Client: Ryder Architecture & partners

Brief: To develop a brand new training solution to attract young talent to the construction sector and provide employers with recruits with more relevant qualifications and skills.

Solution: A higher skills architectural engineering and management apprenticeship programme.

PlanBEE, a partnership of designers, builders and project managers, came together to shake up the traditional way young people are recruited and trained in the construction sector.

Led by Ryder Architecture, the partnership felt that current qualifications and degree courses were no longer fit for purpose.

Choosing to partner with Gateshead College, a new programme was devised that gives new recruits a broader set of skills to ensure greater inter disciplinary working in the construction industry. Featuring training at the college’s modern construction academy on Team Valley, Gateshead the programme also includes on the job training at some of the region’s leading companies and a starting salary of £10,000.

Mark Thompson, managing partner at Ryder, said: “We’re delighted to have Gateshead College on board as PlanBEE educational partners, alongside a number of universities. The facilities and staff at the college will provide valuable support throughout the course, ensuring cohorts receive the right balance of quality in-house educational content and hands on training with our professional industry consortium members.”

PlanBEE includes the support of Arup, Cundall, Desco, Esh, FaulknerBrowns, Napper Architects, Sir Robert McAlpine, Summers Inman, Surgo, Turner and Townsend, Xcite, 3eConsult, NELEP, RICS, CIOB and ICE.

Click here for a full outline of the PlanBEE programme.