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ED Message - The ASAQS promise: investing in your skills, the future, and the QS profession

Friday, 06 April 2018  
Posted by: Bert vd Heever
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06th April 2018

 

Dear members,

 

It seems as if everyone I speak to experienced the first quarter of this year at breakneck speed. One of the best ways to gain a sense of control during a time like this is to keep the focus on the core purpose of everything you’re involved in.

 

The core purpose of the ASAQS is to be an education, resource and knowledge sharingLarry Feinberg association. It also acts as steward of the Cost, Financial & Contractual aspects of the Building and Construction environment, advocating for the livelihood and business interests of the Quantity Surveying Profession, and in doing so, contributing to the socio-economic future of South Africa.

 

This vision guides our Key Strategic Objectives, our activities, and our priorities.

 

Investing in your skills

 

The ASAQS has invested in a variety of upgrades to the EduTech training centre and the renovations are now almost complete. Located at the ASAQS head office in Midrand, the bespoke facilities lend itself towards the type of higher education, knowledge sharing and training that has become a crucial backbone of the built environment.

 

The facilities can accommodate a maximum of 45 people and it’s important for our members to know that it is as much their facility as ours. Members can book the facility for CDP training, workshops, a board meeting, or a function. Not only does the training centre come with state-of-the-art facilities, but it’s backed with the support structure of catering, presenters, and all of the smaller details that go into executing a successful event.

 ASAQS Training Centre

The cost of hiring the venue is reduced for members, so I hope that many of you will use the space and make it a part of your own business and marketing strategies. For more information about the training centre or to book it for your next event, please contact events@asaqs.co.za.

 

The upgraded EduTech training centre supports our Key Strategic Objective of establishing knowledge sharing facilities, but it’s only one of the many initiatives that we are proactively driving. The ASAQS is also upgrading its entire repository of knowledge in a few key ways, such as upgrading technical documentation into the latest formats before releasing these documents back into the profession. We’re also creating a platform where changes to technical documentation can be highlighted and discussed, and we’re investing in upcoming national roadshows so that members wherever they may reside in South Africa will have the same access to cutting-edge thinking as those living in major economic centres.

 

Investing in the future

 

The ASAQS is also reinvigorating the student chapters in all major universities and Technikons.

 

A student is only a student for a limited amount of time and we are now tapping into tertiary education facilities at the right levels and in the right ways to make sure that students know the ASAQS is committed and invested in their future and – by extension –  the future of the industry as a whole.

 

I’m excited and proud about the support structures that we are setting up across South Africa. I truly believe that these structures will help students grow, develop and evolve professionally.

 

Investing in the QS profession

 

The first quarter of 2018 has also seen the ASAQS meet and interact with several industry bodies, including the National Treasury, and senior members of the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission on the SIPDM (Standard for Infrastructure Procurement and Delivery Management) document. We are diligently moving forward with our PR campaign and ensuring that the profession is represented in as many sectors and in as many projects as possible.

 

The investment and revitalisation that has been put into the organisation will continue to produce greater returns for more of our stakeholders. We’re consistently producing value for members and focused on how we can continue to ensure our members as well as our profession get the value, support and technical expertise that they need to thrive in an ever more challenging and competitive environment.

 

If you have any feedback or suggestions, please contact communications@asaqs.co.za

 


Larry Feinberg
Executive Director - ASAQS
Association of South African Quantity Surveyors
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