Contractors World - UK & Ireland Vol 3 No 5 - page 4

Contractors World - UK & Ireland Vol 3 No 5
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Editorial
Comment
Need for better
collaboration
This issue contains a feature -
Construction expert warns
of ‘skills time bomb’
written by Rob Leslie, a course
leader at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and
Built Environment, Robert Gordon University (RGU) .
It is interesting to see the lack of beneficial collabo-
ration between the industry and Universities. As the ar-
ticles says, Universities are for educational and research
purposes whilst too much of industry expect them to be
training centres. Industry expects training, which is their
responsibility but fail to take advantage of the research ca-
pabilities Universities can offer.
Surely it is not beyond the remit of Government to
provide some incentive for students and potential em-
ployers to provide an incentive for practical training. As
anyone in this industry knows, you may know everything
in the classroom, but in freezing temperatures and water-
logged, muddy construction sites, where anticipated deliv-
eries fail to arrive and other challenges exist, it is a totally
different experience.
On site can be more invigorating because it often calls
for rapid changes to plans and instant decision making.
Project managers are expected to be able to make snap
decisions to ensure that works continue even if it requires
a change of plan.
And, no matter how much pre-analysis you do, ground
excavations invariably throw up something that should not
be there. It could be old utility pipes, unexploded bombs
or some archeological find - probably the worse because
things become out of your control.
Better collaboration will result in trainees coming
through with both practical knowledge and on-site training.
A win-win situation.
Roger Lindley
Publisher / Editor
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