Reforming PQQs

The current system of pre-qualification in construction is bureaucratic and repetitive. CECA and Build UK, with the support of the Construction Leadership Council, is working on a project to develop greater commonality in pre-qualification assessment. We anticipate that this will raise industry standards by providing greater transparency and assurance in pre-qualification assessment. For further details please email:

Reforming The Procurement Process

The procurement process is becoming more complex and prolonged with more selection stages or assessments being introduced to test contractor credentials. But with both public and private sectors facing increasing pressures on resources, procurement reform is vital if we are to continue to deliver world-class infrastructure projects to secure UK-wide economic growth. To this end, we have worked with our members to identify the eight most challenging elements of the procurement process and subsequently propose a series of solutions to address the challenges faced. These can be found here. For further details please email:


CECA Frameworks Project Proposal

The CECA procurement group will publish a research report on frameworks this year. This stems from the group’s report published in 2016 CECA Procurement Report Directions in policy for the UK’s infrastructure sector. The 2016 report identified frameworks as an industry procurement challenge and recommended:

  • Frameworks should be based around a clear valued work bank with a commitment to deliver work in the framework.
  • The number of companies on a framework should be proportionate to the framework’s value.
  • All frameworks should provide one direct award contract to each participant to provide participants an opportunity to recoup some of the bidding costs. Subsequent awards could be based on performance on the direct award and subsequent projects.
  • The full implementation of the recommendations of Effectiveness of Frameworks, A report by the Working Group on the Effectiveness of Frameworks of the Procurement and Lean Client Task Group.

Members have acknowledged that while the framework process can be advantageous in terms of streamlining potential bidders, they have often spent time bidding to be selected on a framework only to subsequently not win any work from it at all.

The aim of the report is to further address the challenges our members face when working within frameworks and influence policy making. The project is particularly timely given the Crown Commercial Service’s forthcoming £30bn public sector works framework. If you would like to be involved, please email:

International Women in Engineering Day – Diane Bourne, Eric Wright Group

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Construction Skills Fund

New £22 million fund to tackle construction skills shortage Earlier today the Skills Minister Anne Milton MP unveiled a £22 million Construction Skills Fund to bring training onto construction sites, enabling learners to acquire valuable skills in a real-life environment. The eighteen-month scheme is to be funded by the Department for Education and will be