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New Diploma for 14-19 year olds oversubscribed

30 May 2008

More than 3,000 pupils have signed up to the new Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment (C&BE). The Diploma is designed for 14 to 19-year-olds wanting to work as a surveyor, town planner, housing officer, facilities manager or cleaning supervisor.

Some schools and colleges have reported the course has been 'oversubscribed'. Head of Standards and Qualifications at Asset Skills, David Bell, said: "This is a positive start for this new qualification and we hope to see more sign up over the coming months.”

The Diploma is being run by a number of 'consortia' - partnerships made up of schools, colleges, training providers and employers and will be taught from September. Employers include Carillion who have pledged to support the new qualification by contributing to the curriculum and offering students work experience.

Asset Skills also reports that the new National Occupational Standards (NOS) for cleaning and support services at level 2 are now approved. NOS provide the benchmarks within which people’s work is judged competent. The awarding bodies are now putting their submissions together for approval of the new Level 2 NVQs which we hope will be available shortly.

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