Principal Thoughts

Posted on: 23 September, 2015

The future looks bright

Construction output is forecast to increase 17.8 per cent by 2018, as predicted by the Construction Products Association. And, according to the Construction Industry Training Board 224,000 jobs will be added to the sector over the next five years – it’s evident there is a huge calling for more talent. Around 20 per cent more construction managers, surveyors, and associated trades are needed to meet the demand over the next four years.

However, many of the recent college and sixth form leavers won’t have considered a career in the Built Environment. And won’t be aware of the numerous, diverse and prestigious career opportunities on offer in the sector; from planning, designing and building, to maintaining and restoring the environment around us. As our students will testament, by studying the Built Environment courses online, options are more flexible, accessible and cost-effective. You can even earn whilst you learn – gaining valuable work experience and reducing student loan debt.

It makes me wonder if we need to start educating young people about how bright a career in the Built Environment can be.


Good news

The e-learning awards showcase some of the most recognisable, memorable, and life-changing e-learning worldwide. And, CEM is extremely proud to have been shortlisted for two categories in the 2015 e-learning awards: e-learning team of the year and best online distance-learning programme.

There were 400 entries across 19 categories, which has been reduced to an impressive shortlist of 145. The 35 strong judging panel, co-ordinated by the eLearning Network and chaired by Tony Frascina, will now interview the finalists in a series of presentations.

Winners are to be announced at the gala dinner on the 25 November, 2015, in London – we’re keeping our fingers firmly crossed!

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