Train the Next Generation of Wood Builders: In-Person University-Based Training Returns

By: Tai Jeong

Country Director, Canada Wood Korea

Working with various universities in South Korea, Canada Wood has conducted university-based training programs to introduce students to wood construction technology and equip them with the theory and hands-on skills needed to enter the industry. Since its inception in 2009, the program has reached over 2,000 students from 23 universities, generating growing interest amongst the next generation towards wood construction.

Since the onslaught of COVID19, Canada Wood Korea has transitioned our training programs to remote learning and, in so doing, received positive feedback on its effectiveness. Even with the current enthusiasm for online programs, it is important to recognize that some subjects simply cannot be taught online because the electronic medium does not lend itself to practical instruction.  Therefore once the Korean government lifted the restriction on group activities, we decided to return university-based training back to the in-person format.

In partnership with Gyeongsang National University (GNU), Canada Wood Korea’s first post-covid in-person training attracted 27 students from various disciplines. The two-week program, which commenced on Oct 15, was custom designed to incorporate in-class theory teaching and hands-on practice to build three full-scale wood-frame playhouses from framing to the building envelope. Safety measures were strictly followed, and proof of vaccination was required for registration.

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