Just nine colleges in the UK are offering The Higher Level Apprenticeship in Sustainable Built Environment, which provides work-based learning at university level.
The first course starts in September and is open to A-level students (with 80 or more UCAS points), Level 3 Advanced Apprentices, those with BTECs and people already working in the industry.
Jay Gregson, who works as an air-conditioning engineer for Carrier, is the first person in the UK to sign up to complete the course at Leeds College of Building.
He will study towards an NVQ Level 5 in Construction Management (Sustainability) and a Higher National Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment.
He will then choose construction, civil engineering or building services as a specialist subject.
Mr Gregson explains: “This new HLA qualification offers the best of both worlds because I’ll still earn a wage, the course is paid for by my employer and it effectively offers three qualifications rolled into one so it will give me lots of career options in the future.”
Leeds College of Building Higher Apprenticeship Project Manager Sarah Carter says: “The qualification has been developed with employers, colleges, universities and all the leading sector skills councils in order to add real value to the industry by creating a skilled workforce that is productive and can help businesses to grow.”
Successful participants will be able to pursue a career in a wide range of disciplines including architecture, building services, civil engineering, construction management, maintenance, planning and surveying.