How Aligned Is the Competency-Based Training Model With the Lean Philosophy?

Zoya E. Kpamma1, Emmanuel Ankomah Nsia2 & Stephen Agyema3

1Lecturer, Department of Building Technology, Sunyani Polytechnic, Sunyani, Ghana, +233244787599, evanskpamma@yahoo.co.uk
2Lecturer, Department of Building Technology, Sunyani Polytechnic, Sunyani, Ghana, +233244590709, bd310nsiah@yahoo.com
3Lecturer, Department of Civil Engineering, Sunyani Polytechnic, Sunyani, Ghana, +233272777077, agyesteve44@yahoo.co.uk

Abstract

The Competency-Based Training (CBT) system departs from the traditional mode of training by focusing post-secondary training on defining, teaching, and assessing competencies industry requires. Therefore unlike the conventional system whereby the unit of progression is time and teacher-centered, in a CBT system the unit of progression is mastery of specific knowledge or skills, and is learner-centered. Comparably, the lean philosophy is proposing a departure from the traditional mode of construction to a more customer centered approach to construction. This paper seeks to compare the tenets of CBT with those of Lean Construction to establish an alignment. The study was inspired by a growing concern for the adoption of lean methods to teach Lean Construction. Data for the study was mainly obtained from a case application of the CBT model in a B-Tech (Building Technology) programme in a polytechnic in Ghana. The data from the case study was checked against the principles of lean thinking to establish the extent to which the CBT model of training compares with the tenets of Lean Construction. Attention to customer needs, transparency, involvement and continuous improvement where some of the areas where CBT compares with lean.

Keywords

Competency-based training, lean thinking, teaching lean construction, curriculum development

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Kpamma, Z.E. , Nsia, E.A. & Agyema, S. 2014, 'How Aligned Is the Competency-Based Training Model With the Lean Philosophy?' In:, Kalsaas, B.T., Koskela, L. & Saurin, T.A., 22nd Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Oslo, Norway, 25-27 Jun 2014. pp 1233-1244

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