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Alison Watson, Chief Exec (Class Of Your Own) awarded MBE


Alison Watson, Chief Executive Class Of Your Own® (COYO)  has been awarded an MBE in the 2018 New Year Honours list for services to education.

What does this have to do with digital construction and BIM?

To the uninitiated, Class of Your Own is a business that delivers the ‘Design Engineer Construct’® (DEC) Learning Programme. A programme that sees schoolchildren learn (in a very hands on way) about digital design and construction using the latest software, processes and tools. Indeed, this is an initiative that has been backed by many key industry players already.

Alison Watson, a former Land Surveyor, established social business Class Of Your Own (COYO) in 2009. Her ambition wasto transform Built Environment education, raising awareness of the breadth of careers that young people could access in Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC).

With a mission to develop innovative, contextualised approaches to teaching and learning, Alison created ‘Design Engineer Construct!’ (DEC), an accredited learningprogramme to be taught within the UK secondary school curriculum.

Her commitment to facilitategenuine, sustainable relationships between education and industry was developed through the innovative 'Adopt A School' scheme. Over 30 globally recognised organisations now support school teachers to deliver DEC throughout England and Scotland, reaping rewards for young people as firms look to DEC schools to provide their talent pipeline.

Speaking about her award, Alison said “I was surprised and delighted to have been awarded an MBE. I have a great team behind me, and we are privileged to work with some of the most talented teachers and students in the UK."

Adding "Not only that, we have some incredible support from industry and universities. All in all, the students coming through the Design Engineer Construct! Learning Programme are armed with the knowledge, skills and behaviours to reach their full potential in a digital world".

"2018 is going to be an amazing year, and this honour demonstrates that Class Of Your Own punches way above its weight as the most proactive organisation in its field.”

Well done again to Alison and the team.

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