THE TRAINING AND EDUCATION OF BUILDING SERVICES PROFESSIONALS IN THE NIGERIAN CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
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Challenges’ currently facing the construction industry is skill mismatch. Shortage of professionals in the building services subsector have led to the influx of inadequately trained persons. One of the major problems the society is facing today is the issue of homes, schools and offices having a poor indoor environmental quality. This leads to ill-health, learning difficulties and poor productivity often reported by occupants. Human beings spend about 70-80% of their time indoors this implies the need for a healthy indoor environment. This study aims to understand the training provisions of building services professionals in Nigeria. Mixed method research approach will be employed. The case study will in part, comparatively evaluate the Nigerian and UK building services curricula by collecting information on the curricula in use, semi-structured interviews with professionals to gain an understanding based on their experience and questionnaires to identify relationships and trends in training provisions. A framework for educating and training of building services professionals will be proposed to improve the performance and efficiency of the built environment. The study is part of an ongoing PhD programme aimed at finding solutions to the industry’s Building services problems in Nigeria and presented at this stage in theory prior to data collection.
Building services, Curriculum, Education, Professionals, Training
Kukoyi, P.O. (2014). The training and education of Building services professionals in the Nigerian construction industry. In S. Ogunlana, G. Idoro, M. Dada, A. Iweka,V. Ilechukwu &W. Alade (Eds), Proceedings of the CIBW107 2014 International conference, Lagos Nigeria. pp 680-685, 28th -30th January.