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Innovative training programme attracts new supporter [THE LATEST COMPANY to pledge its support for the PlanBEE

training initiative for construction students in the North East is law firm Bond Dickinson, via its Newcastle-upon-Tyne office. The initiative is the brainchild of Ryder Architecture and was developed in conjunction with Gateshead College, with support from Arup, Brims, Cundall, Esh, FaulknerBrown, Sir Robert McApline and Xsite. It offers students with an interest in design, construction and leadership an alternative training programme which will help shape the future of our ever-more sophisticated cities. The idea behind the higher apprenticeship programme was sparked by a belief that the construction industry needs a workforce more broadly educated across all disciplines. It was launched by Ryder Architecture in 2013 as a campaign for change in built environment education (BEE) and is now an industry-wide partnership working together to shape the talent of the future and inspiring people to consider a rewarding career in the existing world of construction. PlanBEE will prepare students to forge careers in a variety of roles by

offering them hands-on experience, as well as lectures and seminars which result in a BEng degree through Northumbria University. The training programme, which is being run through Gateshead College, will include a construction law module prepared by lawyers at Bond Dickinson. The module will provide a practical understanding of the basic legal principles relevant to the construction sector. Simon Lewis, head of the construction and engineering team and a partner at the firm, said: "This is a fantastic training programme for young people in the region. It gives students the opportunity to work for some of the industry's leading companies, train on the job and earn a salary. I am delighted that we have been able to offer our support to this programme and I look forward to meeting some of the students later this year.” Mark Thompson, managing director of Ryder Architecture, said: "We’re delighted to have Bond Dickinson join the growing business partnership bringing their expertise to the benefit of PlanBEE students.” PlanBEE is supported by the Institute of Civil Engineers, Constructing Excellence and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. q

“Career in construction built up my confidence” [

WITH MORE THAN 230,000 jobs expected to be created in the construction sector over the next five years there has never been a better time to get into the industry. The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) offers a range of construction apprenticeships and skillsbased training courses including bricklaying, dry lining, carpentry, plumbing and electrical courses. The Industrial Insights 2016-2020 report by the Construction Skills Network (CSN) states that the industry is expected to grow by 2.5% each year – 3.5% in Greater London. Fiona McKinney, 24, studied at CONEL as Former CONEL carpentry apprentice Fiona McKinney (left) and Adam Tezzare receiving an part of an apprenticeship in carpentry and Excellence Award from CONEL principal Andy Forbes in 2015 joinery with Haringey Council’s housing service Homes for Haringey in 2009-11, where she “This job has given me confidence. They [my employers] have given still works today. me the information and trusted me to work well, and I‘m learning all She went on to secure the top prize in the Association for Public Service the time.” Excellence National Housing and Building Apprentice of the Year Awards. According to the CSN report, in Greater London alone 18,250 “I didn’t really like school and wasn’t that academic,” said Fiona. construction jobs – 3,650 a year – are expected to be created over “Woodwork was the only thing I had an interest in and I managed to get the next five years, with each year the capital needing 1,210 builders, an apprenticeship with Homes for Haringey and on a course at CONEL. 480 glaziers, 420 wood and interior fitters, 200 floorers and 480 non“I was quite shy and nervous when I started and wondered if I could construction operatives. handle it. I really enjoyed learning about carpentry, and now I love it! It Strong investment in commercial and infrastructure projects and a really helped me grow in confidence. I’ve just been put on a management growth in private housing, at levels not seen since before the start of the course and am also going to be a health and safety rep.” recession in 2008, have led to the demand for skilled workers. Adam Tezzare began an apprenticeship with T Clarke, a nationwide In Greater London there are also a number of large projects in the building services contractor delivering mechanical, electrical and ICT rail industry which are expected to continue to require skilled workers services, in June, having previously studied for a Level 1 and a Level 2 over the coming years, including Crossrail, HS2 and the Thames Diploma in Electrical Installation. Tideway Tunnel. q The 31-year-old, who was among the college’s Excellence Award winners in 2015, said: “The teachers at CONEL are very good and • For more information on carpentry and joinery courses at CONEL you supportive. When doing something practical they would give a good can browse the website at www.conel.ac.uk, call 020 8442 3055 or visit explanation why it was important, and what would happen if you didn’t do the college for enrolment. it, and made sure you did not forget anything.

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