course has received high praise from individuals that have taken part in the scheme, since its launch in November 2013.
Following the first sell-out course last year, an array of project managers, quantity surveyors, civil engineers and construction managers have received the industry-first training to ensure that each NEC3 contract is efficiently and robustly managed for their client, as well as gaining the NEC3 ECC specialist qualification.
After extensive planning, NEC developed a programme that ensures users have a greater understanding of the responsibilities and technical requirements of the role of ECC Project Manager, including how to engage the team, build a spirit of mutual trust and the traits of a good project manager. On completion of the course and assessments, delegates are awarded the NEC-approved title of Accredited ECC Project Manager.
Rekha Thawrani, general manager for NEC, comments on the success of the course: “The NEC3: ECC Project Manager Accreditationhas proved to be one of our most successful training courses. We’ve received phenomenal support from our attending delegates, particularly on the informative sessions delivered and our first public run reached full capacity, which is fantastic.
“The course is similar in its approach and ethos to the rest of the NEC3 family, in that it promotes collaborative working and effective risk allocation. Another advantage is that it places heavy emphasis on scenario planning and teaching through case studies rather than just straight lecturing.
“Since the launch of NEC3 we have been used globally to successfully deliver some of today’s biggest infrastructures and frameworks and it’s therefore important to ensure that the people responsible for seeing through the contract have the support and training they need. This training and accreditation helps users to master the details of the contract and feel confident in the way that they can deliver this to other parties involved”.
Nicola Turner, Senior Category Buyer from United Utilities Water Plc, comments on the course: “I was very impressed with the course and tutor, as it was completely relevant to our project and the work that I carry out on a daily basis. The course took me from project start to project close and has given me a new confidence in my role as an ECC Project Manager and I’ve already put into practice what I’ve learnt from the course.”
The next NEC3: ECC Project Manager Accreditation course will run from 24th – 27th March in London. The course is also available in a tailored in-house format, which allows for delivery by an NEC tutor at a time and place to suit the user, with the learning modules split out across longer periods of time if required.
For further information on all of the options available, visit www.neccontract.com. If you are interested in registering for NEC Users’ Group Annual Seminar in April, visit the dedicated event website: events.neccontract.com/NEC-Users-Group-Annual-Seminar-2014.
Fiona Lane, Beattie Communications, tel: 0113 213 0307, email: email@example.com
Notes to editor
- In 1985 the Institution of Civil Engineers decided to lead a fundamental review of alternative contract strategies for civil engineering design and construction with the objective of identifying the need for good practice. After much discussion and consultation, this review resulted in the publication in 1991 of a consultative edition, and in 1993 of the first edition of the New Engineering Contract (NEC). Since then, in response to industry demands, further standard forms of contract have been produced, using the same principles as were used in the NEC first edition.
- NEC is a division of Thomas Telford Ltd, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the owner and developer of the NEC.
- The NEC family of standard contracts all have the following characteristics:
- Stimulates good management of the relationship between the two parties to the contract and, hence, of the work included in the contract
- Can be used in a wide variety of commercial situations, for a wide variety of types of work and in any location
- Is a clear and simple document – using language and a structure which are straightforward and easily understood