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70 companies commit to construction diploma

70 companies have committed to supporting the controversial Construction and the Built Environment Diploma that will begin in Spetember for 14-19 year-olds.

Last week the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) announced that it had doubts over the commitment of students or companies to to diploma, and demanded to know the numbers of interested parties.

Chair of the Employer Engagement Group developing the C&BE Diploma and training manager for Seddon Group Roy Cavanagh said: "These are exciting times for the Construction and Built Environment industry, with a huge range of high profile projects taking place now and in the years ahead.

"It is essential that the industry attracts the right people with the right skills to meet this challenge. We have just finished holding meetings across England with the majority of the 44 consortia (partnerships made up of schools, colleges, training providers and employers) delivering the C&BE Diploma and I can confidently say that employers and teachers are very engaged."

Contracts Team Leader at Rok, Simon Last, said: "The introduction of this new qualification is a great opportunity for employers to get involved in education and for the first time we have a real opportunity to shape the skills of our future workforce.

"Young people need to hear and see what our exciting and growing industry has to offer. We would encourage businesses to follow our lead and sign up to offer work experience, site visits or careers advice to those pupils taking the C&BE Diploma."

Head of qualifications and standards at ConstructionSkills, Nick Gooderson said: "We have been actively working with all the 44 consortia that have been approved to deliver the Construction and the Built Environment Diploma to up to 4,000 pupils across England.

"The feedback we've received from the teachers, schools and colleges that we deal with are that they are prepared for the launch and confident they'll be able to deliver this exciting new qualification.

"We are giving guidance on facilities required and the Diploma content itself and working with QCA, awarding bodies like Edexcel and consortia on the production of exemplar teaching and assessment programmes.

"We have also arranged inset days for teachers to familiarise them with the C&BE Diploma and visits to FE colleges are being organised to allow teachers to get hands on experience of construction trades. We're also arranging for ambassadors and employers to go into schools to assist with delivery.

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