Campus, the educational initiative that trains students and AEC professionals in Building Information Modelling has announced its return and new format for tutelage.
Campus is a Space Group company set-up with the aim to address the skills shortage ever-present in today’s industry whilst increasing BIM engagement and employment within the young demographic who are making their first steps into all things architecture, construction and engineering.
Launched in 2013, Campus originally held 12-week training workshops in Newcastle aimed at 19–24 year olds who were not in education, employment or training (NEET), as well as university students and graduates looking to supplement their studies with relevant experience. The training was funded through Government grants, and although highly commended by industry, subsequent funding had been hard to come by.
Throughout the last few months, Space Group decided to rethink the model behind Campus and how the tutelage it provides is accessed, and their new plan of action is now in place.
Dayle Zieleniewski returns to Space Group from Arup Associates and will lead the Campus training. Each year, Campus aims to host four 6-week series’, each with up to 15 students or young people taking part. A potential 60 newly skilled young professionals is an exciting prospect indeed.
Campus’ updated tutoring model will carry-out training for students and young people across the United Kingdom, ranging from 16-years-old to postgraduate age, as well as for Space Group contacts and partners whom have staff that need extra coaching and training, such as bimstore manufacturers, BIM.Technologies clientele, etc. Campus will also be responsible for the in-house training of newly-appointed members of Space Group.
How Campus operates will also be overhauled. Campus will deliver pop-up training in London, Manchester, Newcastle and another location TBC to ensure that a wide range of companies and individuals can access the outlet and make Campus as nationwide as possible.
A final change relates to how funding will be allocated, and Campus are looking for influence and opinion regarding this topic. Campus look to be sponsored by up to 40+ AEC companies, all of which pledge £1750 into the tuition. Those supporting businesses are then guaranteed the chance to hire one of the potential 60 trainees at the end of the course should they wish.
Space Group CEO, Rob Charlton is keen to speak with anyone interested in receiving or supporting training for our sister company. He tweeted:
Currently selecting intake for BIM campus.If you're a student & interested DM.Companies interested in sponsorship please DM. #skillsshortage
— Rob Charlton (@spacegroupRob) July 30, 2015
If you are a company interested in learning more about Campus and how you can support the BIM development of the next generation, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Campus’ Twitter channel will also be revived in the coming weeks, so make sure to follow that for more updates – @campusBIM.