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CIC East signs new MoU

Posted: 16th July 2007

The Construction Industry Council (CIC East), the organisation providing a regional voice for the construction industry in the East of England, and Inspire East, the Regional Centre for Excellence in Sustainable Communities, signed a Memorandum of Understanding.

The two bodies agreed to work together on areas such as, joint training as part of the continuing professional development (CPD) of CIC members, shared planning and communication and the promotion of the range of opportunities for young people entering any of the built environment professions.
This innovative approach builds on the work of other Regional Centres for Excellence in the North West and the Academy for Sustainable Communities, in building relationships and joint working with key organisations that represent the built environment. These bodies are vital to ensuring that growth across the region meets the highest standards by working with those whose job it is to build communities. It will enable them to share knowledge and break down professional silos to enable the construction industry to deliver the communities of the future.

Covering the counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, CIC-East executive is made up of representatives from RICS, ICE, RIBA, Constructing Excellence, CFCI, CIAT and CITB-Construction Skills. Other organisations who attend meetings include: Inspire East, CIOB, Faculty for the Built Environment, APM and CBSE. David Adamson is Chair of CIC East.

There are five primary objectives for CIC East:
• Create an influential voice for the built environment with the regional development agency, other government bodies and regional stakeholders.
• Develop links between built environment organisations in the region.
• Provide a regional platform for built environment initiatives and CPD provision.
• Promote sustainability within the region.
• Coordinate schools liaison and careers education between partners within the region.

Joint CPD events are being organised under the banner of CIC East. Recent events include the ‘Best Practise in Sustainability’ conference at Hinxton and the ‘Reform of the Planning System’ seminar in Chelmsford.