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Students at WA school to benefit from world-leading program

Cecil Andrews College is the first school in Australia to introduce the dedicated built environment course, developed by UK-based Class Of Your Own (COYO).

Position Partners will work closely with teachers at the college to deliver learning opportunities with the latest in geospatial technology.

COYO is an organisation focussed on showcasing career pathways for young people in the built environment.

Its dedicated and award-winning Design Engineer Construct (DEC) program assists teachers to introduce an array of skill sets needed in construction and infrastructure projects, including engineering, surveying, architecture and design.

Founder and CEO of COYO Alison Watson said standard high school curriculums do not include learning opportunities about modern, digital construction and infrastructure.

“Class Of Your Own was established to give young people meaningful insights into what a future in the built environment might look like, to light a spark about the wonderful career prospects that could open up to them in this industry,” she said.

The DEC program is based on a project-based learning methodology, that is supported by one or many adopters from industry.

The adopter(s) support teaching staff with real-world expertise and resources, typically across four to five workshops or engagements throughout the school year.

Intelligent positioning solutions provider Position Partners will be supporting Cecil Andrews as an adopter of the school.

The company will provide practical learning opportunities for data capture, as-built verification and digital modelling through the use of surveying equipment, mass data capture systems including survey drones and 3D laser scanners, CAD and modelling software.

Geospatial business manager at Position Partners Garry MacPhail said the Position Partners team includes a diverse range of skill sets and professions, from engineers, surveyors and trade qualified employees.

“Our industry knowledge combined with the wide array of solutions we offer make us well suited to support the DEC programme and we are honoured to come on board as the first adopter in Australia,” he said.

Located Southeast of Perth near Armadale, Western Australia, Cecil Andrews College exemplifies excellence in education for all students.

A finalist in the Governor’s School STEM Awards for 2020 and winner of the School Principal of the Year Government Excellence Award 2020, the college provides a diverse curriculum to best prepare students for a successful and fulfilling future.

Principal Stella Jinman said the school is delighted to offer this new program to its students.

“Cecil Andrews has a strong STEM programme that has always valued the input and support from industry to help our students prepare for the world of work and provide insights into potential career opportunities,” she said.

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