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Why Finishing School?

Learning on the job is considered the best way of professional development in building industry. Considering today’s complicated projects, employers value versatility with skills and experience. The Young Professionals in current information-savvy world come equipped with many skills and talents. But they lack in experience and exposure; not only work experience but also the exposure to implement their own ideas in practice. In building industry traditionally young professionals are given work and are expected to hone their skills and talent further over the years. They are primarily assigned production work of drawings and presentations. Seldom are they involved in the thinking process, let alone decision making of projects. Financials of projects are out of reach for these young minds! The exposure needed to gain the overall perspective and the experience received by Young Professionals leaves a considerable gap. It takes longtime, sometimes years, to attain such exposure which is so valuable and necessary at the beginning of the career. This gap needs to be addressed to develop adaptive dynamic thinkers, rather than mere work force!

 

 

Alternate Angle believes in guiding young professionals in their early years of career, so they can capitalize on their skills and talents and looking beyond design, drawings and presentations. They can contribute to their projects, employers and most importantly to their own careers with not only production output, but also their thought process. Helping them understand their responsibility as a professional will guide them to make informed decisions in their career. The changing environment – technical, legal and financial – has impacted the way business is done in building industry. To be valuable, and to add value to the industry, is a challenge for current and upcoming professionals. Alternate Angle believes in sharing its experience in the building industry with Young Professionals and guide them as they are ready to take the next leap in their careers.

Finishing School Program (FSP)

Academy’s Finishing School Program has training programs for Young Professionals of building industry namely: Architects, Civil / Structural Engineers, MEP Engineers, Interior Designers and Draughtsman. As phase 1, we are launching Finishing School Program for Architects (FSP – Architects)followed by other disciplines. The vision of Finishing School is to create an inter-disciplinary, interactive and a practical training program that grooms thorough professionals for the building industry.

Architecture graduates are creative minds educated in design process, technical aspects and presentation skills during academic course work. As these fresh minds step in the professional world, the challenge is to maintain the creativity while understanding the practical, professional and financial parameters of the projects and at the same time addressing market demand and client requirements.

FSP - Architects focuses on Design Parameters & Development Regulations, Design Development, Inter-disciplinary Coordination, Industry Standards of Technical Drawings, Site Supervision and Quality Control Issues. The program also emphasizes on financial viability of projects, Fees proposals and scale of charges, taxation, liabilities and responsibilities of architects in profession. Professional Communication Skills, Personality Development and Career Guidance becomes integral part of the program to give a focused direction to the Young Architects.

Guided site visits of on-going projects at various construction stages are conducted by the Academy for professionals and students who wish to learn from observation and interaction about the technical procedures and detailing on site. These programs are for 1-2 days and are inclusive of on-site explanation and interaction with the team working on site and project. The participants are provided with project briefs, evolution process and design basis.
Workshops have instruction time and hand-on activities for durations ranging from one full day to two days sessions. They are very compelling and interactive sessions teamed with exercises and experiments to derive conclusions. The methods adopted are varied as per demand of the topic and which are more suited for better understanding and absorption of concepts.
Aspiring students for graduate studies face a tough challenge of choosing an appropriate field from the wide choices of programs given by universities in India and abroad. The decision making is confusing due to lack of thorough understanding of fields. The Academy provides an overview of various fields, available courses and future prospects in each field of study through these seminars. The participants are guided enough so they can make an informed decision as per their interest and temperament.
Fresh graduates often get projects from family and friends network. Although proficient in design and drawings, the young professionals are deprived of guidance related to information such as fee structure, approval process, cost estimation, vendor / contractor selection, tendering and even current practices in Architecture and Construction. The Academy, with its intent to promote best practices, shall provide project-based assistance for these young professionals. The aim is to build confidence of budding architects and simultaneously make them aware of the responsibilities and liabilities in architectural practice.

Who can enrol for Finishing School Program for Architects (FSP-Architects)?

Fresh graduates and Young Professionals with B-Arch or equivalent degree in Architecture studies from 2018 graduation year and graduates of earlier batches.

Does the Program guarantee a job after training?

Academy will provide job assistance by conduct job fairs at the end of the program giving opportunity to the participants to interview with various firms and organizations for job opportunities. The program will also include personal resume and portfolio preparation assistance along with interview preparation, which will make the participants ready for job market.

What is the duration of the training?

The duration of the course is 4 months for full – time program.

What will I get at the end of program?

All participants will be awarded course completion certificate after successful completion of program. The participants will also get work experience certificate for program duration.

Location of the program

The main centre for training will be at Kandivali West in Mumbai. The area is well connected via various modes of public transportation i.e. local trains, local bus network, auto rickshaws etc.

What is the infrastructure and amenities available to the participants?

The participants will be seated in a comfortable office environment and will be allocated an individual work stationand computer preloaded with necessary software.

What are the program timings?

Participants are trained in office environment and will follow timings as per industry standards for professional offices. The timings will be from 9:30am to 6:30pm including 1-hour lunch break.

Weekly Offs and Holidays

Program will remain closed on all Sundays, 2nd, 4th Saturdays of the month as weekly offs. It will also remain close on major national holidays or festivals. The calendar of holidays will be released to participants at the beginning of the program.

Leaves

Since it is a short duration course, we discourage participants from missing any of the program days. In case of unforeseen circumstances participant has to submit a written request and it will be upto management discretion to decide on course of action. In case of illness, doctors certificate will be mandatory for missing program for more than 2 consecutive days.

Dress Code for the program

The participants are expected to maintain formal office decorum in their behaviour and dressing. The dress code will be office formals on week days and business casuals on Fridays and working Saturdays.

What is the process for admission?

The applications will open on 1st May 2018. The applicant is expected to fill application form in full which will contain writeup forpersonality assessmentand career aspirations. The same will be used for screening of applicants. Post screening, individuals will be contacted for scheduling of interviews which will be conducted at Mumbai in last week of May and first week of June. Selection of the candidates will be post interview process. Admission confirmation will be post payment of fees. The process of admissions will close by mid-June. The program begins on 2nd July 2018. For exact dates, application forms and more updates please visit our website regularly.

Documents required for Admission

A fully filled application form along with photograph, copy of degree certificates any other academic or relevant certificates, personal identity and address proof is a must. Other list of documents will be mentioned in the application form. For individuals graduating in June 2018, copy of college ID is required.

Are the fees refundable or transferable?

The fees once paid is non-refundable and non-transferable as the participants are admitted post screening. However, in case of any unforeseen circumstances, the period of training for the participant can be deferred to the next batch. The final decision is at the discretion of management.

What are additional expenditures during the program?

Food, accommodation, stationary and transportation to be taken care by each individual for the duration of the course. The program will consist of site visits to construction sites of projects. The transportation, food, accommodation will be charged at actuals depending on the location and duration. Site visits will be arranged mostly around Mumbai or in Maharashtra accessible by Indian Railways or buses.

Residential or stay options for participantsfrom outside Mumbai

There are many affordable residential options around program location. Kandivali West, Mumbai is well established residential communitywith easy access to markets, health care, eateries and home cooked food providers.

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