Cadcoe Story

Cadcoe is the ‘Construction and Design Centre of Excellence’, offering innovative, advanced tech training and Design Engineering Apprenticeships in 2D CAD, 3D Modelling and BIM for the construction industry.

Cadcoe is a training provider, which forms part of the Technical Design Services Group. Based in the Midlands, the team works nationally to support people into careers within design engineering, as well as supporting employers with their internal staff development through a range of fast-track CAD courses. We work with architects, structural engineers, tier 1 and 2 contractors and design and detailing offices offering a fast-track apprenticeship in CAD for structural steelwork and architectural metalwork across both traditional and offsite construction.

We work closely with education providers, STEM networks and businesses, to raise awareness of skills, careers and technologies within design engineering. To date more than 100 young people have accessed the training, with 100% securing permanent employment.


The Technical Design Services Group

Headed up by our Group Director, Daniel Leech, the Technical Design Services Group, is made up of three companies:

A structural steel and architectural metalwork design office and consultancy

Structural engineering consultancy

Construction and Design Centre of Excellence
Design engineering apprenticeships and courses for construction


The Construction and Design Centre of Excellence, was established in 2011, as a direct need for skilled CAD Technicians and Engineers, within TDS. We found that the traditional training structure of one day a week, developing knowledge at college, wasn’t equipping apprentices with the skills to effectively contribute to projects. As a result, mastermind Dan, decided to set up as a training provider, offering a tailored, fast-track training solution, to the exact skills and digital knowledge TDS required. Businesses all over the UK, quickly caught on, and we now have more than 80 employers on board, now supporting more than 50 apprentices every year into industry.

In 2016, the group expanded to include Design4Structures, a structural engineering consultancy. Together we are innovators and educators, at the forefront of developments within the construction industry, always adapting to meet the needs of our clients, students and the sector in which we operate.


Our Education Partners
A £12 million centre for Advanced Construction Technologies we work in partnership with Dudley College of Technology. Our home is within the Cadcoe Digital Technologies Suite at the ground-breaking Advance II Centre. Opened in September 2017, Students have access to the latest software and training in construction, including a BIM cave and modular pods, with new areas added to its portfolio on a regular basis.

Designed by Apprentices
Take a look at some of the latest projects our Apprentices have worked on, and a snapshot of the businesses we work with, here.

Meet the team