The HVCA has begun discussions with major building engineering services contractors on an improved employment framework for those involved in mechanical, electrical and plumbing operatives.
The intention is to provide a framework that is better suited to the requirements of blue-chip construction clients, the association states.
Following initial discussions with Unite the Union, it is hoped the scheme will be in place by March 2012.
The initiative follows fears of more job losses, in addition to those already recorded within the construction industry over the last two years, and falls in the number of orders in the first quarter of 2011.
HVCA chief executive Blane Judd emphasised that many opportunities were emerging through renewable energy and low carbon developments.
“Delivering sustainable construction is, however, dependent upon our adopting an integrated project approach – involving the teams, the supply chains and, critically, the workforce,” he said.
“Sustainability will be the thread that runs through everything we do, and our sector must equip itself with an appropriately skilled, well-managed and properly rewarded workforce.”
“Putting a new framework in place now will ensure that the industry is in excellent shape to respond to an upturn when it does arrive, as well as assisting Government in delivering on its ongoing carbon reduction commitments.
“We are delighted, therefore, that many of the sector’s major players have chosen to work with the HVCA in taking forward this crucially important initiative,” he concluded.