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Class Of Your Own Limited
"Educating the Future of Construction"
Multiple award winning land surveyor turned education maverick, Alison Watson is Managing Director of Class Of Your Own Limited (COYO).
Since working on the UK’s BSF major school redevelopment programme over ten years ago when she came into direct contact with hundreds of young people, Alison has maintained a strong desire to revolutionise the way they, and the people around them, think about the built environment.
Founded in 2009, COYO is now one of the UK’s most innovative and successful social enterprise for the built environment, leading the development of the next generation of digital design, engineering and construction professionals.
Over the years, Alison and her team at COYO have worked with educators and industry to deliver accredited qualifications that open up a world of professional employment opportunities for young people, changing attitudes and closing the skills gap. Her real passion is creating and writing projects that educate, motivate and inspire, and the much celebrated Design, Engineer, Construct (DEC) learning programme for secondary-school age students is her pride and joy.
The programme enables teachers to deliver a project-based curriculum that applies pure academic subjects to current construction industry practices, tools and software, resulting in young people with real-world practical experience and employability skills.