Purpose

To create a model of education that benefits young people, the construction industry and the wider economy. The project will ensure that young people studying trades and professional construction pathways in Career Colleges have the digital skills and knowledge to operate effectively in the construction industry in the 21st Century.

Colleges

City of Glasgow College

Sector

Construction

Sponsor/Employer

Sir Robert McAlpine, a family-owned building and civil engineering contractor.

Short Description

Sir Robert McAlpine (SRM) have been involved with the Career College Trust since 2016, having chaired the Pan London Construction Career College, which was influential in shaping GLA policy and development of the Mayor’s Construction Academy project in London. SRM celebrated their 150th birthday in 2019 and wanted to invest in the development of technical skills of their future workforce and the wider construction sector.

The pioneering initiative will offer employer-led skills training to 16-18-year olds. Its focus will be on the new digital methods of construction which are becoming crucial within modern industry. In phase one of the project, over 100 employers have been consulted on the definition of digital construction and the skills they need young people to have as they enter employment. The analysis has been developed into a draft framework which will be piloted in City of Glasgow College in September 2020 before being evaluated, improved and rolled out across Career Colleges and the wider FE and Skills Sector.

Legacy

The project will provide a legacy for the construction sector ensuring that students have the skills they need for a successful career in construction, civil engineering and the built environment. The skills framework will supplement the existing skills training available in colleges and, we hope, will shape future qualifications.