College first in UK to offer students BIM certification

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Architectural Technology students from New College Lanarkshire are once again at the forefront of the industry as they take on a prestigious industry training course - the first college students in the UK to do so.

HND Computer Aided Architectural Design and Technology (CAAD&T) students from the Motherwell Campus will take on the Building Information Modelling (BIM): Principles Certification (SCQF Level 7).

Building Information Modelling is a process used globally in architectural design, and the certificate will give learners the skills, knowledge and confidence to work on BIM projects in their careers while adding to their professional qualifications for future employment.

The SQA unit was written along with other new BIM units as part of the validation and updating of the CAAD&T course by New College Lanarkshire course leader Michael McGuire.

He said: “We have always strived to create a course that enables students to go straight into industry after one or two years of education, and the inclusion of BIM training further enhances the already industry level knowledge and skills that the students have.

“These industry needed skills are vital for our students to ensure they are ready and confident to go into the workplace, and to be the first to deliver them again means our students will be at the front of the queue.

“BIM is a relatively new discipline in the construction industry and there are a lot of questions over what it is exactly, so any knowledge we can give to our students will hopefully see them take confidence from their sound knowledge and skills that they have developed here.”

Interested in New College Lanarkshire’s Computer Aided Architectural Design and Technology courses? Click here: http://www.nclanarkshire.ac.uk/courses/cad/hnc-computer-aided-architectural-design-and-technology

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