Recognizing and promoting the value of youth
If you look around the construction industry, you’ll see that software used in the field for years is still being used in schools. However, testing new approaches already with the younger generation, and thus bringing them into practice, only takes place to a limited extent.
In fact, the exact opposite is the case. The youngsters are first confronted with standard methods and processes when they start their careers. Start-ups and companies offering innovative solutions should focus more on cooperation with schools and universities. Construction companies need to give them more room to test and introduce new methods.
In my current role, as a teacher of construction operations and management at the Camillo Sitte Bautechnikum in Vienna, it is a personal concern of mine to introduce students to the latest ideas from start-ups and innovative companies at an early age. I am sure that anyone who learns how to use new tools and solutions while still at school will later be able to use them on the construction site and perhaps develop them further.
In the long run, I hope that this will increase the interest of young people to work in the construction industry as aspiring technicians and that they will bring the right drive to tackle the big problems of our time.
Prof. Dipl.Ing. Jörg Westreicher, BSc