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New Development Initiative for Small Construction Contractors 14 November 2005

    The Department of Trade and Industry and the Isle of Man Employers Federation are launching a new development provision for the Island’s smaller construction contractors on 22nd November.

    The programme has been developed by the Employers Federation, with advice from DTI, to address a number of important areas ‘flagged up’ by Government clients. A key part of the training will involve increased awareness of contractors’ statutory responsibilities in areas such as health and safety, the Construction Design and Management Regulations, and the appropriate training of site operatives.

    Client Departments of Government have also expressed some concerns regarding the awareness of small contactors of the administrative responsibilities within a formal contract, and correct tendering procedures. These areas of contractual responsibility will be addressed in the programme by experienced DTI approved industry trainers, and will help the smaller contractor better understand, what can be a fairly complex procedure for public sector work.

    The initial pilot course, commencing on 22nd November, will involve attendance at the Employers Federation Onchan training facilities on five half-days over three weeks. Seven local contractor organisations will form the initial group.

    Minister for Trade and Industry, Alex Downie said, ‘I am delighted that this initiative is now ready for launch as I have had a number of discussions within Government and the industry about the development of the Island’s smaller contractors. Although the larger main contractors are important to Government’s extensive investment in our infrastructure, the smaller contractors are also vital in many areas of work. However, whilst their technical knowledge and skill is first class, their awareness of the more formal tendering and contractual responsibilities does give some cause for concern.

    This current partnership between my Department and the Employers Federation to address the development of these local businesses is another stage in the consolidation of our Vocational Training Strategy, and my Department’s ongoing commitment to this important sector of the local economy.’ For more information contact Steve Woodward on 682380 or ‘s.woodward@dti.gov.im’.

    14th November 2005

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