CIOB joins forces with New York City

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has teamed up with the New York City Department of Design & Construction (NYC DDC) to increase the number of chartered construction managers there.

The new strategic partnership is intended to help New York’s construction professionals gain CIOB chartered status.

The North American construction market which is forecast to grow by 40% over the next ten years and NYC DDC is responsible for many of the the city’s public assets, including parks, courts, fire stations, libraries and police stations.

“The department plays a vital role in delivering quality services that ensures one of the world’s most challenging cities keeps pace with the needs of its citizens,” said Bridget Bartlett, deputy chief executive at the CIOB. “New York is a demanding environment and with its long history for iconic construction projects there is a need for skilled professionals to maintain that ambition well into the future.”

She added; “This agreement is the first of its kind for the CIOB outside of the UK. In the future NYC DDC assessors will be trained to deliver our professional review, traditionally a prerequisite for anyone applying to become fully chartered.  Our work with NYC DDC will help their employees make the most of their talent, raise the profile of Chartered Construction Managers across the Atlantic, and promote the value and impact construction management has on society and the economy.”

The CIOB will outline training programmes for NYC DDC employees, and tailor its careers advice and recommendations to suit the requirements of each individual wishing to obtain chartered status.  Employees will also gain access to the CIOB continuing professional development knowledge base.  Staff will also have access to qualification workshops on topics such as project management, sustainability, and planning.

NYC DDC commissioner Feniosky Peña-Mora – a fellow of the CIOB – said; “Here at DDC, we want to encourage and support every member of our staff to reach their full potential through training and development. Our partnership with CIOB is an important step to helping us achieve this goal and promoting overall growth for our agency.”