Aspect Construction have recently taken part in a programme that is aimed at encouraging young students to get involved and gain valuable industry experience, through practical application of their classroom skills. 45 Students from Liverpool John Moores University, alongside experienced Project Manager Tony Foster of Aspect Construction took part in the scheme.
The idea of the programme is to get students to partake in mini projects that give them a taste of what it is like in the `real world` environment, and is a snap shot of project delivery within construction.
According to the Constructionarium statistics, `Astonishingly, at the end of the second year over 50% of the undergraduates … cannot draw the basic components of a suspension bridge or a water supply system or a building or the different types of foundations and where they might be used’ The program aims to reduce this percentage and give students opportunities to build on their University Education.
In designated teams of 15, the students constructed three construction projects from a design brief including the `Gherkin` London City, the Kingsgate Bridge Durham and the Ravenspurn Oil Platform North Sea. Students managed the projects in their entirety ensuring all health and safety guidelines and legislation were met and in some instances exceeded. They worked prior to the event on producing method statements for every activity to be undertaken and designated a team hierarchy including project management, programme management, cost management, materials management, labour management and estimation.
Tony Foster was Aspects chosen representative and he ventured to the site for the week with the LJMU students. Tony oversaw three projects and was in-charge of signing off daily paperwork, generally liaising and guiding students throughout the projects.
Students were given designated roles for the project duration and this included, Project Manager, Site Manager and setting out engineer along with a Quantity Surveyor. Students were put under pressure when having to complete various tasks, and as with a live site environment had to implement contingency plans when some aspects did not go to plan.
Tony Foster, Project Manager commented on the overall week `… the students are very lucky to have had the opportunity to be involved in this great scheme…All in all it was a full on challenging week for the students and one which should serve them well for their futures`
`On a personal note, it was great to see students growing into their roles … there was certainly no lack of effort from the teams and it was great to be part of this programme` – Feedback from the LJMU students, industry partners, Constructionarium and academics has also been very positive.
`The educational value and experience is vast and the response from our students was tremendous.` – James Hartwell, Senior Lecturer, School of the Built Environment