Design Engineer Construct!® has now been formally recognised in Scotland thanks to the key support of the Chartered Institute of Building, and is already piloting in Drummond High School in Edinburgh, Garnock Academy in Kilbirnie, and St Joseph’s Academy in Kilmarnock where student take-up and attitude has been impressive.

Comprising an introductory and intermediate programme of study, DEC has been credit rated onto the SCQF by SQA’s Credit Rating Service at SCQF Levels 4 and 6, both carrying 16 credits. SCQF levels 4 and 6 correspond to level 2 and 4 on the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).

DEC offers young people numerous opportunities to access a wide variety of career pathways, thanks especially to the innovative ‘Adopt a School’ industry partnership scheme that brings professionals into the classroom to support teachers in educating the future of construction and changing the lives of young people. A wrap-around teacher training programme is the icing on the cake.

Alison Watson said: “I’m thrilled to finally bring DEC to Scotland, and many of my industry colleagues who live and work here are just as excited to get involved with schools in a really meaningful way.

“DEC captures the imagination of child, parent, teacher and industry professional; it’s inclusive, engaging and more than anything, offers genuine progression routes into some fantastic careers. The interest from Scottish schools has been nothing short of fantastic.”

DEC bridges several initiatives in STEM and Developing the Young Workforce, with key focus on numeracy and literacy and core skills, tackling gender imbalance and formalising wider achievement and employability.

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