I am currently participating in PlanBEE, which is a higher level apprenticeship course. Established by Ryder Architecture, PlanBEE is an industry wide partnership of companies which allows students to gain qualifications at HNC/HND and degree level while also gaining valuable experience of working within the built environment sector. Throughout the course I spend 4 days on work placement and one day a week at college.
NBS is my second placement. My first placement was with Ryder Architecture for four months, which greatly improved my knowledge and understanding of architecture as a profession. I spent the first two months working in the Concept Team which involved the using several different types of software such as Revit and Adobe Workshop, which were mainly used to communicate ideas. This helped me to gain a good understanding of the concept design phase of a construction project, and improved my skills using the software. For the remaining two months I worked in the Technologies Team which gave me an insight into the technical design phase of a construction project. During that time, I continued using Revit to make amendments to working drawings as per the Contractor’s comments.
My experience at NBS so far has provided me with an insight into specification, which is an element of construction that I was not very familiar with. I started my time at NBS in the Technical Team working with technical authors to understand their roles and responsibilities within the company and the construction industry. During my time in the Technical Team I have researched products and produced reports and presented the findings to my team. The skills I have developed during my time at NBS are invaluable and transferable across all sectors of the construction industry.
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