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Construction and Built Environment Conference brings the SW Together


C&BE Conference brings the South West together

The Construction & the Built Environment (C&BE) Diploma went live in September 2008 and is available in the South West of England. 

On the 31st March ConstructionSkills, supported by the Western Vocational Lifelong Learning Network, organised a conference in Bristol to share best practise to help existing and future consortia as well as supporting employers make the most of their involvement.

Held at the University of the West of England, the conference was designed for consortia delivering to students in September 2008 or 2009, as well as employers looking to engage with the Diploma.  The purpose of the event was to network, share good practice, link in with employers and most importantly to feel part of a bigger programme of activity.

Through a series of presentations and workshops focussed around delivery of the C&BE Diploma, employers and Diploma consortia were able to develop their specialist knowledge in areas of delivery, establish links with local employers and, through speaking with other consortia expand their support network.

The day consisted of keynote speeches by ConstructionSkills, the Chair of the Diploma Employer Engagement Network Roy Cavanagh, and Kevin Burnside from the University of the West of England.  Workshops focussed on: Planning the Curriculum; Embedding Personal, Learning & Thinking Skills and Functional Skills; Training and Development; Diploma Progression Pathways.

The event was co-financed by the Western Vocational Lifelong Learning Network and supported by the Specialist Schools & Academies Trust, the Learning & Skills Network, Swindon College, the Kingswood Partnership and the University of the West of England.  For more information, or to express an interest in attending the next event in the Autumn term, contact Nathaniel Cooke at or 07769 874960.

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