The survey, commissioned by the Department of Children Schools and Families (DCSF), concluded that students were ill informed about the qualification and that more information must to be made available if student enrolment is to improve.
Only 1,500 students signed up for the Construction Diploma, which was launched in September last year вЂ“ 2,500 fewer than expected.
Rosemary Beales, director of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association said:
вЂњCECA urged DCSF to make sure that employers had access to key information on Diplomas to avoid any confusion over the status of the new qualifications. It is disturbing to find out, long after the Diplomas have been launched, that not only are employers still not getting a clear picture of the new structure, but nor are parents, pupils and teachers.вЂќADVERTISEMENT
Beales called on DCSF to ensure key information is made available to all interested parties.
The DCSF said a campaign to inform students and particularly teachers was underway.
However CECA training director Joe Johnson said this was not enough. He called for more information for contractors.
To date only thirteen construction firms have signed up to the Diploma Employer Champions' Network to promote the qualification to the construction industry. The thirteen have joined the Diploma Employer Champions' Network. However Johnson said the take up was "disappointing" and reflected the failure of the DCFS to inform construction industry employers about the Diploma. "The Government needs to act now to prevent even fewer kids taking up the Diploma next September," he warned.
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