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DEC Buzz

“Introducing students to real-life engineering has always been a challenge in schools. DEC enables us to do just that – giving our students access to real-life engineers, a real-life engineering project, and industry standard design software. The enthusiasm with which students engage in the project is fantastic. DEC has been a stunning success in every way.”

Andrew Chubb – Principal, Archbishop Sentamu Academy, Hull



“In two recent observations of DEC lessons by Colleagues, Senior Management and an Ofsted inspector the lessons were graded as “Outstanding”, with the real strength of the lesson being the significant pupil progress shown in a 45 minute lesson. The benefits of this programme for learners are huge and the impact on teaching and learning in the department has been equally impressive.”

Daniel McDonagh – STEM Coordinator and Lead DT Teacher, St Ambrose Barlow R.C. High School



“DEC has helped develop my understanding of jobs in construction. I now know that there is more to construction than being a bricklayer. Job roles such as quantity surveying and construction management are two examples of job roles that I now have a better understanding about. I also know about cadet programmes and graduate management schemes at Laing O’Rourke and Mott McDonald.”

Brad, DEC Yr 10 Student

“I cannot thank you enough for helping me with finding work experience… I’ve learnt a lot in this experience therefore you’ve possibly helped me with my future studies and work… I don’t know what I would have done without your help and input. You’ve made my life easier, therefore you had also made my Mum’s life easier as she was also supporting me through this.”

Erol, DEC Student


Rob Garvey University of Westminster

“William is enjoying DEC enormously and is very excited about all the career options the course is giving him and has not stopped working on his Hotel Underground project for the past week.”

Parent of previously dis-engaged student


Paul Brook Sewell Group

Graveney School visit to the Mini Shard and Arup’s office

“Tony Byrne and Joe Wu from Gratte were fantastic; extremely informative and interactive. The tour of the Mini Shard was a great platform for our students to see how architecture, engineering, BIM and design work come together to design, create systems and furnish a lavish building. The pupils were inquisitive about how the heating and cooling systems functioned. We had the opportunity to see an exclusive floor, where a well known and affluent newspaper boss will be using for his multi-million news empire. More interestingly for the pupils they were able to view a floor with only the framework visible. The Mini Shard visit widened pupils’ understanding and knowledge into the Construction industry which they would like to pursue as a career in the future.

arupThe Arup visit was an amazing opportunity for the pupils to see the vision from the architectural angle. The contracts and projects that Arup have been involved with fascinated our pupils. The intricate modelling demonstrated the precision involved in design, architecture and engineering. Overall the visits elevated our pupils’ vision for their future!”

Hermione Lewis – DT Teacher, Graveney School

RICS-logoGraveney School visit to RICS

“Can I formally congratulate you and your amazing students on a magnificent and inspiring presentation last week at the COYO launch at the RICS. It was wonderful to hear how you have embraced the programme and the students clearly enjoyed the experience.”

Graham Manly

wates-constructionStudent Placement – Wates Construction Ltd

“It was a pleasure to have Samuel on site for the week. He is a well mannered, respectful young man with a willingness to listen, learn and understand. He was popular with all members of our staff.  We wish him every success in the future with the career path he chooses to follow. Well done.”

Ray Jacques, Project Manager, Wates Construction

Student Placement – Cundall

“I spoke to Luke on his last day and it was great to hear his genuine enthusiasm as he described what he had be doing whilst he was with us. He spent some time in all of our engineering departments to give him an appreciation of all of the things we do. All of the team leaders that sat with Luke were impressed the interest that he showed and he picked up the technical issues quickly.

Luke is a very polite and bright young man and it was a pleasure to have him join our team.”

Paul Kenyon, Partner, Cundall 

Student Placement – Habitat Systems

“Daniel joined us voluntarily during his summer holiday break and proved to be a mature, enthusiastic and pleasant addition to the company. Daniel’s punctuality and presentation was faultless, his attitude was one of quiet confidence and his work ethic was to be admired. On a personal level I would have no hesitation in recommending Daniel to other companies and would be happy to have him back myself.

I was pleasantly surprised to see how advanced Daniel was in his use of various software packages used in the construction industry. Daniel expressed an interest in using Autodesk Revit Structure as he’s used this package less than AutoCAD and I was quietly proud of him wanting to push himself. He completed an introduction tutorial, creating a model from scratch which incorporated all the main structural elements, adding views to title blocks and organising his Revit environment.

Towards the end of the week I had genuine cause for Daniel to help out on some project work. Initially this entailed adding detail line work and annotations to two large precast concrete residential schemes, leading to providing full setting-out dimensions to layouts and creating his own views and layouts. His work was tidy, accurate and completed efficiently all within Revit Structure.

During a site visit to the First Street Cultural Centre, a local theatre development, Daniel demonstrated he was interested in construction techniques and that there was be an appreciation of the structural engineering and modelling in the background. This leads me to believe that Daniel would be well suited to a career in structural engineering and, should he choose to undertake an apprenticeship, I could see him benefitting from starting as a junior drawing technician and progressing to engineer.”

Dan Woodman, Senior Technician, HabitatSystems

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