Members of the CITA North Western BIM Region recently took park in a specially developed short course to students and staff of St. Michael’s College in Enniskillen. The course, developed by Quinn Building Products in conjunction with the College, focuses on relatively new areas of construction to give students an insight into the future of the industry. These areas are Building Information Modelling (BIM), and Lean Construction. The college not only feel it important to provide students with labour market intelligence but also to work with industry to help pupils to develop the most up-to-date skill set possible to take forward and be successful within the job market.
ENGdoc was delighted to be invited to be part of this programme and we really value the importance of demonstrating the practical application of the skills we learn in school. Over the next few years these skills will be developed to mould the BIM engineers, co-ordinators and technicians of the future. As the construction industry goes through a major learning curve with the implementation of BIM, it is critical that companies can attract young talent who will enhance and develop these organisations into the future.
We were very impressed with the initiative shown by the college to undertake this training. It should serve as as example to other schools and third level colleges of what can be achieved with a little dedication. With basic CAD and drafting skills in short supply, particularly at graduate level, this training will be an asset to students entering the job market and will certainly be looked upon favourably by employers.
Members of the CITA North Western BIM Region who contributed on the day were Raymond O’Reilly (Quinn Building Products), Padraic King (King & Moffatt), Kevin Coyle (Laurence Mechanical Services) and David Mullen (Engineering Documentation Ltd.)