A partnership is underway between two leading UK educational providers, to create new opportunities for businesses and individuals looking to access courses and training in digital engineering and construction throughout East Anglia.
As part of National Apprenticeship Week 2019, West Suffolk College and The Construction and Design Centre of Excellence (Cadcoe), are announcing they will be bringing their expertise together to provide a brand-new course which is relevant to a changing and increasingly digital construction industry.
The partnership will replicate that of an existing successful training model between Cadcoe and Dudley College of Technology. Cadcoe, a training provider, has been working with Dudley College since early 2017, taking up residence in its state-of-the-art training facility, Advance II.
Cadcoe has a unique approach to apprenticeships and one that has proven highly effective for the businesses it works with throughout the UK. Back in 2011, a group of Directors from industry, recruited a senior design engineer to develop and teach an intensive 14-week course in the fundamentals of 2D CAD, 3D Modelling and more recently BIM. This training forms the front-end of a digital engineering apprenticeship. Dudley College, then goes on to deliver the BTEC element, before Apprentices enter the world of work, able to contribute to complex digital construction projects from day one.
From September 2019, this same programme will be running at West Suffolk College, with a Cadcoe training suite due to be implemented during the coming months. The College, which is in the top 3 UK post-16 colleges, approached the provider in 2018 after a recommendation from an existing client, Crofton Engineering.
Laraine Moody, Vice Principal Employer Engagement for the college comments “We are very excited about launching the new Digital Design Apprenticeship from September to support employers in the Eastern Region. We are proud to be working with the expert delivery partner Cadcoe and will be using their expertise to supply outstanding training to Apprentices in order to increase the skills of the local workforce. This is exactly the type of Apprenticeship which industry needs and we hope it’s a great success.”
Director for Cadcoe, Declan McDonnell believes that the key to successful apprenticeships, particularly within construction, is specialist training providers and top-performing colleges working together to provide an enhanced experience and quality adding “We too are very pleased to be working with West Suffolk College and looking forward immensely to bringing Cadcoe directly to the region. The complete construction process is only going to become more digital, from design, right through to the techniques and methods used for production. It is hugely exciting for us to work with like-minded colleges, that have a vision for the right future skills.”