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National Apprenticeship Week Spotlight: Building on my career through a Quantity Surveying Apprenticeship

In this special National Apprenticeship Week case study blog, we speak with Patrice Weekes who’s currently studying the Quantity Surveying pathway of UCEM’s Surveying Technician apprenticeship programme while working for…

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National Apprenticeship Week Case Study: Yehya Hawila, Assistant Quantity Surveyor at Costain

We last spoke to Yehya during National Apprenticeship Week 2017 so we thought it would be nice to catch up with him again to see what he’d been up to…

National Apprenticeship Week blog series: UCEM Principal, Ashley Wheaton, addresses Anne Milton (Minister of State at the Department for Education)

Dear Anne Milton National Apprenticeship Week is the perfect time to take stock of all the excellent work going on around the country to deliver high quality apprenticeships. Since 2015…

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Principal Thoughts: How are the delayed apprenticeship standards affecting the Built Environment skills crisis?

Welcome to the latest edition of Ashley Wheaton’s ‘Principal Thoughts’. This time, Ashley looks at the impact the apprenticeship standards hold-up is having on the Built Environment skills pipeline –…

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My life in Construction Management: Guest blog by Graham Hough, UCEM Programme Leader for the BSc (Hons) Construction Management programme

‘Something different’ When I was at school, I didn’t want to stay on to do A levels. It was either that or engineering. I fancied something different. It seems everyone…

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My life in Quantity Surveying: Guest blog by Amanda Milambo, UCEM Programme Leader for the BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying programme

Journey into quantity surveying I was always interested in construction and, in particular, architecture. I had never heard of quantity surveying before until I went to Copperbelt University in Zambia…

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Yes, we need a major increase in degree apprenticeships – but is it enough to solve the UK’s worsening skills crisis?

Guest blog by Stephen Bartle, Director Commercial and Business Development, University College of Estate Management Last week – as reported in The Independent - Chairman of the Education Select Committee,…

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My life in Construction Management: Guest blog by Afolabi Dania, UCEM Programme Leader for the MSc Construction Management programme

Studies Growing up, I was surrounded by and influenced by people in construction. Being in Nigeria at the time, it appealed to me to study Building at university. There were…

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Principal Thoughts: What does 2018 hold for the Built Environment? Certainly more advances in technology – but, hopefully, more and better talent.

Welcome to the latest edition of Ashley Wheaton’s ‘Principal Thoughts’. This time, Ashley looks at how it’s becoming ever more apparent that the current levels of training and education for…

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My life in the Built Environment: Guest blog by James Ritson, UCEM Programme Leader for the MSc Building Surveying programme

Early interest From a young age, I’d always been interested in creating things. I loved, and still love, puzzles and it was this inherent interest in creating things and piecing…

What is the solution to the Built Environment skills crisis?

This question was posed to a group of industry experts at the Built Environment Skills Summit towards the end of last year. Key representatives from organisations such as RICS, CIOB,…

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My working life: Guest blog by Peter Escreet, UCEM Programme Leader for MBA Construction and Real Estate

  Education Education has had a vast influence on my life. Despite early success at the 11+, I really struggled in my teenage years but managed to get through my…