Promoting the construction industry to young people goes global with the launch of a new class of your own online learning portal


Class Of Your Own ‘DEC School’ portal provides access to their award-winning ‘Design Engineer Construct! (‘DEC’) Learning Program, as shown here by DEC teacher Andy Dolan and his students at Heathcote School & Science College, London.

Livermore, California – July 21, 2021 – Class Of Your Own (COYO), a social enterprise dedicated to helping the construction industry engage with schools and educators to develop youth skills, has launched a new portal online learning. “DEC SCHOOL”, launched by the sponsorship of Topcon Positioning Systems – made of award-winning COYO “Design Engineer Construct!” »Learning program available all over the world, allowing children and young people to quickly and easily learn the various professional disciplines of the built environment.

There is no denying the gravity of the work situation facing construction professionals today. According to the 2018 Current Population Survey in the United States, construction workers aged 55 and over fell from just under 17% in 2011 to almost 22% in 2018. While the hand -Work continues to age, attracting new talent to its ranks has become a huge priority. Proving that construction, surveying and design are exciting and viable career considerations has always been at the center of COYO’s efforts. The new portal is spreading this message globally, according to the organization’s founder and CEO, Alison Watson, MBE.

“We are thrilled that the launch of our online ‘School DEC’ allows students (and schools) to access DEC whenever and wherever they want,” she said. “The labor situation in the architectural, engineering, surveying and construction industries is not exclusive to the UK or the US; it is a global problem and we have proven that the solution lies in the youth of today.

Topcon has supported COYO’s efforts for over a decade and its contribution to DEC school demonstrates this continued commitment. There’s no downside, according to Jamie Williamson, executive vice president of Topcon.

“We recognized early on not only the importance of the workforce issue facing our industry, but also the success Alison and her team have achieved in making design and survey concepts accessible and interesting for students in the UK, ”he said. “The fact that his dream has become over the years what it is today: able to reach a young global audience eager to learn – and the fact that we were able to help make it come true – makes us feel very good at what we do.

Watson is also optimistic about the progress COYO has made and appreciative of the support Topcon has provided since the organization’s inception.

“For years, a significant part of our ‘curriculum’ has involved students addressing design challenges using strengths learned by aligning their own STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) resources,” she said. . “Topcon has been a major sponsor for each of these challenges. I can’t say enough about the level of support they have shown us and continue to show us with this major effort. Introducing the DEC school to a global audience has already sparked interest from South Africa, China, and Australia, as well as the Emirates in the Middle East – and we’re literally just getting started.

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About Class Of Your Own Limited
Founded in 2009 by former land surveyor Alison Watson MBE, Class Of Your Own (“COYO”) is a social enterprise, educational consulting firm and the award-winning creator of Design Engineer Construct! (“DEC”) Apprenticeship program. Working with the best in education and industry, COYO takes an authentic learning approach in creating leading STEM-focused built environment and infrastructure programs to realize potential and produce genuine social, economic and environmental impact. “Design Engineer Construct! “From COYO (” DEC “) The apprenticeship program is aimed at children and young people of primary (age 7-11), secondary (age 11-16), sixth grade and education higher (16-19 years) as well as adult learning; a comprehensive degree program that provides learners with unique pathways to professional careers in architecture, engineering and construction.

About the Topcon Positioning Group
Topcon Positioning Group, always ahead of technology and customer benefits, is a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of precision measurement and workflow solutions for the global construction, geospatial and construction markets. ‘Agriculture. Topcon Positioning Group is headquartered in Livermore, California, USA (, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook). Its European headquarters are in Capelle a / d IJssel, the Netherlands. Topcon Corporation (, founded in 1932, is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (7732).

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