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Massive threefold increase in firms backing the Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment

Construction firms are rushing to come on board for the launch of the Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment (C&BE), with a 300 per cent increase in companies pledging their support.


The Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment launches in September, and in the last few months a further 206 construction firms have committed to deliver the new qualification, bringing the total number of employers to 276.

Nick Gooderson, Head of Standards and Qualifications at ConstructionSkills, the lead partner in the development of the C&BE Diploma said: “We have been inundated with request from firms eager to play their part in training the workforce of tomorrow.

“We have worked hard to achieve this result. ConstructionSkills, the Diploma Employer Champion Network and the C&BE Diploma Engagement Group have all led active campaigns to recruit more employers. Consortia too have rallied support within their local communities and the result is testament to everyone’s dedication, in ensuring that the Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment is a success.”

Roy Cavanagh, Training Manager of Seddon Group and Diploma Employer Champion said: “We are offering work experience placements, on-site and school visits. Firms recognise this is an excellent opportunity to raise their profile within their local communities. It’s also a way of developing new recruitment channels.”


The Diploma in C&BE, which has been developed by employers, schools, colleges and universities, aims to help young people aged 14 to 19 realise their potential and gain knowledge and skills in a ‘real world’ environment. It can be taken instead of or alongside GCSEs, A-levels and vocational subjects and it aims to equip students with skills they can apply to the next stage of their development; be that university, college or the world of work. 

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