PlanBEE Picks Up Prestigious Award

PlanBEE, the bespoke higher apprenticeship programme, backed by Desco, was honoured in London last night with a prestigious national award.

A panel of judges from the Building Awards announced PlanBEE as winner of the Skills Initiative of the Year at the glitzy prize-giving ceremony at the Grosvenor Hotel. Jordi Morris, one of 30 students benefitting from the initiative was at the event to accept the trophy.

The brainchild of Ryder Architecture, PlanBEE was set up in partnership with Gateshead College and a host of North East-based built environment businesses, to provide students with a fast track to graduation, a professional qualification and a guaranteed job opportunity upon successful completion.

PlanBEE’s blended learning approach, involves an organised programme of theoretical study in architectural engineering and management, complemented by practical training through work placements with several companies; this enables students to have a taste of a range of design and construction disciplines throughout their course. Desco is currently mentoring first-year PlanBEE student Aidan Ward, through the basics of mechanical and electrical building services engineering, as part of his four-month placement with the company.

The innovative initiative continues to gather interest, with over 20 businesses, including Desco, now supporting PlanBEE with funding, sponsorship and provision of work placements.

It is hoped that the success of PlanBEE in the North-East region can be replicated throughout the country, with the model in the early stages of being rolled out nationally.

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