Training Tomorrows Construction Professionals

Training Tomorrows Construction Professionals

John Woodhall examines new initiatives to resolve the UK construction industry’s skills crisis.

As a business that’s committed to promoting careers in construction we’re always keen to learn about new initiatives, the latest of which is the Level 3 Applied Diploma in Professional Construction Practice (PCP) endorsed by the Chartered Institute of Building.
Since a third of our industry’s workforce is now aged over 50, the aim is to encourage 16-years olds to enter the profession at an earlier age by developing a qualification comparable with existing STEM subjects.

Equivalent to an A-Level, areas of study include building information modelling, the use of drones and laser scanning technology as well as AI and virtual reality in the built environment. The PCP Diploma is worth up to 56 UCAS points, which are transferable, so students don’t lose out should they discover that construction is not for them.

Meanwhile, representatives from across the construction spectrum along with the Institute of Apprenticeships and industry employers are progressing the design of construction apprenticeship standards. These will help employers to access the training their businesses need, helping to bridge the skills gap whilst also driving up apprenticeship completion rates and educating more women and ethnic minorities of the value of this kind of training.

Drawing on experience over many years, Wakemans remains committed to investing in talented 18-year olds (who have completed their A-Levels), offering a career opportunity that leads to the RICS-approved BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying degree. Ours is an earn-while-you-learn approach that combines on the job training with approved tuition delivered by Birmingham City University. The company pays the fees and at the end of the five-year course not only do our young professionals benefit from a full-time job with great prospects, but they are also debt-free.

Nick Astley and Lewis Sullivan are our latest Trainee intake and will enrol on Quantity Surveying and Building Surveying courses respectively in 2019. William Taylor and Sean Bennett have completed 12 months of training with us and have recently embarked on their University studies, whilst Richard Coles and Sam Longley are over half way through their course with Tom Haigh and Charlie Davidson-Cox entering the final year of their Degree. Reinforcing how our approach benefits both parties, they are all set to join a growing group of construction professionals who have built their careers with Wakemans, including Managing Director Dean Watson!


Trainee’s pictured above left to right: Nick Astley, William Taylor, Tom Haigh, Lewis Sullivan and Sean Bennett.

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