Figures show that over 20,000 students will take the diploma this September. ConstructionSkills' Head of Standards and Qualifications Nick Gooderson said he was confident the C&BE would launch successfully this summer.
He said: "This is a very controlled roll out as only 44 consortias (partnerships made up of schools, colleges, training providers and employers) are running the new qualification. Therefore, there is still time to do more work before the C&BE Diploma is extended to other areas in 2009 and beyond.”
The 44 consortias across England have joined forces with 70 construction companies including Bovis, Laing O’Rourke and Balfour, offering students ten days of site work experience as part of their Diplomas.