NCL named Best Training Provider for Digital Construction

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New College Lanarkshire has been named the best training provider of Building Information Modelling (BIM) at a prestigious industry awards ceremony – thanks to the efforts of the Architectural Technology team.

The College won Best BIM Training Programme in the BIM Awards 2020, which honours innovators and pioneers of digital construction from across the UK.   

They beat stiff competition from industry giants Alan Johnstone Partnership LLP and Buro Happold Engineering for the prize, which celebrates the delivery and results of the training programme.

HND Course Leader and WorldSkills UK BIM Training Manager Michael McGuire was part of the team to accept the award. He said: “Offering BIM Training within a college context means we can offer BIM opportunities to anyone, not just our own company, which I think is what put us ahead of the other shortlisted candidates.

“The number of award-winning students and graduates we have produced also speaks volumes, with three students making Squad UK for WorldSkills Shanghai, two winning gold and bronze at the recent WorldSkills UK and our success within the BIM Awards for producing Rising Stars.

“Our course delivers the practical application of BIM and ensures that students leave with the skills, knowledge and practical experience that the industry is crying out for – which explains why so many of our students gain employment with some of the industry’s biggest names.

“It is fair to say that NCL is leading the way in innovation education in digital construction and BIM, and I am delighted that we have been recognised for this award.”

Professor Christopher Moore, Principal and CEO of New College Lanarkshire, said: “This important award recognises NCL as being at the forefront of BIM education in the UK.

“Future-minded, industry relevant and academically rigorous, we are immensely proud of our BIM colleagues and students.”

A recent graduate of HND Computer Aided Architectural Design and Technology (CAADT) was also celebrated at the awards, winning the highly commended prize in the BIM Rising Star accolade.

Patrycja Wisniewski from Wishaw studied at the Motherwell Campus for three years after returning to education following the birth of her daughter – and is now employed as a Trainee Civil and Structural Technician with BakerHicks.

Patrycja’s success follows in the success of former student Sophie Orr, who won the BIM Rising Star award in 2019. Both Sophie and Patrycja competed at WorldSkills UK Live in Birmingham, with Sophie bringing home a gold medal in the Building Information Modelling competition, while Patrycja achieved highly commended.

Barry Skea, Head of Faculty for Engineering and Automotive at New College Lanarkshire, said: “This a great result for NCL and the team as it recognises all the hard work and commitment of our staff in delivering for our students and for the industry.

“The team lead the way in digital construction, which is highlighted by the countless awards and accolades they stack up, all while delivering exceptional teaching and developing unique opportunities for each and every student.”

The awards were announced at a glittering awards ceremony at the Boiler Shop in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Part of the two-day BIM Show Live 2020 conference, which features keynote talks and seminars on the technological advances in digital construction.

The team are now focused on training and development of three students who have been selected for the training squad which will form the team representing the UK at the international ‘skills Olympics’ in Shanghai next year.

Darren Houston, Minahil Nawaz and Connor Patterson were chosen after impressing at the WorldSkills UK competition alongside Patrycja and Sophie, and will now continue training in the hope of being selected for the team. 

New College Lanarkshire’s award-winning Architectural Technology courses are now open for applications. For more information, visit: https://www.nclanarkshire.ac.uk/courses/cad

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