New Construction Site Management Degree will help to build the construction skills-base

Published: 15 December 2009 at 13:22

The construction industry welcomes foundation degree to increase construction site efficiency

A new fast-track, work-based degree has been launched for employees  who either have experience of working  in the construction sector  and  are looking to become construction site managers, or who are currently working in that role and seek formal recognition of their skills. The degree comes at a time when the construction industry is gearing up to complete projects previously put on hold by the recessionary conditions.

The two-year Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Construction Site Management will help to drive further improvements in the way teams and projects are managed on construction sites, helping to deliver contracts on time and to budget. It covers all aspects of the build cycle, from design through to commissioning, incorporating project set up and management, construction techniques and methods of production, and corporate and social responsibility.

The degree has been designed to support learning in the workplace, enabling learners to apply their learning directly to their roles and minimise their time away from work. Employees will attend block release sessions at Anglia Ruskin University’s campus at Chelmsford, Essex and the National Construction College at Bircham Newton, Norfolk which is one of the NCC’s seven campuses across the country. 

Anglia Ruskin University’s Faculty of Science & Technology has developed the degree in partnership with the National Construction College (NCC) as part of a Higher Skills @ Work initiative to help supply the high number of building companies, particularly in the East of England, with the skills-base needed to manage new build and redevelopment projects in the region.

The course, now fully validated, was launched at the National Construction College at an event for higher education representatives and construction industry experts in King’s Lynn, Norfolk.

Confident of the need for the degree, Alison Greig, Skills Development Consultant from Higher Skills @ Work at Anglia Ruskin University said:

"This launch follows months of consultation with representatives from the construction sector in the UK who confirmed the need for the underpinning of skills that this new foundation degree will bring."

"Building companies who engage employees on the programme will demonstrate to others that their workforce is of a high standard and compliant with industry best practice."

Andy Walder, Director of the National Construction College, the training division of Construction Skills explained:

"We are very pleased to have worked with Anglia Ruskin University to create the new Foundation Degree in Construction Site Management."

"This new course will offer people the chance to both learn new skills and have the talents that they already possess formally recognised. It is important that everyone in the construction industry, including managers, receive first class training and together with Anglia Ruskin University, we are proud to be able to provide this."

On completion of the Foundation Degree in Construction Site Management (FdSc), graduates will get the option to progress to a full honours degree BSc (Hons).   Access to professional membership of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) at Incorporated level (ICIOB) will follow, subject to accreditation.

Those already working in a management role within the construction industry will also be able to study for an NVQ 4 in Construction Site Management which will allow them access to similar managerial and professional benefits including access to a Platinum CSCS Managers card.

All applicants to the degree will need to be currently employed in the construction industry and have a working knowledge of sites and building practices probably gained through a trade background.  To begin the degree applicants should ideally have a minimum of 4 GCSEs plus an equivalent of either an NVQ 3 qualification or National Certificate in Construction.