City & Guilds
Alison Parkes, Managing Director of EAL, said:
“As the leading specialist awarding organisation in engineering we are immensely proud, in partnership with City & Guilds, to have been appointed by Qualifications Wales to support them in the reshaping of the skills landscape for Construction and the Built Environment - a pivotal sector in the Welsh economy.”
Vision & Expectations
New GCSE’s & A Levels
- In addition to the Foundation, Progression and Apprenticeship qualifications, Qualifications Wales is also working with WJEC to develop approval criteria for a new GCSE in the Built Environment for first teaching from September 2021, and an AS and A level in the Built Environment, which will be available for first teaching from September 2022.
How the changes came about
- In February 2018, Qualifications Wales published Building the Future, a report on its 18-month review of qualifications in the construction and built environment sector. Together with a technical review of qualifications and an international comparison study, the review considered the views of learning providers and a range of professional and representative bodies, as well as more than 100 employers and over 900 learners.
- Since October 2018, Qualifications Wales has been working with sector bodies, employers, specialists, further education and work-based learning providers to identify how new qualifications can best address the needs of both learners and employers.
- More information about this work can be found on the Qualifications Wales website.
What this means for learners
- Most of the new qualifications will be available for learners to take from September 2021. The new A level will be available from September 2022. Learners who have already started a course will complete the qualifications that they have already signed up for. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions on the Qualifications Wales website for more details.
- Please contact: Helen Lowcock James, Email: [email protected]
- Tel: 01633 373304 / 07464 543624
People & Training
As Design & Timber Engineers our people are key to delivering what customers want. To get them, we train them, recognising the importance of working closely with all other professionals engaged in a construction project from the earliest possible stage. This helps us deliver workable and attractive solutions in collaboration with others who share our relish for unusual challenges.
In our drive to turn concepts into factory built modules & components for on-site assembly, we focus on timber. In this respect we believe we are at the forefront of making DfMA (Design for Manufacture & Assembly) a reality. It begins with the way we design, specify and incorporate ‘appropriate’ technology into all buildings. It also draws together concepts from over 50 years interest in sustainable development.
DfMA at the forefront
As Off-Site construction matures into Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) it is clearly at the forefront as an enabler for such delivery. New homes will very soon be ‘Smart’ in numerous ways, including full incorporation of energy saving and TIoT (the internet of things) to deliver major components. This is something that ‘Off-Site’. DfMA (Design for Manufacture & Assembly) will need to seriously consider as the industry moves forward.
Greater collaborative ‘partnering’ between architects, builders and manufacturers is needed to accomplish this The greater speed, accuracy and quality that can result from manufacturing components in a dry, controlled factory environment, together with the ability tom incorporate (yet to be invented) ‘Smart Ware’ gives home builders perhaps the only way of achieving this, together with improved on-site build quality AND controlling costs.
While resistance to the change to DfMA has been the norm, the wish of most UK Builders to deliver excellent customer service and top notch homes is now driving an increasing number to choose Off-Site for their developments. Also, as ‘OffSite Hub” note, architects and designers are moving toward DfMA, something w have been encouraging for over 20 years. The emergence of LA Developers will only speed up this process.
Easy Timber Frame
To assist them in doing so our “Easy Timber Frame “ now offers standard size modular timber frame elements for them to use as a design base, cutting down on technical design and engineering to produce win-win results.
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