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Recognition Scheme for the Diploma in Construction and Built Environment launched

ConstructionSkills, and its Diploma Development partners, have launched a Recognition Scheme to identify and reward partner businesses who deliver the new Construction and Built Environment Diploma.

 Firms will receive a certificate and a recognition mark that they will be able to use in their marketing material as a badge of pride in their efforts to help young people prepare for a future in work or higher education.

Wates Construction became the first company to receive recognition for their commitment. They were presented with their Recognition Scheme mark and certificate at their head office in Leatherhead on the 25 September by Simon Bartley, C&BE Employer Champion .

Dave Smith, Managing Director of Wates Construction, said: "In today’s fast paced working environment, you can’t assume that one size fits all. Academic training is important, but practical skilled-based training plays a key role in developing a workforce with the right skills for individual businesses and the wider construction industry. Wates is enormously proud to be involved with the Diploma in C&BE and believe it will go some way to developing a highly skilled workforce for the future.”

The Recognition Scheme pack will be sent to all 44 of the successful 2008 consortia, which between them are working with the support of hundreds of employers across England and as more consortia are successful the pack will be rolled out across the country.

Nick Gooderson, Head of Standards and Qualifications at ConstructionSkills, said: “The Recognition Scheme has been developed to congratulate companies up and down the country who have committed their time and effort to improve the skills base of the future.”

Already nearly 300 firms have committed to support the Construction and Built Environment Diploma including Major contractors; Seddon Group, Bovis, Laing O’Rourke, Lovell, Wates, Rok, Balfour Beatty, Kier, Persimmon Homes and Carillion.

Roy Cavanagh, Training Manager of Seddon Group and Diploma Employer Champion said: “We are offering work experience placements, on-site and school visits but it’s entirely up to the business how involved they are. 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.”

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Chair of the C&BE Diploma Development Partnership, Simon Bartley, presents Chris Simpson, Education Liaison Officer, Wates Construction, with the Recognition Scheme Certificate

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