Construction services company ISG and examination board WJEC have developed a new qualification for the construction industry, scheduled to be launched at the House of Commons, at an event hosted by Christina Rees.

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 (Science, Technology, Engineering 7 Mathematics) 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.

Worth the equivalent of an A level or up to 56 UCAS points, it explores modern practices in construction management. The course modules will be:

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

This new qualification has been designed to make careers in construction more appealing and will be a major push for interest from new students.

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.