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The South East Centre for the Built Environment
 SECBE aims to inspire the construction industry to deliver better infrastructure and buildings in a more collaborative and cost-effective way, consistently.
SECBE’s mission: to drive positive change through the built environment sector – using core values of collaboration, innovation, and inspiration to secure adequate investment and action.
 The need for SECBE action:
Whilst some improvements have been seen in the sector since Latham’s 1994 report “Constructing the Team”, Mark Farmer’s Oct ’16 report “Modernise or Die” confirmed margins remain stubbornly low, productivity low, customer satisfaction low, and ‘performance in use’ largely unknown – perhaps as traditional procurement, regulation, methodologies and skills also remain largely unchanged. For the sector, its companies and built facilities to radically improve, our mindset and approach also needs to radically change, and that requires a catalyst like SECBE to drive positive change.
SECBE has a strong track record in project management and facilitation, with particular expertise in the following areas:
- Creating and delivering innovative solutions
- Forming partnerships and collaborations
- Project Management of cross-sector collaborative programmes
- Project management of complex European funded business support programmes
- Developing and facilitating government and industry-led task groups and enabling networks
- Achieving measurable impacts, resulting in improved business performance and profitability
 SECBE is a ‘not-for-profit’ company that leads on major programmes including:
CoTrain, our Shared Apprenticeship Scheme recruits, employs and supports over 50 apprentices.
The Constructing Excellence SECBE Awardsinspire hundreds of people to demonstrate the talent and collaborative culture that creates great companies and projects.
Construction Logistics and Community Safety (CLOCS) is championing the safest construction journeys across the UK.
Innovative Future Leaders Programme (IFLP) is driving innovation in businesses across the sector.
Inspiring Future Talent aims to bring together employers, students and educators to encourage young people to pursue a career in the sector.
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