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A Proposal to address Productivity, Efficiency, and Quality in the Light Commercial and Residential Construction Industry in Trinidad and Tobago

A Proposal to address Productivity, Efficiency, and Quality in the Light Commercial and Residential Construction Industry in Trinidad and Tobago

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  • 1. EMPOWERPACK A Proposal to address Productivity, Efficiency, and Quality in the Light Commercial and Residential Construction Industry in Trinidad and Tobago May 2008
  • 2. Textrin Company Mission
    • Solve the Caribbean’s greatest construction project challenges by matching construction and industrial innovations to construction and industrial problems.
    • Provide innovations to industrial and construction markets that will:
      • Solve common problems or fulfill an operational or project need.
      • Have a patent or a patent pending.
      • Improve project life cycle times.
      • Reduce overall project cost and improve value per project dollar spent.
      • Simplify complex projects by streamlining implementation steps, thus reducing the learning curve 
  • 3. Current Situation
    • Trinidad’s construction industry is experiencing unprecedented levels of growth.
    • The governments Vision 20/20 program is a stimulus to address chronic shortage of quality, affordable housing.
    • There is limited code compliance from developers in their use of licensed architects and engineering firms.
    • There is a degree of non-compliance in the non-urban space, where contractors build without professionally designed and approved plans.
    • Productivity per man hour of local small to medium sized contractors is estimated to be 30 to 40% below international norms.
      • Lower productivity per man hour is largely a result of :
        • A lack of knowledge of codes and best practices;
        • A lack of operating capital; and
        • A lack of labor-saving tools and equipment.
  • 4.
    • Demand for skilled trades is outstripping supply in Trinidad and Tobago.
    • The ratio of skilled trades to available jobs is declining.
    • Smaller contractors are having a more difficult time attracting workers as wage competition increases among the larger firms.
    • There is a skill gap in the current construction labor pool.
    • Imported labor is helping to fill the skill gap but is doing little to facilitate technology and skills transfer due to language and cultural issues.
    • Quality of workmanship is and will continue to be an issue, UNTIL EDUCATION TAKES PLACE.
    Current Situation
  • 5. Target Market Degree of Acceptance Age of Target Candidates
      • Residents of Trinidad and Tobago interested in entering residential and light commercial construction sector.
      • Micro Entrepreneurs already engaged in this sector.
      • High Energy, driven women and men aged 21 – 35 years old.
      • Complementary to existing training programs such as :
        • Non-traditional Skills Development Program for Women; and
        • Nedco’s Small and Medium Business Development Program
      • EMPOWERPACK is designed to integrate and compliment seamlessly with the many other efforts in place and provide a holistic approach to the development of General Contractor entrepreneurs.
    20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55 60 65 High Low Men and Women Age 21 – 35 Men and Women Age 40 – 65
  • 6. EMPOWERPACK Objectives
    • Goals
    • Solicit sponsorship of the EMPOWERPACK program by MIC
    • IMPROVE Support of MIC’s mission of producing well trained tradesmen.
    • IMPROVE the quality of construction via the implementation of Standards in Residential and Commercial Construction through certification.
    • EMPOWER the entrepreneurial spirit in construction industry of Trinidad.
    • Objectives
    • Develop and Implement a sustainable program to educate, certify, and equip contractors in the commercial and residential markets.
    • Internet, Job Site, and Classroom based solution to provide access to everyone.
    • Integrated knowledge, equipment and venture – capital based program.
    • Simple interactive curriculums for every level.
    • Integrated curriculums that are driven by job roles.
    • Electronic tracking and reporting of progress by candidates.
    • Online surveys of courseware and instructional session.
    • Electronic toolset to ease development of curriculum content.
    • Full integration model - to provide support to a program graduate in terms of mentorship, access to financial start-up capital, and guidance in building a successful business.
    • Continued participation of candidates after program graduation, to provide feedback and mentor new candidates
    • Scope
    • Comprehensive material and learning resources covering:
      • Business management principles; and
      • Codes and Building Standards.
    • Delivered via traditional and electronic solutions.
  • 7. The Program
  • 8. Empowerpack Developmental Model Competencies Skills Core Skills Construction processes and process management Project planning and project management Codes regulations and processes Health and safety management Equipment use and management Business Acumen Skills Business management principles Sub contractor management Contract management Procurement Management Individual Effectiveness Skills Coaching Resource Management Problem Solving/Decision Making Communication and negotiation
  • 9. Empowerpack Developmental Model Competency Skills Definitions Core Skills Construction processes and process management
    • Construction best practices
    • Construction management best practices
    • Basic civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering principles
    • Good construction methods; various disciplines: masonry, joinery , plumbing, electrical.
    • Reading and interpretation of plans
    Project planning and project management
    • Planning , directing and managing, monitoring, change control and closing of construction projects.
    Codes regulations and processes
    • Building codes as they relate to civil, mechanical, and electrical regulations of Trinidad and Tobago
    Health and safety management
    • OSHA legislation
    • Best practices for creating a safe work environment
    • Reporting requirements
    • Hazard analysis
    • Safe site planning practices
    Equipment use and management
    • Best practices for the maintenance of construction equipment
  • 10. Empowerpack Developmental Model Competency Skills Definitions Business Acumen Business management principles
    • Basic Accounting
    • Cash flow management
    • Government and tax reporting requirement
    • Market analysis and strategic planning principles
    • Contract types
    Sub contractor management
    • To sub contract or not to sub contract
    • Contract types – Fixed price, cost plus, cost plus incentive
    • Subcontractor reporting requirements
    • Dispute and issue handling
    Contract management
    • Legal framework of standard form of contract
    • Legal issues to be aware of
    • Dispute and issue handling
    • Mediation and arbitration
    • Contract closure
    Procurement Management
    • Cost versus quality
    • Procurement process
    • Materials and resource requirement planning
    • Ordering , shipping and receiving process
    • Inventory management
  • 11. Empowerpack Developmental Model Competency Skills Definitions Individual Effectiveness Coaching
    • Coaching/teaching styles in a variety of situations
    • Identifying skill gaps and strengths
    • Giving and accepting feedback and coaching readily
    • Creating and monitoring a personal improvement plan
    Resource Management
    • Material resource requirement planning
    • Equipment resource requirement planning
    • Labour resource requirement planning
    • Resource prioritization and impact of project crashing
    • Activity planning and prioritization
    Problem Solving/ Decision Making
    • Problem solving methodology
    • Handing difficult situations and difficult persons
    • Customer relationship management
    • Problem resolution and follow up methods
    Communication and negotiation
    • Communication models
    • Communication practices for contractors
    • Art of negotiation
  • 12. Empowerpack Proficiency Model
  • 13. Empowerpack Proficiency Model
  • 14. Empowerpack Proficiency Model
  • 15. Project Development Process
    • Develop a charter
    • Develop scope document
    • Develop project deliverables.
    • Make key decisions
      • selection criteria
      • Module content,
      • Resources,
      • Preliminary costs & schedules
    • Reviewed by the project sponsor and stakeholders
    • Adjusted as necessary
    • Approval is received
    • Resource requirements and cost estimates are made firm.
    • Memorandum of Understanding is signed (MOU)
    • Project plan development and approval
    • Project plan developed including:
      • Communication plan
      • Risk plan
      • Quality control plan
      • Change control plan
    • Project schedule developed
    • Project cost base line and project cost monitoring plan
    • Progress Reports
    • Risk Monitoring
    • Contract Management and Closure
    • Project Closure
  • 16. Development Steps Phases Activities
    • Charter and scope development
    • Agreement In principle
    • Sign MOU receive funding
    PARTNERSHIP LEARNING PORTAL DEVELOPMENT SELECT TRAIN CERTIFY PROGRAM DELIVERY
    • Project Planning
    • Project execution monitoring and control
    • Participant selection
    • Participant training
    • Participant Testing
    • Participant certification
    • Program monitoring
    • Program feedback
    • Program adjustment
    • Program improvement
  • 17.
    • Confirm Interest in EMPOWERPACK Program
    • Establish agreed upon meeting date for EMPOWERPACK
    • Begin EMPOWERPACK chartering process
    Next Steps