Computer Aided Architecture and Design Technology (CAADT) students at Motherwell Campus gained an insight into the role of a Quantity Surveyor thanks to a talk by an industry professional.
Graham Hall, Managing Quantity Surveyor at Morrison Construction spoke to the HND students about his 20 years of experience in the construction industry, from his apprenticeship to retraining as a Quantity Surveyor, and his career progression since. He spoke of projects he’d worked on, in particular a new £44million Largs Campus, amalgamating local primary schools and Largs Academy.
“I’ve come to speak to the students because I feel it’s really important that they understand what is happening in real life to ensure that when they leave College that they do so with an understanding of the industry and what it involves. This gives them the best chance of success in the workplace.”
Students have been studying a unit called Site Administration, which looks at what happens on and who is responsible on a building site and the talk from Graham helped bring this to life.
Student Alexander Lightbody, from East Kilbride, said:
“In class you might not understand it properly but when someone comes in from industry and shows you a live project they’ve been working on it really helps with understanding how our studies can be applied.”
Lecturer, Vivien Townsley, said:
“Having external sources coming to speak to the students and sharing information relating to live projects is very beneficial to the students and helps with their understanding and knowledge. We advocate training the students to leave being able to do a job and not just leave with a certificate saying they can do it. The class group thoroughly enjoyed the presentation and found it useful seeing drawings and information relating to the project discussed.”
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