CITB, building companies and awarding bodies produce new qualification requirements for future of construction and built environment

New applied standards for qualifications to meet the future needs of the construction and Built Environment industry have been produced by 26 of the country’s leading construction and built environment companies, professional institutions, awarding bodies, higher education colleges, and training providers.

The Standards for 14 to 19 Education for the first time provide a basis for a range of specifications to inform the design of a range of applied, technical and vocational qualifications for construction and the built environment. They have been developed to guide awarding bodies, schools and providers in England, Wales and Scotland, and reflect recent changes and technical developments in construction and the built environment.

The standards form the basis for a motivating learning experience through a blend of general education and applied learning, covering the built environment in a holistic way and including aspects of the industry around consideration of well-being, social, economic and community issues.

The standards, which have the support of employers and provide a benchmark for future development of qualifications, have been produced by CITB, the Construction Industry Training Board via its 14-19 Advisory Committee.

The committee’s membership includes construction and built environment companies Seddon Group, Balfour Beatty, Wates, Lovells and Laing O’Rourke, as well as the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Awarding bodies that contributed to the work of the committee include City & Guilds, OCR (Oxford, Cambridge and RSA), WJEC (Welsh Joint Educational Committee) and Edexcel.

The Department for Education is also engaged with the work of the committee, which was chaired by Roy Cavanagh MBE, Training and Education Executive at Seddon.

Nick Gooderson, Head of Education and Research at CITB, said:

“CITB is pleased to have worked with other key industry bodies to produce these new 14 to 19 standards and to ensure that they reflect modern-day industry need. We consider this an example of best practice when employers and awarding bodies work together in this way to inform qualification and curriculum development work for young people.

“For the first time we have a set of standards that supports the learning of young people. They are important and the industry wants them to be recognised accordingly, and used by awarding bodies and providers to inform their curriculum and qualification and development work.

“We very much hope that awarding bodies will continue to incorporate these standards in their qualifications.”

The standards were developed through the work of a subgroup chaired by Bridget Bartlett, Deputy Chief Executive at the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). She said:

“I am delighted as Chair of the Standards Group to publish these standards which support a coherent, comprehensive framework for 14- to 19-year-old learners in construction and the built environment.

“It is difficult to get most people excited when you say standards, but what this work will do is exciting. It will inspire young minds with learning material that employers need, and awarding organisations, schools and colleges will attract more young talent into a career in the construction industry as a result. This is a win on so many levels.”

The standards have been designed to support a programme of applied and practical learning that will introduce young people to the industry, support learner choice and lay a foundation for future progression to further and higher education, professions, apprenticeships and employment.

Programmes based on the standards should provide young people with different opportunities to explore the built environment at different levels.