The construction industry was given a skills boost this morning with 57 new consortia given the green light to offer places on the Diploma in Construction and Built Environment from next year.
This means young people in almost four in five English local authorities will be able to study the diploma from September 2010.
Currently, 44 groups of employers, schools, colleges and training providers offer the qualification, with 86 more due to start this September. The number of employers pledging their support for the diploma has now reached 1,150, according to ConstructionSkills.
The Construction and Built Environment Diploma launched six months ago, and combines practical skills development with theoretical and technical knowledge.
Schools minister Jim Knight said: “I am extremely pleased that so many schools and colleges have been given the go ahead to teach the Diploma in Construction and Built Environment.
“The qualification is an exciting new choice for young people, which will help students gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed at university or in the career of their choice.”