Our New Zealand Diploma in Construction students have been learning what it’s like to work alongside others with different skill sets in an industry environment.
The Applied Project Management class spent a session acting as a construction team, with each student assigned a role such as builder, carpenter, painter, roofer, plumber or tiler.
They then worked to produce a communication plan using the Last Planner System.
The Last Planner System is used by construction companies to improve productivity by mapping out decisions collaboratively.
Construction Lecturer LipWah Ho said giving students an introduction to the system meant they’d be ready to participate in the workforce and know what was expected.
He said the exercise taught students about teamwork and collaborating between the trades.
It encouraged them to think about constraints and obstacles, forward planning, communication, and attention to detail.
“It was my first time trying this out with the students. It was fun and interesting and they enjoyed the learning.”