Construction and Built Environment Challenge

 “Will your School be this year’s Champion?”

The Construction and Built Environment Challenge (CABEC) is a construction related competition for S2 (13-14 year old) pupils. Successfully run with schools in Edinburgh and the Lothians for eleven years now, it’s a regular feature on their academic calendar. Scottish Government identified the success of CABEC East and asked for a similar competition to be delivered in the West of Scotland, initially Glasgow and Lanarkshire, which has now been established (details below).

ncw2006oatridgecollege_200_01Schools are invited to submit a team of ten S2 pupils (where possible equally mixed boys and girls) to participate in the CABEC Challenge. The evaluation of last year’s Challenge showed that teachers and pupils alike are keen for their school to participate not only to learn more about the varied and exciting careers available in construction – but also to be in with a chance to be this year’s Champion!

Pupils attending the event are incredibly motivated by the competitive nature of the occasion. Each activity is tailor made by the college/university lecturers to ensure participants can prove they are successful learners, contribute effectively, confident individuals and responsible citizens.  They have to display basic literacy and numeracy skills, to use technology, and to think creatively in order to complete the task. In addition, pupils display enthusiasm and excitement about the learning experience.

CABEC West is a partnership between Anniesland College, City of Glasgow College, Glasgow Caledoniancarpentry_200 University, North Glasgow College and Motherwell College who have joined forces to offer construction and engineering challenges for your pupils. The competition this year has been generously funded by the Scottish Government and supported by BEST, ConstructionSkills, SECTT and SummitSkills.  Heats will be held at the venues and dates shown below.  Simply select your first and second choice for the half-day session and email this information to the CABEC West Co-ordinator, who will then email you to confirm your booking. The competition operates on a ‘first come first served’ basis and the deadline for responses is Friday 23rd September.





Wednesday 26th October

Anniesland College

Heat 1

09.30 – 12.00


Heat 2

12.30 – 15.00



4th November

City of Glasgow College

Heat 3

09.30 – 12.00


Heat 4

12.30 – 15.00


Wednesday 16th November

Glasgow Caledonian University

Heat 5

09.30 – 12.00


Heat 6

12.30 – 15.00



25th November

Motherwell College

Heat 7

09.30 – 12.00


Heat 8

12.30 – 15.00



9th December

North Glasgow College

Heat 9

09.30 – 12.00


Heat 10

12.30 – 15.00


A winning team from each Heat will then go through to the final to be held at Hampden Park Stadium on Tuesday 24th January 2011. Dr Alastair Allan MSP, Minister for Learning and Skills, will present the winning team with the Construction and Built Environment Challenge trophy, vouchers for the pupils and a cash prize roofing_200for their Craft Design Technology Department.

The Construction and Built Environment Challenges support the Curriculum for Excellence. Pupils will participate in active learning outside the classroom, while having the opportunity to work towards being successful learners, effective contributors and confident individuals.

Have a look at these quotes from previous competitors;

“This event fits with the Curriculum for Excellence but also links education with career opportunities”

“A great example of active learning”

“A hugely worthwhile challenge requiring a range of skills and very well organised”

“All the pupils had a great time. It was excellent”

“Offered a lot to pupils beyond CDT in terms of the Enterprise agenda and supporting Curriculum for Excellence”

“Great for team working – activities need constructive thinking”

100% of pupils at the West Lothian College heat said that the event had made them more aware of the opportunities in the construction industry!dsc_7358_200_02

Each school may submit one team of ten pupils, but remember spaces are limited and it is first come first served!  Drop an email to or phone on 07767 327601 as soon as possible if you want your school to be a part of this exciting, informative and fun event!  If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact him.

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