The BIM Task Group publishes the Initial BIM Learning Outcomes Framework
We are publishing the Initial BIM Learning Outcomes Framework to provide early information for employers’ BIM training programme development; and to give guidance to institutions, training providers and educators developing and delivering training courses to employees in the sector.
What is the function of the Training & Education team in the BIM Task Group?
The remit of the Training/Education team is to (1) support the up-skilling of employees in the government department in the near-term for early adopter projects, (2) up-skill employees across departments for the long-term rollout of BIM across the public works and (3) to provide near- and long-term support to the industry to ensure the Level 2 BIM target for Government are met for 2016.
What is the Initial BIM Learning Outcomes Framework?
The Learning Outcomes Framework describes the potential outcomes for learning programmes and relates to functions performed by practitioners in the industry that are facilitated or enhanced by BIM. These learning outcomes should be considered by education and training providers when developing built environment courses. The Framework is delineated to focus separately on Strategic, Management and Technical roles across the sector.
Why do we need it?
The industry has a wide range of training and education providers developing and delivery an equally diverse set of training courses. Guidance is offered by the BIM Task Group to support the development of trained practitioners that are enabled to provide services meeting the needs of the government’s BIM roadmap for 2016. The Learning Outcomes will help to provide a more consistent approach across disciplines in line with the emerging sector strategy on BIM implementation and help to provide future links to sector qualification systems.
What is its purpose?
To improve the breadth, depth, quantity and quality of educated and trained professionals in the built environment that can support the BIM programme across the rollout through 2016. The Training & Education group noted that a number of training and education offerings concentrated on quite a narrow band of the industry. In the main courses focused on design and construction and not on briefing, planning and the impact of BIM to improving the operations of assets. Also training courses largely targeted technical users rather than management teams and strategic roles in organisations. In addition BIM education and training is focused on Buildings rather than Infrastructure. The Learning Outcomes Framework aims to broaden education and training to support the aims of the BIM Task Group that Level 2 BIM is procured and delivered across public sector projects by 2016. This requires broad awareness and expertise in BIM practice across different asset types and across different roles in the industry.
Since the implementation of BIM education and training across the sector is part of an evolving strategy that involves a range of other procedural and technical considerations, it is intended that a formal BIM skills benchmark will be fully developed for implementation in the spring of 2013. This will help to ensure a common recognised platform for BIM skills development across the sector, which can be supported by all key industry, professional and education/training stakeholder interests.
How should it be used?
The Learning Outcomes Framework provides a checklist of aspects to consider when developing built environment training and education courses; or if you are specifying a training requirement for your team or company. It identifies industry functions facilitated by BIM that should be considered when designing, developing or procuring training and education. It is not intended that the entire framework is used in creating ‘BIM courses’. It describes the coverage of BIM across the sector from which to inform training and education at strategic, management and technical levels. Think of your audience and their needs
Providing your feedback
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