Skills Academy (School Links)

14-16 school links

The Skills Academy team work closely with local partner schools offering students access to a wide range of work related courses from Year 9 onwards. Courses are delivered both within College and school. Our courses offer fantastic opportunities for students who are interested in pursuing careers in the construction industry. In the Skills Academy, students will attain practical skills and academic knowledge whilst gaining valuable experience of learning within a college environment.

The courses we offer provide students with an excellent introduction into a career in the construction industry. Students will gain experience both practically and academically within a construction and College environment. We have courses from entry level to level 3.

We also offer construction provision to those students who have disabilities and learning difficulties and we are happy to discuss any individual requirements.

Design Engineer Construct!

Inspiring a new generation of built environment professionals!

Leeds College of Building are working with Class of Your Own, BAM Construction and Topcon to deliver a level 2 qualification aimed at 14-16 year olds.

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.

There is little understanding of built environment professions and few young people aspire to a career in this important sector of the British and global economy. By getting involved with DEC! schools and industry can educate the future of construction and change the lives of young people.

Thanks to the extraordinary support of industry leaders, professional bodies and progressive universities, DEC! delivers an inspiring programme that is up to date and in demand by the very people who will employ our children.

For more information about DEC! please visit:

How to apply

If you are a student and you are interested in the Skills Academy you will need to check with your school to see whether attending Leeds College of Building is available as an option for you to take.

If you are a school and would like to find out more about the Skills Academy or the DEC! qualification, please call 0113 222 6014 or email John Clancy at