The skills, tools and abilities needed to operate as a tradesman, foreman, or supervisor are different to those required to successfully manage a site. This course will provide the training and essential supporting toolbox to help managers deliver their sites in the three areas of quality, cost, and delivery.

Each training workshop is complemented by a full set of supporting spreadsheets and documents provided free of charge to the participants for use on their projects. These tools have been successfully used by organisations across the UK and have been specifically produced to meet the needs of real site managers on actual projects.

Course delivery

The participants will develop their skills during a series of five one-day workshops that will progress the site from set-up to handover and introduce essential project management tools that have been proven to improve quality, cost control and programme delivery.

Attendees who submit evidence of the application of the materials presented at the course will be assessed against competency to receive a level 3 BTEC advanced award in Advanced Site Management techniques.

Workshop 1 - Site set-up and logistics

Essential learning outcomes
  • The roles of a site / project / contracts manager
  • How compound layout and site logistics affect productivity
  • Understanding the links between housekeeping, productivity, and health and safety
  • How to produce a cost estimate and track spend throughout the project
  • How to identify and manage client expectations within a contractual framework
Workshop outline

The workshop will consider the initial set-up of a project, the regulatory requirements and how early logistical considerations can have a major impact on subsequent delivery. Understanding the clients’ aspirations and how these fit within the contractual framework will also be explored. Site logistics and cost control tools and techniques will be introduced together with an exploration of the roles and responsibilities of a site / project / contracts manager and the formation of an activity schedule of tasks to be undertaken on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis.

Workshop 2 - Design, planning and control

Essential learning outcomes
  • How to manage the design delivery process
  • The importance of zoning and a common site language
  • How to manage requests for information and change control
  • How to manage the performance of designers and sub-contractors
  • How to ensure activities can start when planned
Workshop outline

The management of detailed design delivery is critical to ensuring programme activities start as planned. The workshop will introduce a range of tools and techniques to help identify, manage, and track the delivery of design information. The use of formal performance management tools and key performance indicators will be explored and a simple system presented for displaying this information. Essential to ensuring activities start is the constraints planning tool, a checklist for ensuring all pre-requisite information, sign-offs and enablers are obtained before starting the activity.

Workshop 3 - Master-planning and risk management - superstructure

Essential learning outcomes
  • How to develop a collaborative masterplan
  • The importance identifying and controlling long lead items
  • How to identify and manage project risks
  • Dealing with difficult people
  • Alternatives to gantt charts
  • Options for a daily stand-up meeting
Workshop outline

Planning and controlling the construction activities on a site is a key activity for any site / project manager. The workshop introduces the two layers of planning and control to effectively run a site from master-planning through to daily controls. The participants will each take the role of site manager or sub-contractor to explore how their different drivers affect their ability to commit and deliver against a programme. In addition, a project risk register tool will be explored to identify how risks can be identified and mitigated against.

Workshop 4 -  Batch sizing and weekly planning - fit out

Essential learning outcomes
  • How to zone up a site for fit-out
  • Understand how batching impacts on programme
  • How to co-ordinate fit out trades
  • How to hold a collaborative weekly sub-contractor meeting
Workshop outline

The fit-out of any construction site requires significant skill in managing multiple sub-contractors to tight deadlines. This
workshop outlines the principles of how different batch sizes impact on programme delivery and the level of management required. In addition the attendees will conduct a weekly planning meeting to simulate those typically found on-site. The ability to conduct sub-contract meetings is a key requirement for any manager in control of a site but is an area where little formal training has usually been provided.

Workshop 5 - Quality, inspections and handover

Essential learning outcomes
  • Understand the difference between quality and specification
  • Consider approaches to inspections and snagging
  • How to plan for testing, commissioning, and handover
  • Explore options for capturing the lessons learnt
Workshop outline

The ability to handover a project on-time is of paramount importance to the credibility and reputation of any construction organisation. The snagging, testing, and commissioning stages of a project are often areas where time is lost and weeks are added to programmes. Designing for this stage of a project early on can ensure that snags are minimised and, importantly, the sub-contractors on-site are rectifying the defects as the site progresses. The use of tracking tools will be demonstrated to manage the delivery of large numbers of supporting documentation. Finally, a number of templates will be explored to ensure that lessons are learnt from one site to the next and captured in a way that is quick and easy to produce.