NPTC Group of Colleges and education company Class Of Your Own (COYO) have joined forces to help young people in Wales create their own sustainable learning environments whilst at the same time opening their eyes to potential career opportunities in architecture, engineering and construction.
They have been working together to look at how the Design Engineer Construct (DEC) learning programme could be delivered in Wales following similar successful projects in England and Scotland.
Projects have provided opportunities for primary and secondary school pupils the chance to be the planners, surveyors, designers, engineers and project managers on their own sustainable building projects and to understand how maths, science and technology have practical applications in the real world.
There has already been interest from professional institutions, Wales-based employers, and the schools themselves and will follow on from other innovative projects backed by the Welsh government and its support for the construction sector.
Alison Watson, Managing Director of Class Of Your Own said: “Wales clearly recognises the construction industry as a key contributor to its success, not only in terms of growth and prosperity, but also education and skills. Everyone I work with wants to play their part in ensuring Built Environment pathways are clearly communicated to young people, their parents and teachers and that technical and professional qualifications have parity with traditional academic routes. I thoroughly look forward to working with the College and its supporters to drive forward a new initiative for Welsh children.”
Mark Dacey, CEO, NPTC Group said that the College had a long tradition of looking at new models to support the construction industry as well as delivering excellent results.
“We are looking forward to be working with Class Of Your Own, to develop a unique approach in Wales, through a schools delivery approach. We are already in joint discussions with Qualifications Wales, in terms of how the programme links to the Welsh Baccalaureate and we are also in discussions with schools. As this moves forward, we would look to work with others, to provide a development and support group in Wales, which would include, professional institutions, schools, industry, colleges and the Welsh government.”