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Unlocking Construction

Digital work experience

An accredited virtual work experience programme for students aged 14-15 within the D2N2 area.

Monday 12th - Friday 16th July 2021

Digital work experience for secondary schools and FE college students in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Derby and Derbyshire to engage and inspire them, as they discover the world of construction.

Developed by Class of Your Own and supported by our construction and consultancy partners, as well as award-winning garden designer and BBC Morning Live and BBC/RHS Flower Shows presenter, Mark Lane, this high-quality work experience teaches students the technical, professional and personal skills they need to unlock a career in the industry, as they design "A Home for Everyone."

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Our team

You will be supported by a blend of public and private sector organisations, local SMEs and experts in education provision.

  • Class Of Your Own are providing the syllabus, learning resources and guidance for teachers, schools and students as well as moderation and award for successful students.
  • Learn Live will manage the broadcast and interactive online experience to engage the thousands of participants on their safe, secure, GDPR-compliant online platform.
  • Funding from SCAPE, Derby Opportunity Area, D2N2 LEP and the Careers & Enterprise Company and our strategic partners Arc Partnership, Wates Group, Willmott Dixon and Balfour Beatty has made this free for both students and schools to participate. Strategic partners will also be sponsoring awards to recognise stand-out submissions from students.
  • The social value generated throughout the whole initiative will be monitored and reported using the National TOMS.
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Programme details

A week long programme

The syllabus is built around a design challenge, to create a "Home for Everyone."

A collaborative construction, design, engineering and project management challenge engaging all of the STEM subjects.

Your students will work together in small groups - and with industry mentors - to deliver a fully detailed engineering design proposal.

They will be asked to consider the residents who will use the home, and how their design will make life easy and comfortable for people with a wide range of physical needs.

  • Design
  • Engineering
  • Construction
  • Project Management
  • Sustainability

Expert input from across the industry

We've assembled a fantastic team to support students.

Our industry experts from local and national construction companies are volunteering their time to share their experiences of the construction industry, explain the roles, technical disciplines and skills involved and will provide important "from the floor" insights to inspire and engage students.

We will also be supported by the talented students at Herriot Watt University, who will work with students throughout the week.

Together, our panel of experts guarantee to create an unforgettable online learning experience.

  • Daily speakers
  • Industry insight
  • Career insight
  • Mentoring
  • Live chat


The programme provides 30 hours of work experience.

At the end of the week, students will be asked to submit a written report for moderation, a process undertaken by Class of Your Own.

Those whose submissions meet the criteria for award will receive a DEC CONNECT award, which is recognised by the Department for Education (DfE) as a valid T-Level work taster activity, and a fantastic addition to any student's CV.

  • 30 hours work experience
  • Fully accredited
  • DEC CONNECT award

Building for the future

"Building on the success of our Learning in Lockdown virtual work experience programme, we're delighted to offer this fantastic opportunity to engage with and inspire young people, whilst playing our part in reducing the industry's skills gap and future-proofing our workforce with the best and the brightest talent."

Mark Robinson, SCAPE group chief executive


Next steps

Register your students

This programme has been designed specifically for students with an interest in design, engineering and construction, as we want to ensure the activities are relevant, engaging and add real value to their future career development.


Useful documents

Take a look at our Unlocking Construction resources, which include the draft syllabus for each day of the week and FAQs.