20 July 2017
Our PlanBEE apprentices have been working alongside built environment apprentices from across the region in a rare opportunity to develop practical skills and expertise on site.
Students from Gateshead College’s innovative PlanBEE programme along with peers from Northumbria and Teesside Universities, and Newcastle, TyneMet and Carlisle colleges, joined with industry specialists from North East firms to share hands-on experience, building scaled down versions of the popular Millennium Gallery in Sheffield.
Plan BEE was launched in 2016 when Gateshead College and Ryder Architecture formed an alliance with a network of architects, designers, contractors and engineering specialists to develop a unique, flexible training programme designed to attract and retain the brightest new talent in the region, plug skills gaps, and create a more flexible workforce capable of working across various construction disciplines.
It has already attracted some high-profile names, including Brims Construction, Sir Robert McAlpine, Xsite Architecture, Robertson, 3e Consulting, Cundall, Arup, FaulknerBrowns, Sadler Brown Architecture, Tolent, BIM Academy, Desco and NBS.