Constructing Excellence Midlands is preparing to commence the latest edition of its Diploma in Collaboration in Construction, set to be delivered through a unique partnership with industry teaching platform the Supply Chain Sustainability School.

Ten course tutors from the likes of Bowmer + Kirkland, Freeths and the NHS will be imparting their knowledge through the course, which will cover topics including the Value Toolkit, designing for the environment and collaborative forms of contract.

The classes and coursework will be delivered virtually from April 2023 until January 2024 thanks to a partnership with online construction education platform Supply Chain Sustainability School, utilising the organisation’s expertise in delivering learning experiences to construction professionals.

David Emery, project manager of offsite and digital and market lead for Wales at the Supply Chain Sustainability School, will also be delivering the module on digital and offsite smart construction. He said: “The 2023 edition of the Diploma in Collaboration in Construction promises to deliver sector-evidenced learning opportunities pertinent to the construction industry.

“We are similarly altruistic by design to Constructing Excellence Midlands and have created a streamlined learning experience for candidates to take part in classes, complete coursework, as well as communicate with their tutors and peers. We have more than 190 organisations subscribed to the school who have helped to feed into the content of our courses, including the 20 biggest companies in the UK, the top ten housebuilders and major infrastructure organisations.

“Tier 1 companies need to collaborate to be sustainable and through education they are inherently making a massive contribution to developing smaller organisations and creating visible traces of competencies through supply chains. We are a very wasteful industry with approximately only 40% of projects delivered on time.

“I will be delivering my perspective on how offsite construction can become the norm to bring about improvements to this. Likewise, the construction industry has been slow to embrace technologies but, by creating more digital leaders who understand the significance, we can collectively upskill our teams instead of relying on the next generation to bring this knowledge.”

Academically benchmarked by the University of Wales Trinity St David, the course aims to create and educate the next generation of leaders, as well as encouraging new behaviours, positive disruption and technology-led approaches.

Andrew Carpenter, chief executive of Constructing Excellence Midlands, said: “This year’s diploma looks to build upon the great success of the previous edition to inspire a culture of collaboration in construction.

“As an excessively fragmented and adversarial industry, our substantial partnerships with the Supply Chain Sustainability School and module leaders are a novel approach to professional development in construction. From our industry surveys, we can see there is a will to work together to deliver consistent solutions, with education tools such as this diploma having a large part to play to create this shift - which I do believe will open up significant opportunities to enhance collaboration in the construction industry.”

Constructing Excellence Midlands promotes best practice and collaboration across the Midlands construction industry. The Diploma in Collaboration in Construction costs £2,500 plus VAT per delegate.