As many are aware, the new Tlevel qualification was launched this September and Exeter College was one of the first to trial the new Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction course. As part of the course, the students are required to do a minimum of nine weeks on industry placement. In November 2020, the site team took on two Tlevel students who were undertaking a one day a week work placement on site understanding the fundamentals of construction including management, commercial, planning and design. Unfortunately, in January 2021 due to lockdown, the students had to postpone their onsite work experience due to COVID. As a company, we decided we wanted to continue to keep that relationship going with all the Tlevel students so weekly careers talks were arranged from various industry processionals. These talks consisted of a day to day diary, guidance on how to get into that role, what role they play in the construction process and a detailed explanation of their impact on the Digital and Data Centre. We provided talks from a Construction Manager, a Quantity Surveyor, a Planning Manager, a Trainee Build Manager and the main Architects (AWW) who designed the building. We are due to host a Design Manager, a BIM Manager, and an Environmental Manager in the coming weeks. Once the lockdown restrictions are lifted, we have been asked to devise a planning task and deliver this in house to the students as part of the course.
We have been lucky enough to receive the following feedback from Robin Goodman, Construction Tlevel lead: