Towards Developing an Industry Led Educational Framework Using Lean Approach

May Bassanino1, Jason Underwood2, Tom Allen3, Farzad Khosrowshahi4 & Eric Stokes5

1Researcher, School of the Built Environment, University of Salford; UK, T +44 161 2956563; m.n.bassanino@salford.ac.uk
2Lecturer, School of the Built Environment, University of Salford; UK, T +44 161 2956290; j.underwood@salford.ac.uk
3Manager, Information, Comms and Media Division, Mott MacDonald, Brighton; UK T +44 1273 365029; Tom.Allen@mottmac.com
4Professor, School of the Built Environment, University of Salford; UK, T +44 1612956297; f.khosrowshahi@salford.ac.uk
5Lecturer, School of the Built Environment, University of Salford; UK, T +44 161 2952168; e.stokes@salford.ac.uk

Abstract

The poor performance and inefficient manner in which the construction industry operates has been recognised through a variety of combined government and industry initiatives over the years. A major challenge towards improvement is recognised as lying with education and industry stakeholders actively creating closer and more effective relationships to facilitate a greater mutual understanding. The application of Information Technology (IT) systems can well enhance ‘Lean’ initiatives through improving process flow, reduction of the non-added value activities, better meet customers’ requirements and adding value which will increase the performance of the industry. This paper presents a project that is focused on developing an industry led framework for educational training programmes. The outcomes of two workshops organised with the industry that have resulted in a Continued Professional Development (CPD) training framework comprising of three distinct levels in terms of strategic, operational and technology aspects of that particular key area are discussed. The essence of this work is based on adopting the ‘Lean’ approach and adding value by identifying the IT skills gaps recognised ‘by the industry’ ‘for the industry’ and addressing them in developing training programmes.

Keywords

educational training programme, lean approach, strategic operational technical focus, people process technology environment areas

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Bassanino, M. , Underwood, J. , Allen, T. , Khosrowshahi, F. & Stokes, E. 2008, 'Towards Developing an Industry Led Educational Framework Using Lean Approach' In:, Tzortzopoulos, P. & Kagioglou, M., 16th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Manchester, UK, 16-18 Jul 2008. pp 281-286

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