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New Construction Qualification Has Focus on BIM, Drones and New Technology

Construction services company ISG and examination board WJEC have developed a new construction qualification that is scheduled to debut in the House of Commons.

The course is scheduled to be launched at an event hosted by Labour MP Christina Ree. It is the first Applied Diploma in Professional Construction Practice in the UK and aimed at students who would typically confine their studies to key STEM subjects. The goal of this new Professional Construction Practice (PCP) course is to improve the perception of the construction industry and make it easier for young people to advance to Level 4 built environment qualifications.

The new construction qualification is worth the equivalent of an A-Level, or up to 56 UCAS points. It explores modern practices in construction management, such as the innovation, technologies, and behaviours that enable the delivery of iconic and world-class buildings.

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Course modules include:

  • Use of drones in construction
  • Introduction to Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • VR and AI in the built environment
  • Laser scanning technology

According to ISG, the course’s technological emphasis is intended to make a career in construction more appealing and that the PCP qualification would assist in improving the conversations about construction for pupils, parents, and educators by providing early insights to students who might never have thought about a career in the field.

Paul Cossell, ISG Chief Executive, said that the main problem in the construction industry is that one-third of its workers is now over 50 and not enough is being done to educate young people and expose them to the great opportunities available in an industry that delivers the homes, schools, hospitals, and infrastructure that support modern existence.

Mr. Cossell said that the new construction qualification is the ISG’s response to attracting young people. It offers a Level 3 qualification that can complement current STEM subjects.

The Professional Construction Practice diploma’s first partner and sponsor is Neath Port Talbot College Group of Colleges, with the first wave of students scheduled to arrive next September.

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