Construction Professionals Skillnet launches new MMC programme

The Construction Professionals Skillnet, one of 70 Skillnet Business Networks nationwide, has launched a new programme in collaboration with Griffith College to support the industry’s need to upskill in the area of Modern Methods of Construction (MMC).

MMC covers different types of construction involving significant portions, or all, of the building being manufactured in a factory setting and joined together on-site.

Construction Professionals Skillnet’s new micro-credential in Strategic Supply Management for Modern Methods of Construction was developed following intensive engagement with industry to identify the key knowledge and skill gaps in the sector when it comes to the use of this developing area of construction.

The programme is highly practical and ensures that participants gain the knowledge and develop the necessary skills to effectively manage supply for an MMC project in Ireland.

MMC are critical to meet the of needs Housing for All, Project Ireland 2040 and National Development Plan and address the demand for a workforce with the skills and methods required to deliver on these targets. However, more than half of companies (54%) using MMC do not believe the right skills are currently available in Ireland, according to a research analysis undertaken by Skillnet Ireland and the Construction Professionals Skillnet last year.

Construction Professionals Skillnet’s new programme is the second of a number of micro-credentials being developed by the network. The programme covers project critical areas such as supply management and MMC enablers, strategic procurement, and supply decisions for MMC and procurement, as well as supply chain organisation and control.

Hubert Fitzpatrick, CIF, DG said: “The Construction Industry Federation welcomes the urgent response to an industry need that this new programme brings. Upskilling is always important, however, it is absolutely critical at the moment in supporting the industry in its response to Government plans.”

Diarmuid Hegarty, President of Griffith College, said: “Griffith College recently took over the programmes of the Irish Institute of Purchasing and Materials Management, and are delighted to be able to respond to the needs of the construction sector in this area by working with industry partners in developing this programme.”

Peter Lennox, Skillnet Ireland Development Advisor, said: “Skillnet Ireland is committed to supporting Irish businesses to meet modern challenges and opportunities head-on through the provision of cutting-edge talent development solutions. This new programme developed in collaboration with Construction Professionals Skillnet and Griffith College is a major step forward in delivering the capabilities for the roll-out of MMC projects across Ireland. It is also a clear example of what is possible when we bring industry and higher education together to tackle complex challenges.”

“We opted for the ICF construction method when working on Cuan Bui as we decided it was the most suitable approach for ensuring timely and cost-effective project completion. With fluctuating material costs and skilled labour in short supply, the ICF system offered a manageable solution. Thus far, our decision has proven highly satisfactory as we are not only adhering to the project schedule and budget, but also successfully meeting all the necessary building standards to attain an A rating.” Richard Fitzmaurice, B&G Construction.

Construction Professionals Skillnet supports businesses of all sizes in the construction sector to improve their effectiveness, efficiency, and overall profitability. The network’s mission is meet the ever-changing needs of businesses and construction professionals, as the industry moves towards being more sustainable, lean and technology driven.

Skillnet Ireland is the national talent development agency of the Government of Ireland, responsible for advancing the competitiveness, productivity, and innovation of Irish businesses through enterprise-led talent development. In 2022, Skillnet Ireland delivered upskilling and training programmes, worth €70.2 million, to almost 25,000 businesses and over 92,000 workers through its 70 Business Networks, across most sectors and all regions in Ireland.

Pictured above: Peter Lennox, Development Advisor, Skillnet Ireland, Richard Fitzmaurice, Managing Director, B&G Construction, Hubert Fitzpatrick, Director General CIF, and Suzanne Burdis, Programme Director, Graduate Business School, Griffith College. Picture Jason Clarke

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