CIOB supports new diploma

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has declared its support for the Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment (CBE), launched in September 2008.

The CBE Diploma is a qualification for 14 to 19-year-olds designed in collaboration with employers and universities. It is part of a national programme to encourage young people to continue learning for longer by widening their choices and helping them get the qualifications they need to succeed in work and life. It will allow young people to progress onto employment, college and university.

The involvement of employers is a vital part of the delivery of the Diploma, which will give young people the knowledge, understanding and skills employers and universities are looking for. At level 3, the Advanced Diploma in CBE is equivalent to 3.5 A levels.

Construction and the Built Environment is one of the first Diploma lines of learning. It can be taken alongside GCSEs, A levels and other qualifications, but it differs from these routes as it combines theoretical study with practical experience, and helps students make decisions about their future without restricting their options.

Bridget Boreham, CIOB’s Chief Operating Officer said; ‘We are delighted to support the Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment. For the first time, the built environment will be at the heart of mainstream secondary education. A whole generation will now see opportunities for careers that, until now, they were hardly aware of. It’s in everyone’s interest to make sure young people get the skills they need to succeed, whether they decide to go into a job with training or continue studying at college or university.”

In collaboration with other Professional Bodies and Asset Skills the CIOB will develop its own specialist pathway with the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) awarding the qualification.

The Diploma helps students develop work-relevant knowledge, as well as English, Maths and ICT skills, in a creative and enjoyable way.

For further information please visit www.cbediploma.co.uk

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NOTES TO EDITORS

The Chartered Institute of BuildingThe Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) represents for the public benefit the most diverse set of professionals in the construction industry.Our Mission

To contribute to the creation of a modern, progressive, and responsible construction industry; able to meet the economic, environmental and social challenges faced in the 21st century. Our 7 Guiding Principles

· Creating extraordinary people through professional learning and continuous personal development.
· Promoting the built environment as central to the quality of life for everyone everywhere.
· Achieving a sustainable future, worldwide.
· Advocating exemplary ethical practice and behaviour, integrity and transparency.
· Pursuing excellence in management practice, and technological innovation rooted in evidence based science.
· Being socially responsible and working responsibly.
· Enabling our members to find an emotional resonance with the Institute; their success is our success.

We have over 40,000 members around the world and are considered to be the international voice of the building professional, representing an unequalled body of knowledge concerning the management of the total building process.

Chartered Member status is recognised internationally as the mark of a true, skilled professional in the construction industry and CIOB members have a common commitment to achieving and maintaining the highest possible standards within the built environment.

Further information is available by contacting Saul Townsend CIOB Press and Communications Manager on 01344 630 766 – stownsend@ciob.org.uk.