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Leeds College of Building Makes Senior Appointment

LEEDS College of Building has appointed Ian Hirst as Faculty Director of Construction Crafts to manage the College’s construction craft courses and curriculum.

Construction College Pushes for Gender Equality on International Women’s Day 2021

Today, Leeds College of Building (@WeAre_LCB) is joining others globally in supporting the International Women’s Day campaign 'Choose To Challenge' #ChooseToChallenge #IWD2021 The College has made great strides in pushing gender parity in construction. Female apprentices at Leeds College of Building have also grown from 33 in 2014 to 190 by 2020, an incredible 475% increase over 6 years.

Apprenticeship Programme “Integral" to Transport Planning Success

The Transport team at Leeds College of Building (@WeAre_LCB) is celebrating the success of a unique training programme as the country marks National Apprenticeship Week (#NAW2021), taking place between 8 and 14 February 2021.

Construction Partnership Celebrates Diversity Figures for National Apprenticeship Week 2021

Leeds College of Building (@WeAre_LCB) and construction partner, BAM, are celebrating student diversity figures as they join the rest of the country in marking National Apprenticeship Week (#NAW2021), taking place between 8 and 14 February 2021. Since choosing Leeds College of Building as a training provider four years ago, BAM has significantly increased the number of female apprentices enrolled on their Level 4 programme. Construction management, site supervisor, quantity surveying, and civil engineering apprenticeships have risen from 20% to nearly 30% females, compared to just one in eight (12.5%) construction workers nationally (GMB, 2019).The apprenticeship programme is also nearly three times more ethnically diverse than recorded in the construction sector. Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) representation stands at 15% compared to less than 6% of construction workers nationally (ONS Labour Force Surveys). In 2020, apprentices across BAM Nuttall and BAM Construct were brought together for the first time as a combined college cohort after listening to the businesses’ needs. Around 40 BAM Nuttall and 12 BAM Construct apprentices attend Leeds College of Building each year, joining over 300 employed nationally by BAM. This merger enhanced inclusivity and collaboration across the organisations. BAM cites the inspiring diversity of staff in the Leeds College of Building lecturing team as of significant benefit to the Apprenticeship programme. Over the last decade, a focus on apprenticeships has resulted in a massive growth of the college’s technical and professional training and the team who deliver it.Today, the Faculty of Higher Education, Construction Design & Management at Leeds College of Building employs 30% female staff (out of a total of 56 staff). Female lecturers come from a wide range careers including architecture, civil engineering, quantity surveying, and transport planning. Among the role models is Nikki Davis, the first female Vice-Principal at Leeds College of Building.Chris Tunningley, Assistant Director in the Faculty of the Built Environment & Engineering Services at Leeds College of Building, said:

Transport Planning Apprentice Wins National Education Award

A Leeds College of Building Transport Planning Apprentice is elated after winning a national education award.

Specialist college principal looks forward to further WorldSkills glory

As a specialist college we have a long history of participation in competitions which provide an opportunity for our students to perform on the national and international stage. In the past students from the college have won gold medals at WorldSkills and we are endeavouring to get back to these winning ways!I think competitions form an important part of the college’s appeal to prospective students. However I admit that it is sometimes difficult to persuade industry to support the time commitments which will allow the students to compete effectively. We try to engage companies through internal competitions and give examples of benefits to a company’s bottom line that success in competitions can bring. Certainly students at the college see competitions as important and many seek to be part of our competition teams which assists in driving up standards within the college.I am a member of ConstructionSkills, SkillBuild and Competitions Board and work closely with SummitSkills with their SkillPipe, SkillPlumb and SkillElectric competitions. With this background I felt that the UK Skills Yorkshire and Humber Regional Champions role was an interesting development and I am hoping to be able to persuade other principals, within the region, to join me in promoting competitions. I am delighted that Daniel Khan from Grimsby Institute has already agreed to work with me in supporting this important work.Furthermore, it is important to maximise the opportunities that present themselves in linking both the Olympics in 2012 and WorldSkills in 2011. This is being spearheaded through the formation of a Skills, Employability and Education group facilitated by Alan Graver. The group will be working with a host of agencies engaged in the skills agenda. I am sure Alan would agree that if any agency, upon reading this article, would like to get involved they would be most welcome.One of my objectives, as a member of the SkillBuild Board, is to encourage more colleges to participate in competitions. This translates to the "Champions" role and applies across all vocational areas. The Y&H region has a history of good practice in participation in competitions like WorldSkills and EuroSkills. At WorldSkills Calgary 2009, for example, we had competitors Daniel Cain, from Grimsby, who won a Bronze in Autobody Repair and Luke Denby, from Skipton, who won a Medallion of Excellence in Landscape Gardening. We also had training managers Harry Turner from Askam Bryan College, Mike Burdett from York College and Kevin Calpin, who previously worked at York College. All of their dedication and hard work helped bring back a haul of medals from the world’s largest international skills competition.The AoC, in Y&H, are actively engaged in promoting competitions and in the run-up to WorldSkills 2011 in London, we are hoping all colleges and training providers will become engaged. Having had the privilege of attending WorldSkills in Japan and Canada and being involved in the build-up to WorldSkills London 2011, it is clear that there will be increasing interest from Government in vocational skills. It has been interesting to see ministers and shadow ministers become enthralled with competitions and be impressed with the level of skills and commitment of the young people competing on the world stage.There is a great opportunity for colleges, with the AoC, to raise the profile of vocational education and the importance of training. This will escalate both to the top of the political agenda over the next 20 months. I hope you all feel as I do that it is our duty to support this.As Simon Bartley has said, "WorldSkills is still one of the best kept secrets". Now we must all work together to ensure the event is on everyone’s agenda.Ian Billyard is principal of Leeds College of Building

National Campaign Inspires Engineers of the Future

Thousands of potential engineers are set to be inspired as a national campaign launches this week.  #TEWeek20   #ImAnEngineer   #BeTheDifference Tomorrow’s Engineers Week 2020 (2- 6 November), led by EngineeringUK, takes place annually and shines a spotlight on engineering careers. It aims to change perceptions among young people, their parents and teachers, and inspire future engineers. 

Leeds College of Building Online-Learning Celebration Marks ‘Colleges Week 2020’

Leeds College of Building (@WeAre_LCB) is celebrating its impressive online lesson delivery to mark Colleges Week 2020 (19 – 23 October).

Leeds College of Building Named a Top UK Training Provider

Leeds College of Building is celebrating after being named second best UK Training Provider for 2020-21 in the ‘RateMyApprenticeship Top 50’ league table.

Women Engineers Encouraged to #ShapeTheWorld for International Women in Engineering Day

Now in its seventh year, International Women in Engineering Day 2020 (#INWED20) aims to raise the profile of women in engineering across the globe.

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