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CIC Supports 14-19 Diplomas in Construction & the Built Environment & Engineering

Posted: 13th January 2009

The construction and the built environment sector (C&BE), and the engineering sector form two of the largest industry sectors in the UK. With an international reputation for world class design, inspirational architecture and engineering and the highest quality construction, working in these industries offers a highly rewarding career.

These industries need a diverse workforce with specialist skills and creative ideas, which present a wide range of career opportunities at all levels. These include professional, managerial, technical support and craft careers. Employers are keen to increase their intake of new, young recruits, with the right skills.

For this reason, the introduction of the new 14-19 Diplomas in ‘Construction and the Built Environment’ and ‘Engineering’** provide for the first time, new and flexible qualifications, that offer both practical and theoretical learning in real life contexts for these industries. They are available at 3 levels – Foundation, Higher and Advanced. Diploma students will be equipped with both necessary general and industry specific learning, to progress on to an apprenticeship, employment, college or university.

Members of the Construction Industry Council (CIC) look forward to welcoming Diploma students from all lines of learning, and especially holders of the Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment, and also the Diploma in Engineering, into careers in the C&BE sector.
We expect that holders of a relevant level 3 Diploma will be at least as well placed as those with ‘A’ levels and other level 3 qualifications, at an equivalent grade to study for the degree level qualifications that lead to a broad range of professions in our sector. (Universities will regard the Advanced Diploma as broadly equivalent to 3.5 A Levels and the Progression Diploma to 2.5 A levels).
We look forward to working with all those concerned with the design, delivery and management of the Diplomas to ensure that the industry has access to the capable, qualified new entrants that it needs to ensure continued success and prosperity.
Further information on the Diplomas can be found at:

You can access specific guidance about the important choices relating to Maths and Science subjects within the Diploma, that are a necessary for those intending to develop careers in engineering and pursue engineering courses in Higher Education by visiting the websites of the relevant professional bodies – you can find links to these via the CIC website:

*The Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment covers a broad range of industries including:
• Construction (including planning, design, building and maintenance)
• Building services engineering (electrotechnical, heating, ventilating, air conditioning, refrigeration and plumbing industries)
• Property, housing, cleaning services and facilities management
• Energy and Utilities (electricity, gas, waste management and water industries)
• Process and manufacturing industries (coatings, extractives, building products, glass and print)
• Designing, constructing and maintaining process plants for the oil, gas, water, environmental, food, power generation, pharmaceutical and chemical industries.

**The Diploma in Engineering covers a broad range of industries including:
• Aerospace Engineering
• Chemical Engineering
• Civil Engineering
• Electrical Engineering
• Computer Engineering
• Mechanical Engineering

***The Construction Industry Council (CIC) is the representative forum for the professional bodies, research organisations and specialist business associations in the construction industry