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Tom Jones speaks to Caitlin Talbot six months into her quantity surveying apprenticeship. Caitlin shares her experience about working on interesting projects from the start and how she balances studying for a degree while in work. Caitlin is an apprentice at Bailey Partnership and on completion will obtain a degree from University College of Estate Management (UCEM).

G4C South West are passionate about encouraging young people to consider a career in the construction industry and this podcast is a great listen for anyone wanting to understand more about the opportunities for apprentices.

All G4C podcasts are also available on Apple podcasts and Spotify by searching “Generation for Change”.

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Constructing Excellence South West is pleased to announce the return of its prestigious awards which celebrate those who have contributed to delivering best practice building and civil engineering projects across the region.

Returning for another year, the South West awards have undergone a complete overhaul for 2023 and are being organised alongside headline sponsor, Southern Construction Framework (SCF).

Entries are encouraged from developers, clients, contractors, specialist and sub-contractors, engineers of all disciplines, members of design and other consultants to recognise projects, schemes, processes or philosophies which have massively contributed to the South West built environment within the last 12 months.

Kevin Harris, interim CEO of Constructing Excellence South West, said: “Being recognised by your peers for delivering best practice and excellence is an incredible achievement that brings with it a host of benefits. From raising staff morale, attracting new clients to raising awareness of your company and helping to strengthen existing relationships, we’d highly recommend anyone operating within construction in the South West to enter our 2023 awards.

“Our regional awards have been celebrating the best in construction for many years and are now regarded as the biggest and brightest celebration of best practice in the South West. Each year we receive some incredible entries, and we have no doubt this year will be even bigger and better than before.”

Kingsley Clarke, Operations Lead from SCF, said: “The CESW awards represent the coming together of truly excellent contractors, consultants and clients across the South West to celebrate the very best we can deliver.

“So, for the third year running, I am delighted to be the headline sponsor once again. This year my team are even more involved with the awards and bringing our expertise to support not only the judging but the event itself.

“You don’t want to miss out this year, not only will submitting an award demonstrate your skills and expertise but being part of the celebrations in July promises to be a highlight of our calendars this year! The chance to represent the SW at the national finals has got to be worth it too!”

Entries for this year’s awards close on Wednesday 5 April and with 15 categories available there’s a range of opportunities to apply for including Project of the Year, Client of the Year, SME of the Year, People Development award and many more.

This year’s awards ceremony will be held on Thursday 20 July at the incredible Aerospace Bristol so all guests can enjoy a delicious meal under the wings of Concorde.

Plus, throughout the evening, donations to charity BillyChip will also be collected. Each year Constructing Excellence South West picks a dedicated charity and this year they will be supporting a charity that makes it possible for businesses and the public to safely and securely support homeless people and rough sleepers.

Read the article in PBC Today here

Kevin Harris, long-standing member of Constructing Excellence South West (CESW), has been appointed as interim CEO whilst the organisation embarks on a new chapter

With experience across the construction, infrastructure, engineering, development and technology sectors, CESW has assigned Kevin to lead a reset, re-evaluation, and restructure of the organisation, which aligns with the plan that Chair of the board, Dan Macey, desires to deliver.

Membership sits at the heart of CESW and will be a big focus for Kevin with the support of the board of directors, who want to guarantee CESW members get the best value from its restructured approach.

Moving forward, members will have flexible options in how they are associated with the organisation irrespective of the organisation’s turnover, employee headcount or typology of business.

The need for positive disruption in the construction industry

Kevin Harris, new interim CEO, said: “I’m excited to be taking up the post of interim CEO and am eagerly looking forward to driving a fresh direction alongside our excellent board of directors.

“I’ve been involved with Constructing Excellence South West since 2010 and have a great understanding of how the organisation operates and understand where we need to focus our efforts this year.

“I can’t remember a time when the construction sector is more ready to be reconfigured and I believe the opportunity to deliver construction in a better way is upon us. The need for positive disruption and innovation, together with creativity and the desire to simplify, be straightforward and collaborative is now, and CESW will be at the forefront of this brave new movement.”

Constructing Excellence South West is a cross-sector, cross-supply chain, member-led organisation charged with driving the change agenda in construction.

The organisation hosts a series of webinars and events throughout the year and welcomes all members and key players within South West construction to get involved.

Our awards are open to all organisations and project teams involved in delivering buildings and civil engineering projects in the South West. Entries are welcomed from developers, clients, contractors, specialist and sub-contractors, engineers, of all disciplines, members of the design team and other consultants. The key factor is that the project, scheme, process or philosophy contributes to the South West built environment and can be celebrated as an example of best practice.

Entry forms  Download here

Top Ten Tips for entries Download here

How to Enter Download here

Deadline for Entries – 5th April 

Shortlist will be announced – 15th May 

Judges Interviews – Week Commencing 5th June

Being recognised by your peers for excellence in construction brings enormous benefits to your business, helping you to attract new clients cement existing relationships and raise your staff morale.

CLICK HERE to book for the Awards Ceremony – 20th July

CLICK HERE for Sponsorship Opportunities

The charity was set up in 2018 to continue the legacy of Billy Abernethy-Hope a twenty year old ambulance driver from Bristol who was the inspiration and idea behind the Billy Chip

After helping support the homeless at Christmas, Billy felt disheartened at how little support the general public give to them. Many people donate to charity on a regular basis but Billy was surprised at how small the percentage of these donations were given directly to those who need it, living rough on our streets.

The Billy Chip is a unique safe and secure platform which allows the public to directly donate to rough sleepers without the fear of their donation being misused for drugs or alcohol.

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