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Construction Lecturer Spotlight: Qutaiba Abessalam
West London IoT has the best lecturers around, who have the industry knowledge and experience to ensure you gain the skills needed by employers. Construction lecturers will be teaching full-time and part-time HNC and HND courses that are designed in partnership with our employer partners and Brunel University London.  
We have interviewed construction lecturer Qutaiba Abessalam, so you can find out a bit more about who may be teaching you. 
 
Fellow Higher Education Academy, Courses Leader, Lecturer, and Researcher in HND Construction and the Built Environment, Structural Engineering and Design, Construction Materials, and Mathematics with 13 years’ experience at the University of East London, HE and FE colleges. 

How long have you been teaching? 

"I have been teaching for over 13 years since 2007 when I started at University of East London (UEL)." 

What courses do you teach? 

"I am a Course Team Leader and a lecturer in Construction and Built Environment within West London Institute of Technology. 
 
I love to teach in Level 4 and 5: 
 
Unit 1: Individual Project (Pearson-set) 
 
Unit 2: Construction Technology 
 
Unit 3: Science & Materials 
 
Unit 4: Construction Practice & Management 
 
Unit 6: Construction Information (Drawing, Detailing, Specification) 
 
Unit 8: Mathematics for Construction 
 
Unit 20: Principles of Structural Design 
 
Unit 22: Group Project (Pearson-set)" 

What is your previous industry experience? 

"Before 2007, I had over 10 years’ experience in engineering and since then I now find myself teaching in HE and FE including being a CTL in Engineering and in Construction and the Built Environment." 

What do you enjoy about teaching your courses? 

"Teaching in general, keeping my brain young and allowing myself to continue my journey as a lifelong learner. This allows me to pass my knowledge and experience onto a new generation of students studying Construction and the Built Environment." 
Construction & The Built Environment Students
Construction & The Built Environment Students

What piece of advice do you have for students looking to get into a career in construction? 

"From my experience with hundreds of Construction and the Built Environment’s students, I will say that, as soon as you have enrolled on the course to study and take it as a career, start looking for an apprenticeship. The apprenticeship schemes will give you a chance to work (literally) towards a qualification. They help you gain the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in your chosen industry. Getting into employment earlier means there's lots of potential for you to progress in your career quickly." 

What projects can the students get stuck into? 

"Pearson-set projects are mandatory with target industry-specific skills for students to develop their careers in the construction and the built environment sector." 

What skills and experience do you expect students to have once they finish your course? 

"This course develops knowledge and skills covering the construction industry fundamentals. Students will develop vocational skills including study, research, analysis, planning and organisational skills. They will also learn to take responsibility for their own learning, the ability to be flexible and to work co-operatively with others. By the end of the course you would have gained employability skills. 
 
Cognitive and problem-solving skills: critical thinking, approaching nonroutine problems by applying expert and creative solutions, use of systems and digital technology, generating and communicating ideas creatively. 
Intra-personal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and self-development, self-analysis and reflection, planning and prioritising. 
Interpersonal skills: effective communication and articulation of information, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation. 
Commercial skills: sector awareness; sales; marketing/promotion; budget management. 
Business skills: awareness of types of companies, company formation, invoicing, calculating fees, business management." 

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