Design, Engineer, Construct!

Through our East Works programme, LLDC brings together industry-leading businesses with local schools and colleges to develop innovative approaches to learning that give young people the best chance of a great career once they leave education. 

We’re delivering programmes such as the Design...Engineer...Construct! that address skills gaps in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and promote new exciting careers ranging from building information modelling (BIM) in construction through to the creative, media and digital sectors.


LLDC is spearheading an intervention bringing together some of the UK’s leading built environment firms, local schools and FE colleges to develop young people’s skills so they become the built environment professionals of the future, from engineers and surveyors to architects and BIM technicians.

We have forged a partnership with leading UK education consultancy and social enterprise Class Of Your Own (COYO) who, for more than a decade, has inspired children to experience the Built Environment through the industry-recognised ‘Design Engineer Construct’ (DEC) learning programme.  Children and young people are provided with a unique opportunity to develop the knowledge, competencies, behaviours and skills fundamental to successful engagement in the professional aspects of architecture, engineering and construction.

Working with a range of industry leaders, from Mace to Balfour Beatty and Lendlease, students advance their digital skills throughout the programme, including learning 3D modelling and analysis tools using industry standard software for building and infrastructure design. In particular, the programme is focused on providing project-based learning opportunities and, for participating schools, creating tailored pathways for their students to access employment or further learning via work placements, higher level apprenticeships or support into wider training/employment opportunities.

Not only does DEC align with the Sustainable Development Goals, but the themes of social, environmental and economic sustainability run throughout the programme, and learners discover how to minimise their own and their community’s impact on the planet.

If you are a school interested in delivering the curriculum, or a young person wanting to develop the right skills, get in touch at: [email protected] quoting ‘LLDC’.

For more information on Jobs, Skills and business programmes, see our East Works pages




“We work with a collective of different talented organisations such as contractors, architects and project managers to make it really powerful and give students an understanding of the breadth of career paths they can follow.

"Some of the students on the programme might not end up being engineers – some of them will be architects, but as long as they’re inspired about our industry that’s fine.”