University and construction school join forces to build on education

Posted on 15th May 2013

The University of Chester has teamed up with a family-run Chester business to deliver new professional qualifications in construction.

Dr Jon Talbot (centre) from the University of Chester’s Centre for Work Related Studies with Tim and Wally Vick of Premier School of Building.
Dr Jon Talbot (centre) from the University of Chester’s Centre for Work Related Studies with Tim and Wally Vick of Premier School of Building.

The institution’s Centre for Work Related Studieshas joined forces with Premier School of Building (PSB), to co-deliver Professional Certificates in Higher Education in Building Technology, Architectural Technology, and Introduction to Quantity Surveying.

The partnership will allow those working in the construction industry to ‘learn through work’ and the qualifications will be taught using supported online distance learning, letting them study in their own time, whenever they can and wherever they are.

The courses have been developed by PSB’s Principal Wally Vick, a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors with more than 15 years’ lecturing experience, and comprise three modules which are fully accredited by the University.

Lecturer Dr Jon Talbot: “The Chester Centre for Work Related Studies specialises in opportunities for busy practitioners in work, who want relevant learning and impact in their workplace.

“We are delighted to be able to add PSB to our ever-growing network of training providers. It is great that we can give support a local business and provide university accreditation for the company’s learning provision.

“As a result of the accreditation, each certificate is recognised internationally as a qualification in its own right and can be integrated into other university programmes as accredited prior learning, should a student wish to take their to foundation or degree level.”

Wally Vick added: “At PSB our primary market has always been towards the adult learner looking for courses to improve skills in the workplace but without accreditation. Now, thanks to this partnership, we can offer the best of both – practical courses, with the option of an accredited version through co-delivery with the University of Chester.”

An online support system for the course has been devised by Wally’s son Tim, a former University of Chester student, who has created a virtual learning environment.

He explained: “With the access that students now have to the University’s full online library, our distance learners are no longer limited to the resources they can order through their local library and can complement PSB’s learning material with thousands of searchable books and journals. They can also contact their named personal tutor for one to one support.

“With the virtual learning environment it’s like having campus-based learning resources available through your computer anywhere in the world.”

To find out more about the course, contact Wally Vick on 01244 311609.