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Entering apprenticeships market is a natural step for CIOB

The CIOB is bringing the highest levels of competence and professionalism to construction apprenticeships. Caroline Gumble explains.

Many of you will know that CIOB is entering the apprenticeships market in England. Earlier this year, thanks to my colleague Steve Conopo, CIOB’s apprenticeship manager, we were accepted on the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) register of end-point assessment organisations (EPAOs).

The latest exciting development is our new partnership with the University College of Estate Management (UCEM). CIOB and UCEM have teamed up to offer a degree apprenticeship programme which is also a route to chartered status as a construction professional.

Apprentices already on the Construction Site Management programme who are due to complete their end-point assessment in September this year will be part of the first cohort who can claim their apprenticeship certificate, degree and chartered membership status with CIOB.

UCEM launched its Construction Site Management degree apprenticeship in 2020 and the timing of CIOB’s acceptance onto the register of end-point assessment organisations in England means all apprentices on the programme will now be able to complete their end-point assessment with CIOB.

The Level 6 apprenticeship standards for which CIOB can now deliver end-point assessments are:

  • Construction Site Management
  • Construction Quantity Surveyor
  • Design and Construction Management.

More information

If you would like to find out more about CIOB’s work to support apprenticeships, please take a look at the ‘learning’ section of the CIOB website: www.ciob.org/learning.

The partnership between UCEM and CIOB will support the first cohort of Level 6 Construction Site Management degree apprentices this year. As part of this partnership, CIOB is offering the option of becoming a chartered member, able to use the post-nominal of MCIOB, for all apprentices. The process has been designed to be relatively simple, focusing on mapping evidence of the apprenticeship on-programme journey towards membership requirements.

This is a natural step for CIOB – our qualifications are a mark of the highest levels of competence and professionalism, and we now bring that expertise to apprenticeship standards, offering a unique apprenticeship to CIOB chartership route.

I am also delighted to have UCEM as our first ever degree apprenticeship partner. We have collaborated with them for many years and already run a joint-funded successful scholarship programme.

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