Design, Engineer, Construct Event


On 24 April the ESB held an ‘Inspire and be Inspired’ event to address the skills gaps in the Built Environment by inspiring schools and industry to adopt and support the implementation and delivery of Design Engineer and Construct (DEC!) learning programmes.

Design Engineer Construct!® (DEC!) is an accredited learning programme for secondary-school age students and has been expertly developed to create and inspire the next generation of Built Environment professionals. Through a project-based approach, DEC! applies pure academic subjects to the latest construction industry practices.

The result is young people with real-world practical experience and employability skills.

Schools, industry and partners all attended to hear talks from the ESB, Class of Your Own, the Principal of Clacton Coastal Academy and their students.

The presentations from the event are available from the downloads section on this page. You can also visit for more information on the learning programmes, or for more information email

DEC! Supported by Industry

Daniel McDonagh, Design and Technology Teacher at St Ambrose Barlow RC College talks about teaching DEC! and how sponsorship of the DEC! curriculum by Laing O'Rourke Construction benefits him and his students. Faye Jenkins of Laing O'Rourke discusses the benefits of sponsoring a DEC! School.