The starting point for a co-ordinating role is to familiarise yourself with the project structure and personnel, and find people on site who are sympathetic to your goals. They will be invaluable in persuading supply chain members about the NSAfC’s value.
The success of your project depends on you establishing and maintaining good working relationships with key site staff, community organisations and other important stakeholders. Look for local connections and research organisations likely to be useful. Identify the project’s network of stakeholders and subcontractors and make appropriate links.
When you have developed the right network of people to support your work, it will be easier to think about apprenticeships, work placements and career events and provide the right training through the supply chain.
You also need to understand the NSAfC way of working, and know your ESP so that you can prioritise targets and develop a plan of action. Ask for help – others have done this before and exceeded their goals. Use their experiences, innovations and best practice to inspire you. Find out more in our Case studies area.
A good understanding of the nature of the industry and the diversity of construction roles will help you communicate the exciting career and upskilling opportunities that you have. You role includes promoting construction as a career option to new talent, and they need to know there’s far more on offer than the traditional trades, but professional, legal, managerial and highly technical roles too. The Go Construct website is fantastic resource for information about construction careers and job roles.
For more tips on getting started, see our Suggested induction checklist for project co-ordinators (PDF, 1.2MB).