ROC van Twente trains the construction people of the future in Rijssen

The construction industry is changing rapidly, with increasing emphasis on sustainability and circularity. The demands on personnel are also evolving, with a growing need for skilled workers knowledgeable in both construction and installation technology. ROC van Twente is addressing this need by training future builders through their Smart Building Middle Management programme.

Smart Building refers to designing buildings that are sustainable and energy-efficient. Creating such buildings requires a new approach to thinking and construction. Recognising this, ROC van Twente launched the Smart Building Middle Management programme two years ago. This course is offered at the Kampus in Rijssen, an innovative centre where students, teachers, and trainees from various companies interact. "We chose to launch this course in Rijssen intentionally," says Rob Postma, education manager at ROC van Twente. "This unique course needed a unique location, and what better place than Rijssen, the construction city of the region?"

Market Demand

Rob is joined by Bart Sportel, a Smart Building teacher who has been closely involved in developing the course. "There’s increasing demand from the market for builders who also understand installation technology," Bart explains. "At ROC van Twente, we responded to this demand by creating this new course, which combines construction, electrical engineering, and installation technology in one programme." Rob adds, "The students we train as Smart Building middle managers generally don’t work directly on construction sites. Instead, they are prepared for roles such as project planning, 3D modelling, project management, and construction supervisor. They act as a crucial link between different disciplines in construction, ensuring better coordination of their tasks. They are like a spider in a web, connecting smart devices, sustainable building methods, and installations."

Sustainability and Circularity

Reducing waste is one of the sustainable features of the course, which also focuses heavily on circularity. Rob explains, "We introduce our students to the reuse of materials and bio-based materials. We also explore the application of smart technology (home automation) in buildings and various construction forms. Traditional construction courses differentiate between terraced houses, detached houses, villas, and industrial buildings. But we also work with tiny houses, new housing forms that suit today’s market. By exposing our students to these, we teach them to contribute to solving tomorrow’s problems."

Making a Difference

The Smart Building Middle Management students receive a comprehensive education that includes both theoretical lessons and practical assignments. Bart notes, "The advantage of a new course is that we can design it ourselves. We place great importance on student experience and well-being. For example, we organized a project week in Tubbergen, where we built circular meeting rooms, and this spring, we took students to the Czech Republic to learn about fire safety. Such trips provide knowledge and foster group bonding. The social skills gained are valuable in their future workplaces. I find that wonderful. The knowledge of various construction disciplines and the practical experience our students gain ensure that they can make a difference in the construction industry in the future."


Date: 11 April 2024 |

Source of tekst: ROC van Twente |

Author: Willem Korenromp

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