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GCSE students make strides in construction exams

Young people who have excelled in the new construction and built environment GCSE came to visit One Great George Street earlier this month to celebrate their success.

Part of National Construction Week events, the students were invited by ConstructionSkills, the Sector Skills Council for Construction and
examination board Edexcel.

The day was designed to highlight the career opportunities available to young people in the construction industry, and was attended by construction minister Stephen Timms.

Sir Michael Latham, chairman of ConstructionSkills, said: "It is extremely important to recognise the achievements of these young people who represent the future of UK construction. The GCSE is important because it is one of the first new qualifications in construction and the built environment for young people. It provides an introduction to the breadth and scope of the construction process and the career opportunities the industry can offer.

"Construction is one of the largest industries in the UK – this year alone 13,000 new projects wort £160bn will start. Many of these are exciting large-scale projects including the Olympics, the Thames Gateway, large-scale regeneration projects in Leeds and Sunderland, St David's 2 Shopping Centre in Cardiff and Bristol's Broadmead development, to name just a few.

"Recent research shows that 87,600 new recruits are needed to join the industry each year to meet current demand, so the opportunities are plentiful. We must show young people the range of exciting and varied opportunities within the industry and National Construction Week is designed to do just that."

Students and teachers attended, and awards were presented for top exam results, best coursework and outstanding achievement.

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