#84 Alison Watson MBE – Class Of Your Own
October 15, 2023

Our guest this episode is Alison Watson talking about being a Surveyor, social enterprise, her work at Class of your Own and changing peoples lives via DEC education.

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In this episode, we discuss:

  • DEC Careers (Design – Engineer – Construct)
  • How education transforms lives
  • Children as Roman Surveyors
  • Being part of a “family of Professionals”

And much more…….

More on Alison


Alison is a former Land Surveyor and always called it the ‘best job in the world’ – until she started Class Of Your Own. She now ploughs her energy into helping young people discover what they might ordinarily miss.

Alison cares deeply about the future of the construction industry. Her enduring ambition to enable the development of home-grown talent through the Design Engineer Construct! Learning Programme is now being fulfilled globally. This is thanks to her hugely dedicated team and the support of the incredible COYO ‘family’ of like-minded education and industry professionals.

In recognition of her years of commitment, Alison has been awarded a Doctor of Engineering honorary degree from the fantastic Heriot-Watt University, elected Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors and awarded the President’s Award and Richard Carter prize. She was nominated to the Board of the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, represented Youth and Learning for the Construction Industry Training Board Council and honoured with an MBE for services to education in HM The Queen’s 2018 New Year Honours.

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