DIREXTRA Construction Business School

Qatar construction companies: Dirextra Construction Business School

DIREXTRA: Master Construction Sector

Dirextra is specifically oriented on the International Construction Sector, directed towards those that, after their degree or during their professional careers, intend to undertake an in depth study and qualification process of their skills and competencies and of course their talent in General Contracting for Large Works. Now the institution is working with some Qatar construction companies and has a lot to offer contractors.

The pursuit of excellence in the construction industry

Qatar is by far the most attractive job market in the MENA region, with the country currently in the midst of a large-scale construction programme.  To realise the Qatar National Vision 2030, the government has set aside billions of dollars from GDP for large-scale infrastructure projects over the next few years.  There is no question that Qatar will be a booming market of lucrative construction contracts for the foreseeable future.

However, the GCC is currently experiencing some supply constraints in delivering projects and these issues will become increasingly more acute. Market capacity is dropping behind levels of demand primarily because of financial constraints and adequately skilled people. There are also delays in the client decision-making process that is leading to projects falling behind scheduled time frames and raising costs. Indeed, what has happened with the Sidra Hospital Project – change of contractor, is a high profile example emphasising some of the many pressures facing those working in the construction industry.

In this Qatar Construction Review Special Report, we highlight what contracting companies can do in the pursuit of excellence in the construction industry, in Qatar, through professional training.

The shortages of qualified staff in the whole region have been well documented.  The favoured model for many contract awards in Qatar has been for joint partnerships between local companies and international contractors.  With this in mind and with the aim of delivering excellence, the training of staff should be of paramount importance to construction companies in Qatar. Local contractors and their international counterparts should be actively investing in training to address this issue now and for the future.

Construction industry expertise in managing projects through their whole life cycle from inception to completion encompasses a range of different managerial skills. To discuss why these skills are so important and the implications for contractors, we caught up with Carmen Andre from the Dirextra Construction Business School.

 

 QCR: What advantages are there for the joint partnerships in Qatar in professional training with Dirextra?

CA: The construction sector in Qatar is now booming and needs excellent engineers and professional experts in construction.

Dirextra historically operates in advanced construction training organizing Master’s and Mini Master’s Programs at the highest levels in the industry internationally. 

“Excellent training and know-how specific for Construction Sector”, this formula was consolidated by Dirextra to offer new opportunities to future generations.

Dirextra is specifically oriented in the International Construction Sector, directed towards those that, after their degree or during their professional careers, intend to undertake an in-depth study and qualification process of their skills and competencies and of course their talent in General Contracting for Large Works so this can match exactly with Qatari Construction Companies looking for a high qualified professional in Construction.

How successful have those who have undertaken your programmes been?

CA: Engineers, Architects and Lawyers who decide to kick start their career with a Masters Degree in Construction from Dirextra take the opportunities to shape their career, which unmatched anywhere else.  We are leaders in the field of Construction Business and Engineering Education; top-ranked for our Master’s Program in Construction.

Dirextra is the sole provider for the placement of professional figures who are highly qualified within Construction companies who sponsor our Master’s Program through the Business Master’s Program for the Construction Sector.

The majority of our alumni hold managerial positions and leadership within General Contractor Construction Companies sponsoring Dirextra’s Master Program all around the world. 

We are proud because a lot of our students had a really great and quick career in construction through us.

Who are some of the contractors you have worked with?

CA: Some of Contractors who have worked with us over many years are:  Salini Construttori, Impregilo, Todini Costruzioni, Ghella, Rizzani De Eccher, Codest International, Rina Industry, Saipem. We have just had a Qatari Company among our sponsors – Medgulf Construction.

How have you assessed the requirements of the Qatari construction industry in terms of training?

CA: We believe that the construction market in Qatar requires project managers with expertise in managing complex construction projects and able to handle problems of increasing complexity to achieve successful performance in terms of time, cost-control and content. They should also be able to respect rigid constraints and to be attentive to the critical and crucial construction industry. 

These experts will need to have knowledge of the planning techniques , cost control and risk management for the identification, assessment and prioritization of risks.

What are the top 3 areas of skills shortages contractors must avoid for timely completion of successful projects?

CA: Contractors must avoid entrusting work to non-experts in the following 3 areas: Planning, Cost control and Risk Management.

Dirextra delivers excellent professional training for the construction industry, specialising in the International Construction Sector, directed towards those that, after their degree or during their professional careers, intend to undertake an in depth study and qualification process of their skills and competencies and of course their talent in General Contracting for Large Works.

For more information on their advanced training and legal advising in the following sectors: public works tendering, services and procurement, assisting General Contractors and contracting authorities in the phases for tendering, contract execution and litigation from both a technical and legal standpoint pleas email Carmen Andrecarmen.andre@dirextra.com.

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