Cundall has joined forces with a team of local businesses to launch a new initiative for built environment education called PlanBEE.
Cundall is collaborating with a consortia of North East businesses including Ryder, Xsite, Turner and Townsend and Sir Robert McAlpine, alongside Gateshead College and Teesside University, to develop the programme for those seeking a career in the Construction Industry.
The initiative, supported by the Chartered Institute of Building, the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, takes a different approach to traditional routes into the built environment as it aims to cut across the established method of separate professional disciplines and concentrates on collaboration. The apprenticeship will cover five key areas of study; Leadership, Economics, Design, Technology and Production. Students will share their time between the workplace and academic study and receive a competitive salary as well as having their course fees covered.
The PlanBEE course will be launched in Gateshead College in September 2016 with students initially progressing to HNC level. The course will progress to BEng level with the input of Teesside University.
Cundall has been part of a working group which has assisted the development of the course and is delighted to be involved in helping to develop new talent for the industry with the knowledge to understand and coordinate many different facets in the Built Environment.
Gordon Reid, Partner commented “Looking forward we can see the need for a greater emphasis on collaboration and sharing of project information. This course will equip students with a wide range of skills and make sure they are well placed to develop careers as leaders within our industry.”