The need to stimulate demand within the economy using the construction industry appears to be one thing on which both political parties agree. Recently the Business Secretary Dr Vince Cable described construction as “a very big chunk of the economy” and went on to state “if we are going to get out of this period of economic crisis, the construction industry is a key driver “ Dr Cable identified housing and infrastructure as two key areas that needed to be addressed. Similarly, the shadow Chancellor has identified the need to increase the amount of housing provision.
A 2009 report by the Construction Industry Council on the impact of the recession on the professions identified that “Construction managers too will need a broader level of understanding with respect to the design and construction of the building” and that “the expected move towards greater energy efficiency and sustainability will place new demands on both construction industry professionals and construction managers and may create new opportunities”. Furthermore, the same report identified “There will be an increasing need for managers with an understanding of the nature of the building and how to operate it at its optimum efficiency”
This programme is designed with the above issues in mind. For example, module outcomes address concerns such as sustainability, energy efficiency, facilities management along with the more familiar outcomes such as management theories, literacy, problem solving and client needs. Supplementing these is a range of higher level skills which have been designed to integrate with module outcomes.
This programme will meet industry demands and in doing so provide a sound intellectually demanding vocational learning experience linked to industry and professional body a requirement that satisfies the needs of both students and employers. Furthermore, the programme team has developed the aims of the programme to enhance the development of technical competence and training at a level, which is capable of meeting industry’s current requirements for middle management.
Graduates of the Quantity Surveying Programme will find employment in either the consultant side of the industry as Quantity Surveyors, advising clients on the economics of their development projects or in roles such as Commercial Managers within the contracting side of the industry.
At the end of the course it is anticipated that graduates will have acquired sufficient skills to be able to fulfil the role of a graduate quantity surveyor in either of these sectors. Subject to the restrictions the qualification will provide them with a route to membership of a professional institution. There has only been one cohort of graduates from the Quantity Surveying and they have found employment within contracting organisations.