Careers in Construction - Construction Federation of Ireland

About the CIF

CIF is the Irish construction industry’s representative body. All stakeholders recognise the CIF as the voice for construction because each sector and region are represented.

The CIF successfully shapes policy for its members and focuses on:

  • Public capital spending programmes
  • Public sector procurement contracts, policies and procedures
  • Ensuring regulation is smart, targeted and effective
  • Improving access to finance for SMEs
  • Ensuring there are adequate skills to support growth
  • Enhancing the reputation of sector

CIF is member-led organisation through its 34 member Executive Committee. All members of this committee and other policy-groups are appointed from and by the CIF’s branches and associations. The executive committee directs a team of executives, subject matter experts and support staff in pursuing the objectives of the CIF’s committees, associations and branches.

The Complete Service

CIF supports your business directly with information and expert advice on a range of construction specific issues:

Industrial Relations problems / employment legislation.

  • Contracts you have entered into with clients / main contractors / sub contractors
  • Payment disputes / debt recovery
  • Procurement and Pre-qualification
  • Planning and development issues
  • Site safety issues and safety management systems

If you have a problem, the CIF’s expert support team will be able to assist you in the vast majority of situations. Furthermore, our detailed knowledge of the economy and the investment market sectorally and regionally can support your marketing efforts through the provision of market intelligence and a range of networking opportunities. A comprehensive range of training and business development programmes are available to ensure that your firm can assess high quality training inputs in safety and environmental requirements and business development.

Regular briefings on key policy development during the year are provided free to members on a regional basis.

The CIF publishes annually a Directory of Services and Register of Members. We circulate this widely to all clients on our client database. In addition, the CIF has specialist registers of members of Safe-T-Cert, Heritage Contractors and firms on the Environmental Retrofit Register. These registers are also promoted to potential clients on behalf of members of the registers.

Many members receive substantial reductions in the cost of CIF membership by availing of a number of affinity programmes negotiated on behalf of members including:

More cost effective insurance – EL/PL and contractors all risk through Affinity Cover.

Cheaper fixed line phone calls and broadband through the CIF’s Imagine Affinity Scheme.

CIF & Training

The Construction Industry Federation (CIF) is the leading provider of training courses for the construction industry in Ireland. Our training courses have been devised to meet the needs of the construction sector, informed by those working on the frontline of the construction industry.

We provide a wide range of top quality programmes, with expert lecturers sourced from relevant fields within the construction industry. This has lead to our construction training programme being highly regarded, both in Ireland and internationally.

The CIF training courses are practical, allowing them to be easily transferred to real world scenarios on site.

All our courses provide accreditation, a key factor for construction companies which has become vitally important throughout Irish industry and abroad. CIF construction training courses are accredited to bodies such as QQI and IOSH.

CIF training programmes are the named programmes within the Department of Finance Pre Qualification documents for construction tenders.

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