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Diploma recognition scheme launched

A scheme has been launched to identify and reward partner businesses in the delivery of the new diploma in construction and the built environment (C&BE).

The recognition scheme -- sponsored by ConstructionSkills -- will enable supporting companies to showcase their commitment in helping develop tomorrow’s workforce.

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.

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.

Schools Minister Jim Knight said: "The Diploma is an exciting new educational option for young people, which combines theoretical study with practical experience and best prepares them for higher education or work. We thank all of the organisations who have pledged their support for the Diploma."

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."

Wates Construction last month became the first company to receive recognition for their commitment in developing the Diploma in C&BE. They were presented with their Recognition Scheme mark and certificate at their head office in Leatherhead.

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."

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