Pupils at Le Rocquier School will be the first to benefit from a new digital engineering programme being launched in Jersey.
Design Engineer Construct! (DEC) is being introduced by J3, the joint venture of the Garenne Construction Group, Sir Robert McAlpine and FES, who are planning the construction of Jersey’s new hospital.
The DEC programme offers a set of qualifications for students aged 11 to 18. The course provides a real-life context for teaching science, technology, engineering, and maths (known as STEM) subjects. Through the DEC qualification, students will have the opportunity to gain experience both in class and out on site, and observe the full range of exciting professional careers now available in the modern built environment industries.
The programme has been developed in partnership with Children, Young People, Education and Skills and Skills Jersey. It is one of several initiatives to introduce more STEM-focused learning activities to the school curriculum.
The construction of the planned new hospital will provide a number of opportunities for students to learn core design, engineering and construction skills linked to the curriculum. Construction partner J3 is also planning a number of other initiatives to boost skills in Jersey.
J3 director, Marc Burton, said: “We’re thrilled to be involved in delivering Design Engineer Construct! at Le Rocquier School and hope to extend our sponsorship to other schools next year. We’ve been delighted by the enthusiasm of staff, parents and students for this innovative curriculum offering. The J3 team is really looking forward to meeting and supporting teachers and students as the lessons roll out.”