Pupils start construction diploma with site visit

The first group of pupils from four Haringey schools were given a lively induction session for the brand new Construction and the Built Environment Diploma on Friday 19 September. They were welcomed by CONEL staff and industry partners who gave them a snapshot of work in construction.

The 14 year olds visited the site office for the Hale Village development. Local developer, Lee Valley Estates, is building a major urban village of 1210 homes, community facilities and commercial premises on a former industrial site in Tottenham Hale, the area's largest development in decades.

The College of North East London has developed the curriculum for the new diploma with members of the Haringey Partnership. This includes Lee Valley Estates, Haringey Council, Willmott Dixon Construction Ltd, the Learning and Skills Network, Haringey Education Business Partnership and three local schools.

The Diploma is a new national qualification being introduced this term and CONEL is among the first colleges to pilot it. The government has introduced diplomas to give students a clear picture of work in different industries and roles. Employers are involved because they need young people to enter their industry with prior knowledge and skills.

Chris Shellard, Lee Valley Estates's project director for its Hale Village scheme, said "Our investment of £400 million in this development will deliver 700 jobs during construction and 600 jobs when it is completed. Hale Village will be a catalyst for the regeneration of this part of Tottenham and we want to ensure that local people benefit from the employment opportunities created here. The Diploma will enable this group of young people to make informed career choices and bring a set of marketable skills to their first experience of employment. It will set them on course for a successful future, whether they choose to become architects or surveyors, planners or engineers."

Tulay Rashid, CONEL's Assistant Director, commented, "We thank all the partners who have worked so hard to deliver a stimulating curriculum for the pupils. CONEL's construction staff plan to use some innovative resources and techniques to ensure that pupils get the most out of the new diploma, bringing their own experience of industry to make it real for them. Our employers, Willmott Dixon Construction and Lee Valley Estates, have invested expertise as well as finance, contributing proactively in shaping the course. This will give pupils a wider range of career options and an enhanced understanding of different aspects of construction, if they choose a career in the industry."

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