The cidb Practice Note 29 identifies methods that clients can apply to achieve a balance between delivery of projects and empowerment.
A contractor development programme should have clear and specific goals and outcomes. Participants must exit the programme at the end of its duration.
The only benefit to be derived from an open ended contractor development programme is job creation. The downside is creation of a dependency syndrome where contractors do not learn the skills to survive in the open competitive market space.
The cidb Standard for Indirect Targeting enables clients to stipulate minimum requirements for training and development of subcontractors on specified projects.
This is only one of the ways in which clients can ensure that development of small and emerging contractors by the established sector becomes a condition of contract on Government projects. It is additional to the requirements of the BBBEE Act which sets targets for empowerment and the Construction Industry Charter.
It shows whether companies owned by target groups such as blacks, women and youth are growing in terms of grading and are sustainable.
It shows where Government spends the bulk of infrastructure investment in terms of packaging of projects and which grade contractors and classes of works are most benefiting.
It helps agents of contractor development to make informed decision about where development initiatives are most needed and to measure whether such interventions are effective.
It enables contractor development agents to set clear and measurable targets for growth and development of contractors.
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