Cadcoe, or the ‘Construction and Design Centre of Excellence’ was launched in 2012, to provide opportunities, through Apprenticeships, to people looking to access careers in digital design and engineering.
The training company, is the brainchild of Daniel Leech, Managing Director of Structural Steelwork and Architectural Metalwork Design Consultants, TDS Midlands. Having employed and trained young people within TDS Midlands, for over two decades, Daniel could see the clear and critical benefits this brought to the company: a sustainable team with an emotional investment in the business and a workforce that fully understands the needs and high expectations of the business and industry.
When it was identified that the traditional apprenticeship delivery of one day at college, wasn’t giving the apprentices the vocational skills required for the industry. Daniel and his team decided to go ahead and establish their own training academy – Cadcoe was born!
Through lots of hard work and determination our founding team, Declan, Lee, John, James and Dan have built a programme of training that up skills young people with the vocational skills needed to make an immediate impact when they begin their careers with their employer. The Cadcoe Apprenticeship is currently the only of its kind being delivered in the UK, and the team have already won both local and national awards for the work they do throughout the area.
Unlike many other Apprenticeships, Cadcoe students complete a 20 week course in Computer Aided Design, with one day a week in the workplace, prior to full time employment. Once employed, training continues in the form of regular workplace visits from a Cadcoe assessor, however Apprentices, at this point have a range of skills to work on projects, with support from a mentor, from day one.
From May 2017, Cadcoe began working in partnership with Dudley College, in order to enhance learning experiences and increase opportunities for our future generation of digital designers even further. Our training is developing and advancing all the time, moving on from convential 2D methods, to include some of the technological innovations within the industry including BIM (Building Information Modelling).