My Environment - My Future Launches in Oxfordshire

My Environment - My Future Launches in Oxfordshire

CSTT and John Mason School, Abingdon have joined forces to introduce the new “My Environment, My Future programme” for the first time. John Mason School will roll the programme out to over 75 GCSE Students this year.

The Chartered Surveyors Training Trust (CSTT) is proud to launch its schools programme, “My Environment - My Future”, aimed at introducing the next generation of young people to the opportunities to drive and shape the built environment. The programme provides lesson plans, online resources and enrichment activities in support of the Geography GCSE curriculum. Teachers are encouraged to use the materials in support of their work on the Urban environment part of the curriculum to engage students in looking at the built environment around them. CSTT commits to engaging a surveying company to bring alive some of the challenges and opportunities local to the school, replacing the case studies suggested in the standard text books. 


There is no cost to the student, school or employer and the aim is to help establish an ongoing relationship between the schools and local employers, delivering on the Gatesby Objectives, and opening the eyes of the students to the fact that they can have a role in shaping the Built Environment around them. 


The programme culminates in students preparing a video presentation on the local project they have studied. The best entries, judged by a panel of surveyors, will win be awarded cash prizes at a high profile awards event and receive the option to visit iconic development projects around the country. 


Terry Watts, CEO of the CSTT, said “We aim to cast a net into schools, with the help of employers and partners in the sector, that will awaken an interest and understanding in young people that the Built Environment where most of us live, work, play and learn is shaped by people like them. Many of the existing schools programmes target individual schools with intensive workshops and seminars which are very effective at reaching small numbers of students. We aim to establish an industrial scale programme that opens the eyes of young people to the well paid and rewarding careers to be had when they choose to be part of shaping the built environment that we all rely on, where most of us live, work, play and learn. 

“It also accounts for 40% of our country’s carbon footprint, and affects our health, well being and sense of belonging, so it is vital they help get it right for the future.” “Amanda Clack Dr. (hc), trustee of CSTT and Executive Director and Head of Strategic Advisory at CBRE commented, “Our sector often has a poor image with students and their parents based on an historical mis-understanding of what we do. This programme will lift the veil on the highly skilled and professional roles surveyors and others play in creating the environment for everyone, and how more young people are needed to join us and shape the world of the future. As employers we need to get behind this collaborative, far reaching initiative and make a step change in the way our industry is viewed by tomorrows’ workforce.” 


Aidan Conroy, Head of Geography, John Mason School, Abingdon added, “Geography is a stretching and important part of the GCSE curriculum, valued by students and employers alike. I have been delighted to help establish this programmes that brings to life the relevance of the subject to my students. The support from surveyors, their practical, real life case studies makes a real impact, and the resources available from the CSTT website have been great.” For more information on the CSTT and “My Environment - My Future” email hello@cstt.org.uk or if you’d like your school to become a part of the pilot for this academic year register at www.cstt.org.uk The CSTT website and schools programme is powered by Building People. 


For more information on the CSTT and “My Environment - My Future” email hello@cstt.org.uk or if you’d like your school to become a part of the pilot for this academic year register at www.cstt.org.uk 


The CSTT website and schools programme is powered by Building People.

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06/01/2020 14:33:28

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