15 March 2018
ISG is working with the Welsh Joint Education Committee (WJEC) to develop a course which allows students to gain a firm understanding of contemporary construction practice, before continuing their studies at university.
The Level 3 Applied Diploma in Professional Construction Practice, which is the first course of its kind in Wales and worth the equivalent of an A-level, teaches students a wide range of skills through modules including the design and creation of the built environment, and the value of Building Information Modelling (BIM).
Several universities have recognised the qualification for degree entry, including The University of Salford’s acclaimed built environment school and Wrexham Glyndwr University.
ISG operations manager, Howard Davies, said: “As a company, we have been actively engaged in construction education in Wales for many years, thanks to our work with Pontypridd High School, where we developed a suite of educational materials.
“Engaging with the WJEC, we noted that there was a distinct knowledge gap between this level of learning and what was expected at Further Education (FE) institutions, and together saw an opportunity to create a new Level 3 qualification that would bridge this gap and better prepare students for university.”
Discussions are continuing with Neath Port Talbot Group of Colleges (NPTC) to form a learning partnership in Wales, in which ISG will share skills and knowledge with teachers to ensure the qualification is successfully delivered.
The course, which showcases new and emerging technologies in contemporary construction practice, is designed to provide students with a comprehensive framework of knowledge, give rise to an understanding of the diverse roles within the industry, and promote the applied skills that the industry relies upon.
Rosalind Thorpe, head of education at the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), 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.”
Within Wales, ISG is working on projects that are transforming the landscape of Cardiff city centre, including two major office schemes for client Rightacres to be tenanted by BBC Wales, Hugh James solicitors and Cardiff University, as well as a high-specification 26-storey student accommodation project for Fusion Students.
Creating a positive community and economic legacy from the delivery of these projects is central to ISG’s social value commitment, with its support of apprenticeships, student tours, work placements and graduate schemes to help inspire the next generation of construction professionals.
Allan Perry, subject officer at WJEC, said: “The diploma is a step forward in preparing students for university with a solid grounding in professional practice for design, engineering, construction and commercial managers.
“It is great that we have been able to utilise support from ISG, as a major contractor working in Wales, as we can be sure that the knowledge that is being passed onto the next generation of construction professionals is up to date, relevant and used daily on some of our country’s most impressive construction sites.”