Design Engineer Construct! now approved for schools in England, Scotland and Wales x

DEC! and Young People

Your journey to an exciting and challenging career starts here…

If someone says “Construction Career” to you, what springs to mind?… Bricklayer, Joiner, Plumber?

Would it surprise you to learn there are lots of other exciting professional careers in the Construction Industry (or Built Environment as it’s professionally known) that may not have the correctly skilled people to fill them, because young people, and even teachers, don’t know about them?

Would it also surprise you to learn that, until now, there has been no dedicated curriculum to encourage young people, like you, to explore these professional careers.

DEC! can help you get industry work experience & apprenticeships


there is more to construction than being a bricklayer.

“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! Student

DEC! has opened up so many opportunities

“I wasn’t thrilled about this new subject; to me, it was a ‘nothing’ subject. I thought that Brad was wasting his time by choosing DEC! My first thought was that it was an easy subject used by the school to improve exam results for the Ofsted reports….How wrong I was.

DEC! has opened up so many opportunities for Brad, and now I’m so thrilled he went through with it! I am so proud of Brad and grateful for where he has ended up because of DEC!”

Brad’s Mum

I saw the career opportunities that might emerge

Brad would tell me about his DEC! lessons when I picked him up from school, I was impressed with the industry methods and software being used and how much enthusiasm the students and teachers put into it. Then came all of the presentations and I saw how much industry professionals had got involved.

I saw the career opportunities that might emerge, and indeed they have. I am so happy that Brad has followed a career path into something that he thoroughly enjoys and I’m so proud of how far he has come since he took up Design Engineer Construct!®

Brad’s Dad

I've learnt a lot in this experience

“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

DEC! can help you into these exciting professions and more…

Land Surveyor

Alison Watson Land Surveyor and COYO DirectorLand Surveyors collect highly accurate
data to map the shape of the land.

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Structural Engineer

Structural-EngineerStructural Engineers ensure
buildings are stable and safe.

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ArchitectArchitects use creative ideas and technical
know-how to design great buildings.

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Building Services Engineer

Career Pathways - Building Services EngineerBuilding Services Engineers bring
buildings and structures to life.

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Civil Engineering Surveyor

Civil Engineering SurveyorCivil Engineering Surveyors ensure structures are the right size and place.

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Quantity Surveyor

Career Pathways - Quantity SurveyorQuantity Surveyors take care of the purse strings and legalities on huge projects.

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Facilities Manager

Career Pathways - Facilities ManagerFacilities Managers
make buildings work.

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Site Manager

Ryan Geldard, Site ManagerSite Managers influence the entire construction process.

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Civil Engineer

Chartered EngineerCivil Engineers are creative problem solvers who create amazing structures.

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EcologistEcologists help reduce the impact a development has on the environment.

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Planners shape the way our towns and cities are developed and built.

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DEC! is supported by industry leaders and universities

“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.”
Keith Howells, Chairman 

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

“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.”
Graham Cash, Chief Executive

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

“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…”
Rob Garvey, Senior Lecturer & Course Leader

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

“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)”
Dr Ruth Vater, Academic Programmes Manager and Admissions Tutor
School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences

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.

DEC! News

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  • And our Design Jamie’s winner is…October 20, 2016 - 5:30 pm

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