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Savvy employers get behind Construction and Built Environment Diploma as countdown to delivery begins

28 June 2007

Employers have welcomed the release of a  Welcome Pack which gives in-depth information on how they can help support the forthcoming Construction and Built Environment Diploma (C&BE), which will enable nearly 4,000 young people in the first year alone to develop the skills industry employers are looking for.

The launch of the Welcome Pack, by the Construction and the Built Environment Diploma Development Partnership, marks an important step on the road to delivering one of the first of the new Diploma qualifications which have been developed in close consultation with employers.

Feedback from the first wave of consultation meetings with successful consortia, made up of schools, colleges, training providers and employers, indicates employers have welcomed the opportunity to be involved in the delivery of the C&BE Diploma and are keen to learn more about how to get involved.

The Welcome Pack will help employers begin to take the practical decisions necessary to support the new qualification. The detailed materials aim to give employers context and tools to help them understand how best they can support the C&BE Diploma. In addition to Diploma specific information the Pack also contains useful information on:

    § Health & Safety, child protection and delivering work experience

    § How to arrange offsite and onsite visits

    § Useful contact information for support and resources

Norah Moss, Learning and Development Manager, Building Facilities Service at AMEC said: “Attracting greater numbers of motivated, high quality new starters is a major challenge for the industry. Involvement both in the development and delivery of the C&BE Diploma is a wonderful opportunity for employers to raise the profile of the career opportunities that exist. The new C&BE Diploma should be welcomed and embraced by all C&BE employers who have an investment in the future of the sector. The Welcome Pack provides much needed information and practical advice.”

Nick Gooderson, Head of Standards and Qualifications, ConstructionSkills said: “Since September 2005 we have worked closely with industry, Government and education providers to develop the C&BE Diploma. To now be at the stage when the first wave of consortia is preparing to deliver the C&BE Diploma is testament to the commitment shown by all parties to ensuring its success.”

The Construction & Built Environment Diploma will be available for young people from September 2008, and is one of five areas chosen for the initial launch of the qualification. Forty four consortia were given the green light by Ministers to offer places on the Construction and the Built Environment Diploma.  £90 million of central Government funding will be available to help regional consortia work up the detail of the new qualifications.

The Construction & Built Environment Diploma has been developed in consultation with industry to ensure they reflect the needs of employers. It combines practical skill development with theoretical and technical knowledge, taught by people with relevant industry knowledge. It will give young people the opportunity to gain real hands on experience, previously unavailable through traditional education methods, and a better insight into the industry.

The C&BE Diploma will include generic learning including English, Maths, IT user skills, a project, personal learning and thinking skills and work experience, supplemented by specific learning for example in graphic design or maintenance engineering. Finally, additional and specialist learning will enable young people to tailor the course to meet their particular aspirations and interests with complementary learning or with specialist learning giving them a more in-depth knowledge about the subject area, for example in architecture, heritage, civil engineering, and managing the built environment.

Employers are being urged to find out more about getting involved by visiting www.cbediploma.co.uk or through requesting a copy of the new Welcome Pack. To register your interest in supporting the delivery of the C&BE Diploma contact Jenny English on

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