YPG Update

JCT’s Young Professionals Group continues a productive 2023 with a series of events, activities, and initiatives for construction professionals in the first few years of their career.

On 1st September, the group hosted a breakfast seminar covering Letters of Intent, presented by Charles Edwards, JCT Council member, barrister, and head of chambers, Gray’s Inn Construction Chambers. This interactive, small group, workshop explored the potential issues around the use of Letters of Intent and the dos and don’ts to follow when parties choose this early method of engagement.

On 12th September, a YPG Volunteer Leader-led event took place at the offices of CMS, on the topic of ‘How is inflation governed under JCT?’. This roundtable networking event covered the topic of inflation with JCT contracts and looked at some examples of scenarios to see how the clauses work in practice. Both legal and surveying perspectives were covered, with the event hosted by YPG Volunteer Leaders Kate Moffett, senior associate, CMS, Charlie Saunders, associate project monitoring surveyor, Emerson Bond, and Mark Pantry, solicitor, Fenwick Elliot.

On 26th October, the JCT YPG will be teaming up with young professional groups from the RICS and CIOB for a networking event at RICS headquarters in London. The event will be an exciting opportunity to bring young professionals from across the industry to meet, make contacts, and discuss key issues affecting their careers and the wider built environment.

Aside from events, the YPG has also launched a new quarterly initiative, the Member Spotlight, which gives YPG members the opportunity to share their background, career highlights to date, and key achievements, with a featured article on the YPG website, on social media, and in member emails. This new feature enables us to get to know members and shine a spotlight on their achievements.

The YPG ‘Let’s Catch up Over JCTea’ scheme is also continuing to pair members for short, informal online conversations on a range of topics. Added to this is the new Spot Mentoring programme, which provides an informal opportunity for casual, short, or one-off guidance sessions (of about 30 mins), where YPG members can benefit from the knowledge and experience of the construction professionals that contribute to JCT.

If you are interested in finding out more or would like to indicate your willingness to take part in mentoring or talking at a YPG event, please send an email to hello@adminypg.co.uk.