Alison Watson is a former land surveyor and the founder and Chief Executive of social business Class Of Your Own.
She created the innovative “Design Engineer Construct!” (DEC) accredited learning programme for secondary school students age 11-18, supported by some of the UK's leading companies, professional bodies and universities through the ground breaking 'Adopt A School' scheme.
The programme is delivered in schools throughout the UK and internationally, and has resulted in young people entering the sector to pursue a wide range of technical and professional careers through technical and degree apprenticeships and traditional university entry.
Alison led the 'BIM4Education' research and development project focused on improving the teaching of digital Built Environment subjects in the secondary, further and higher education sector which resulted in a ‘Built Environment Specialist Trainer’ (“BEST”) training scheme.
A true collaborator, Alison and her COYO team works with exceptional individuals and organisations to support the development of young people, writing new programmes for DEC teachers and learners to advance their learning in specialist sectors of the industry.
From the broad range of themes covered in ‘DEC Awards’ and ‘Future Infrastructure’ programme to virtual work experiences and COYO’s ‘ReconstructED’ virtual reality app that enables DEC learners to visit and interact with their chosen site from the comfort of their classroom, Design Engineer Construct! offers inspirational opportunities for all.
In recognition of her perseverance and dedication, Alison was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in Her Majesty The Queen’s 2018 New Year Honours for services to education.
In 2019, she was made an honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors and awarded an honorary Doctor of Engineering by Heriot-Watt University.
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I am Founder and Chief Executive of social business Class Of Your Own, creator of the innovative “Design Engineer Construct!” (DEC) Learning Programme, delivered in secondary schools around the world