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CITB produces new education standards

4 Nov 14 The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has drawn up new qualification requirements for schoolchildren and young people looking to join the industry.

The 14 to 19 Construction & Built Environment Education Standards were produced with support from various professional institutions and awarding bodies as well as some of the country’s leading building companies.

Their aim was to reflect recent changes and technical developments in construction and the built environment.

The standards have been developed to guide awarding bodies, schools and providers in Great Britain and provide a benchmark for future development of qualifications. They are designed to provide a basis for a range of applied, technical and vocational qualifications.

The standards have been produced by CITB’s 14-19 Advisory Committee, which is made up of 26 of the country’s leading construction and built environment companies, including Seddon Group, Balfour Beatty, Wates, Lovells and Laing O’Rourke, as well as the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

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Awarding bodies that contributed to the committee’s work include City & Guilds, OCR (Oxford, Cambridge and RSA), the Welsh Joint Educational Committee and Edexcel. The committee was chaired by Seddon training and education executive Roy Cavanagh.

CITB head of education and research Nick Gooderson said: “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.”

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