Newcastle’s purpose-built BIM training suite, CAMPUS, held its second open evening on 16 January.
It invited prospective employers and learners to find out more about the work it does to upskill the construction industry’s next generation.
The first of its kind partnership between BIM.Technologies and Northern Construction Training, provides free 12-week BIM courses to 19 to 24-year-olds who are not in education, employment or training (NEET).
Following the completion of two successful rounds, CAMPUS is due to begin its next course at the start of February with 15 new recruits. A high employment rate has been achieved so far with 13 out of 15 from the first cohort securing industry roles on completion of their course, and some have already been employed from the second cohort.
BIMcrunch was at the open evening alongside employers from the region and further afield – including IBSECAD, Nivens and the Northumbria Architectural Society – and past, present and future CAMPUS learners. We spoke to a few attendees to get their verdict on the course.
FaulknerBrowns partner Nicholas Deeming said: “I was sceptical about the value to be gained of BIM training in a classroom environment. However the structure and approach seems a great success, embedding the students with BIM knowledge, confidence in Revit and its application in a team based mini project environment – whilst recognising that BIM is a means to an end and not an end in itself. They all seem to enjoy it too.
“The critical element is that it fills a BIM skills gap between academia and practise in a manner that’s immediately applicable in the real world of projects. FaulknerBrowns has already employed a graduate of BIM Campus, so keep up the good work.”
Prospective student Ben Weymes said: “Getting into the industry, and specifically for architects, is very competitive. I’m very aware of the employment rates and the technology skills gap which CAMPUS addresses head on by teaching industry standard skills. I heard about the course through a lecturer and after finding out more about it, I’m hoping to get into the next batch!”
Current learner James Shackleton said: “A couple of friends and I have relocated for 12 weeks to attend the course after hearing about it on completing our degrees at Sheffield Hallam. I’m currently looking for Part One Architecture opportunities here in Newcastle or further South to London.
“CAMPUS is the perfect transition from university to work, and it’s certainly made getting into the industry a lot less daunting. I would really recommend it to others!”
BIM.Technologies Education Leader Peter James Morton said: “The turnout was fantastic and the upcoming course has been hotly anticipated with many more enquiries coming in than we’d previously experienced.
“The course is very flexible and bespoke, and with each new set of learners, our recognition as a training centre producing talented young professionals that integrate into a workplace, adding instant value to employers is building.”
The next course runs from 3 February 2014 to 25 April 2014 at Spaceworks in Newcastle upon Tyne. For more information or to find out how to enrol, visit www.BIMcampus.co.uk or follow @campusBIM on Twitter.