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DEC! backed by Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg and Alison Watson at the launch of Design Engineer Construct!®  in Sheffield and Rotheram.

DEC! will be piloted in six schools and centres – King Ecgbert in Dore, Parkwood Academy, Aston Academy, Sheffield Engineering Centre in Carbrook, the Construction Design Centre off Sheffield Parkway, and All Saints RC High on Granville Road.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrat MP for Sheffield Hallam, was at the event at Sheffield Town Hall to give the project his backing.

Mr Clegg said: “Our economy is now on the road to recovery and it is clear the role of the construction industry will play a key part in making our economy stronger.”

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Brave New World – BIM technology in Schools

One of the latest young recruits to the DEC! programme is Olawaseun Olaiwon.

Sean, a Year 11 student from St Michaels All Angels Academy in Camberwell, London, produced an excellent new school design using Autodesk Revit Architecture. His teacher, Nicolas Riedel, Head of Technology at the school, is leading the programme which will be introduced to 12 students this term.

When he leaves school, Sean wants to be an engineer so we’re lining up some great work experience opportunities with key industry supporters. He will discover a wide range of disciplines, from engineering surveying to building services and structural engineering. He’ll also learn how some of the country’s most respected companies are embracing BIM.

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Construction industry inspired at schools event

A packed out lecture hall at RICS HQ saw the construction industry wowed by the presentations of three schools as part of the ‘Big Launch’ of Class of Your Own.

The event, aimed to raise the profile of Class of Your Own and the Design Engineer Construct!® qualification, attracted over 100 senior leaders across industry.

Delegates at the event said they were “inspired”, “humbled” and “blown away” by the presentations delivered by Clacton Coastal Academy, Graveney and Compton schools, who took the audience through their ideas and work in designing eco-classrooms.

The programme Design Engineer Construct!® offers a qualification equivalent to level 2 at GCSE level and is now on performance tables and the scheme aims to permanently embed the built environment into the national curriculum.

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