ISG launches new construction qualification
ISG has launched a new construction qualification in partnership with examining body WJEC.
The contractor claims it has created the UK's first Level 3 Applied Diploma in Professional Construction Practice (PCP).
The academic course, launched at an event in the House of Commons, is aimed at high-achieving students who would normally focus on core STEM subjects.
It is worth 56 UCAS points - the equivalent of an A-Level - and provides an insight into modern construction management practices, encompassing the technologies, behaviours and innovation that support the delivery of world-class and iconic buildings.
Teaching modules include an introduction to Building Information Modelling (BIM), the use of drones, laser scanning technology, and AI and VR in the built environment.
ISG said the PCP qualification would help to change the conversation around construction for educators, parents and pupils – providing an earlier gateway into the profession for a large number of students who might never have considered a career in the built environment.
Paul Cossell, ISG’s chief executive, said: “The skills and expertise of the UK’s built environment professionals have never been in higher demand around the world. The problem we have as an industry is that a third of our workforce is now over 50 years old and we are not doing enough to educate and expose young people to the amazing opportunities that exist in this vitally important industry that delivers the infrastructure, hospitals, schools and homes that support our very existence.
“The PCP qualification is our response to engaging the brightest and most talented young people at an earlier age, with a Level 3 qualification that can sit alongside and complement existing STEM subjects.”
Rosalind Thorpe, the CIOB’s head of education, said: “The CIOB is delighted to support the new Diploma in Professional Construction Practice. This qualification will help attract much needed new talent into the industry, which is currently experiencing skills gaps. The CIOB believes that attracting school leavers into construction will be key to increasing the use of digital technologies and innovations in the industry and improving productivity.”