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Learning on the job

Bovis has teamed up with Middlesex University to launch an interactive CD-ROM or internet based training package devised to transfer best practice and management skill across the Bovis Group. The scheme also offers employees the opportunity to gain a postgraduate qualification.

The distance learning Self Development Programme comprises 18 different modules. These cover topics such as commercial awareness, design management, project management, financial awareness and risk management.

The modules were written by Bovis subject experts from across six continents and can be studied by the company's employees based anywhere in the world at a pace decided by the student. Construction academics from Middlesex University have approved the Bovis SDP. Many of the modules can be used to count towards a postgraduate qualification such as an MBA or MSc.

Successful completion of each module is recognised by the issue of a Certificate of Academic Credit which can be transferred and used towards a post graduate qualification from universities participating in the Bovis SDP in other parts of the world, including Australia and the USA.

The programme is available on an interactive CD-ROM computer package, or the Bovis Intranet system WingSPAN. Online and telephone support is available from an academic advisor at a local contact point at one of 11 locations in Asia/Pacific, 28 across America and 32 around Europe.

The Bovis SDP was launched by Bovis Group chairman Sir Frank Lampl. He said: 'The quest for better standards is what the Bovis SDP is all about. It is my ambition to see the same standards of training and quality of service applied across the whole Bovis Group, no matter where we operate.'

Professor Michael Driscoll, Vice Chancellor of Middlesex University, said the SDP developed by Bovis and his university is a genuine first for the construction industry and higher education.

'This is a most productive partnership combining traditional academic rigour with the technology of tomorrow.

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