Building work readiness

BDAV’s Work Readiness Practice Course is specifically targeted at recent graduates or new employees commencing in building design practices, in a bid to make them more “work ready”. BDAV president Darryl Crumpton said that when the association called for expressions of interest last month from among its membership, members described this as an excellent initiative, and available places filled very quickly. “The BDAV Work Readiness Practice Course aims to be a bridging program between the theory that students learn during their studies for the Diploma in Building Design (or its various derivatives) and what actually occurs, in the practical sense, in a building design firm,” Crumpton said. The course provides participants with knowledge of what happens in practice in areas such as: Planning and building approval processes; Relationships with other design consultants and disciplines; Preparation of drawings and specifications; Basic elements of contract law; andThe art of communication. The course is currently being assessed and refined, and is planned to be available in the 2009 calendar year. It will be open to all new entrants to the building design profession.

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