Part-time study at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has allowed one student to accelerate his career progression within the construction industry.
Matthew Fletcher graduated with a 2.1 from the BSc (Hons) Construction Project Management course in 2015. He combined his studies with his role at Rider Levett Bucknall in Manchester, where he now works as a project manager.
The 28-year-old found the part-time route offered a number of benefits. He was supported financially by his company and he also received advice from his colleagues whilst studying. More importantly, it set Matthew on course to achieve his ultimate goal of Chartered status.
He said: “Studying part-time was a major benefit to me as it allowed me to practice the knowledge I learnt on the course and build up my industry experience. The delivery made the work more manageable alongside my other commitments and I also met other construction professionals, which has allowed me to build a contact base for future work and business development opportunities.
“The course also provided me with the perfect opportunity to gain Chartered status. It is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building and offers membership to anyone completing the course, which is the first step towards becoming Chartered. As I have been able to work alongside studying, I am already in a position to start applying for Chartered status.”
In his current role Matthew is responsible for building and maintaining client relationships as well as ensuring that any projects he is in charge of are successfully delivered on time and on budget. Having studied a range of practical modules during his time at UCLan, it’s a role he felt well prepared for upon graduating.
“The modules I studied provided an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of project delivery within the industry. There were a number of real life project scenarios which were particularly useful. I was required to work both individually and as part of a team to find a solution to a complex project brief, similar to what would be required when working for real clients.”
With his degree complete and the route to Chartered status begun, Matthew would recommend UCLan’s part-time offering to others working in the construction industry.
He added: “I thoroughly enjoyed the course. The campus has state-of-the-art facilities available seven days a week, which accompanies detailed course material and there is also a wide range of support services available. Staff have in-depth knowledge of the construction industry and the modules which they are teaching, and are very approachable and willing to offer support and guidance to students.”