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DEC! and Industry

DEC! and Industry – inspiring the next generation

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Design Engineer Construct!® provides a platform for industry to take the lead in bridging professional skills gaps and inspire thousands of children to “think like Engineers” by supporting their local schools.

This unique learning programme offers all organisations, irrespective of size, the chance to directly contribute relevance and context to learning in schools.

It provides an opportunity for genuine student engagement leading to recognised qualifications, resulting in a ‘home grown’ talent pipe of work ready, knowledgeable young professionals.


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COYO Adopt a School Scheme

The COYO Adopt a School scheme has been developed to address the serious lack of young British talent in the Built Environment.

It utilises the collective influence of industry and academia to provide a unique opportunity to work together and achieve maximum impact for minimum investment.

It enables industry adopters to “gift” the Design Engineer Construct!® suite of linked qualifications and industry/academic opportunities to schools across the UK.

Adopters commit to funding a minimum two year programme of study providing recognised qualifications to hundreds of young learners.

YOU can get involved!

No matter how large or small your organisation is, you can get involved. You can apply as a single adopter, or as a consortium with other adopters.

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If you’re an SME, there’s also a great opportunity to support our workshops. We’re always looking for active professionals including surveyors, architects, engineers, FMs and planning consultants to inspire the next generation.

The fact is, there’s room for everyone to raise the aspirations of young people, their parents and their schools, to consider the Construction Industry as a valuable, attractive proposition for future careers.

“Just to say how much I enjoyed the afternoon at the Clacton Academy and thank you for inviting me to judge. I was very impressed with how much the children had learnt and achieved in such a short time. This is a wonderful initiative and if we can help in the future please let me know.” Crispin Downs, Place Services

Benefits to Industry Adopters

  • The opportunity to offer a genuine student engagement programme leading to recognised qualifications, particularly where a live project is taking place
  • This is an industry led programme with the flexibility to span all professional disciplines offering full involvement to members and responsive to industry needs
  • Industry organisations, irrespective of size, have the ability to influence schools and the curriculum
  • Through the support of the organisations, schools will improve sector knowledge and enhance the quality of their teaching and assessment
  • Industry derived qualifications and support ensures that schools keep up with changes in technology and working practices
  • Provision of genuine corporate social responsibility through investment in the next generation of architecture, engineering and construction professionals
  • Excellent PR and Marketing opportunities
  • Opportunity to brand curriculum resources and inclusion on COYO website
  • Development of a ‘home grown’ talent pipe of BIM ready, knowledgeable young professionals

Support for DEC!

University of Westminster letter of support for DEC! qualification

University of Westminster

University of Westminster is a leading centre for the study of Architecture and the Built Environment.

Rob Garvey, Senior Lecturer & Course Leader
“As a University with a particular interest in the development of young people’s skills relating to the contruction and built environment sector we will be actively supporting schools offering the Design Engineer Construct! suite of qualifications. Further we welcome the opportunity to recommend that these qualifications are acknowledged by Goverernment as valid, rigourous and worthy of recognition for performance table points…”

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Newcastle University support for DEC!Newcastle University

Newcastle is ranked in the top 10 UK universities for civil engineering in The Complete University Guide 2015 and The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014. Civil and Structural Engineering at Newcastle ranks in the top 200 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014.

Dr Ruth Vater, Academic Programmes Manager & Admissions Tutor, School of Civil Engineering & Geosciences
“The School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences at Newcastle University will be pleased to accept students that have appropriate UCAS points on the TLM Level 3 Diploma for Designing, Engineering and Constructing a Sustainable Built Environment (QCF)”

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Mott Macdonald DEC! Qualification Support

Mott Macdonald

Mott MacDonald is the UK’s largest global management, engineering and development consultancy.

Keith Howells, Chairman 
“The Design Engineer Construct! curriculum provides much needed insight into the range of careers in construction so often ignored or undiscovered, and instills excitement and enthusiasm in teachers and students alike. As an employer of some of the world’s most respected engineers and construction professionals, Mott Macdonald is proud to support it.”

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BAM DEC! Qualification Support

BAM Construct UK Limited

BAM Construct UK is one of the most successful construction and property services companies in the UK.

Graham Cash, Chief Executive
“This new qualification provides students with the broad-based foundation of skills and knowledge needed for them to progress to further professional study in the various construction disciplines. As a significant employer of multi-disciplinary construction professionals we believe that it is important that students receive this broad grounding thus enabling them to work within the new collaborative construction processes of the future.”

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DEC! Industry Adopters

Get involved with DEC!

We’d love to work with you!

To get involved in the most innovative, challenging and relevant secondary school curriculum development in recent years, all you have to do is get in touch.

Call our team on +44 (0) 1282 680946
You will be put in touch with our experienced team who will guide you through the process and answer any questions.

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Whatever your profession contact us to express your interest, and find out how you can have a huge impact for just a small commitment of your time.

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