Building foundations for the next generation 

November 1, 2017

NBS has teamed up with Teesside University to provide its specification software to future construction professionals

Dedicated to inspiring the next generation of built environment professionals, NBS has announced that Teesside University will benefit from its biggest effort to date in providing free licenses to its globally used specification software for educational use.

NBS – a global provider of technical information, specification and Building Information Modelling (BIM) tools to construction industry professionals – is passionate about providing experiences and roles for the next generation and sees this latest offering as a huge step forward in helping prepare students for the real world.

NBS chief operating officer, Helen Whitfield was inspired by the approach that Professor Jane Turner OBE Pro Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise and Business Engagement) at Teesside University was taking by launching a suite of ground-breaking new courses in partnership with renowned and respected TV architect George Clarke, through his Ministry of Building Innovation and Education (MOBIE) initiative.

Helen says: “It was a must to work with Jane, her can-do attitude is infectious. NBS wanted to support this initiative to bring real life applications into an education environment.”

The softwareNBS Create will help give the students an understanding of the importance of specifications and integrated project information on construction projects.

Built into the final year of the university’s Engineering Degree, students will be able to experience NBS Create, the specification software product built by NBS that is an essential for all BIM led projects.

NBS director of research and innovation, Stephen Hamil, reflects: “For students studying any built environment-connected degree, it’s hugely important that they can get close to an experience of what they will come to face in their future careers, and by providing this license to students at Teesside University we are one step closer to helping achieve this.”

NBS has focused for the last 12 months on connecting to other educational establishments as part of a programme of nurturing and supporting young people from across the region, to reach their potential and to see the opportunities in the built environment.

Benfield School and Trinity Academy were two schools that have recently benefited from this programme, where students were given time to sit and talk to a variety of people within NBS, asking questions about their various roles and the paths that led them to their career.

NBS was also announced as one of the latest sponsors on the PlanBEE programme, with its first cohort of students starting in the business back in September. The new North East Futures UTC College opening in September 2018 is another development that NBS is excited about.

Helen continues: “The success of NBS is down to talented colleagues, many of whom have grown and developed within the business. We want to make sure we are part of shaping the future and creating the best opportunities for the next generation.

“Being involved in innovative initiatives like the PlanBEE programme, which is providing non-traditional routes into work, is fantastic and is giving students the wider experiences they need to prepare them for the world of work.

“When NBS takes on apprentices and graduates, we create a role for them in order to develop and retain them. We have many colleagues who started out as apprentices, who are now part of our senior team, leading their own department and contributing to the future direction of the business.

“NBS is committed to creating exciting roles and interesting careers, so if you’re willing to work hard and you want to shape a successful career for yourself, we can give you that opportunity and help you.”


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