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We need you to help develop a qualification you can depend on – The new Construction and Built Environment Diploma

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Specialised Diplomas are being developed in a range of industries to provide 14-19 year olds with a broad programme of applied learning. ConstructionSkills is helping to develop a Diploma for Construction and the Built Environment

A new type of vocational qualification is coming. Specialised Diplomas are being developed to provide 14-19 year olds with a broad programme of applied and other learning, underpinned by essential skills. ConstructionSkills is helping to develop a Diploma for Construction and the Built Environment - meaning the sector will soon have a qualification that incorporates the skills that employers want.

The Construction and the Built Environment Diploma will combine practical skill development with theoretical and technical knowledge. Young people with the Diploma will have better skills, and a better insight into what the sector is like to work in. They will be more motivated when entering employment because they will already be equipped with the skills they need to help them get on.

The new Diplomas will comprise the best of current qualifications, including GCSEs and A levels, supplemented by new content to be identified with the help of employers like you.

The Diploma will be easy to recognise and understand, and valuable to employers who appreciate traditional qualifications, but who also feel that young people should have a broader grounding in the required skills, before joining their chosen sector.

Teaching of the Diploma will begin in 2008. It will be delivered through local partnerships of schools, colleges and employers and will provide young people with the chance to be taught by people with relevant and up to date skills in a stimulating and practical environment. It aims to provide a real benefit to employers by providing them with trainees who have made an informed choice of career, and who have the much-needed skills, reducing recruitment and training costs, and ultimately staff turnover.

What will the Construction and the Built Environment Diploma mean for employers?

Employers will have the confidence of knowing that a young person with the Construction and Built Environment Diploma has mastered essential skills in English, Maths, Information Communication Technology, Communications, and Team-working as well a meeting a competent standard in key industry related subject. Employers will also be sure that a young person with a Diploma can apply these skills in work situations and has the kind of attitude to work which should make them successful.

For young people, the Diploma will enable them to further their education and earn a qualification that is suited to their individual learning style. It will provide young people with the skills and knowledge they need to progress into employment, training and further or higher education, together with a qualification which is recognised and valued by employers in construction.

Be involved from the start

It is vital that the Construction and the Built Environment Diploma delivers the skills that employers - like you - in the industry need and want.

What do you want the Construction and the Built Environment Diploma to consist of? To get it right, we need you to get involved in the development of this new qualification.

Have your say

Have your say and help lay the foundations for the future of the construction and the built environment. Log on to Construction and the Built Environment Diploma website to complete the full consultation questionnaire.

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