Longterm training program

Training program

Long-term training program with Thannal

Types of program
1. 6 month/ 1year program -For the candidate is studying in a college
2. 2 year program – For the graduated candidate

Vacancies Available currently – Three. We look forward to giving preference in one position for architects, one for civil engineer for specific demands in research for the long-term training program which may be 6 months/ 1 year or 2 year program. The remaining one position is open for applicants from any other field.

Instead of apprenticeship/internship for Architects/ engineers, We are offering long-term training programs with Thannal.

‘Long-term training’ at Thannal is for young and aspiring Natural Builders who are serious about learning Natural building methods. We look forward to people whose interests lie in understanding the principles of Thannal. While growing by learning about Natural buildings with us, we expect them to contribute their efforts to the documentation works by Thannal.

Thannal is a knowledge-sharing platform for Indian Natural Building techniques. Research and Documentation about traditional construction practices are the primary source of all knowledge found in Thannal. Being part of this program, one will be expected to work more on Documentation, of both indigenous buildings and on various projects by Thannal or by people who have learnt from Thannal and are doing natural buildings currently. Photography, Sketching and Writing skills can contribute to our documentation. This will help to widen the knowledge base at Thannal, which will eventually help more owners, artisans and professionals to pursue natural building. We believe in training people to use natural materials after getting all the know-how about a method through hands-on work. Site Visits to ongoing projects can facilitate this, which is a part of the curriculum here. This also opens the door to interaction with different contexts in executing vernacular techniques. We also encourage learning practical solutions with our founders and artisans, which are native to a place, through our site visits or works on our campus.

As the major focus of Thannal is creating awareness and new opportunities for learning among the common people, preference is for candidates who can dedicate 2 years for documentation. It will not be a full-time hands-on working on-site program, as much of the work will happen digitally. We are not a construction group or an architectural firm which do numerous construction projects in a year. People looking for a full-time hands-on learning can attend any of our upcoming workshops, online courses and explore volunteering with any owner’s build project.

Scope of Work

  1. Documentation of construction methods.
  2. Composing and publishing of articles, videos and books.
  3. Handling communications and Social Media accounts.
  4. Assisting in conducting a hands-on workshop on the campus.
  5. Assisting in execution of any Natural building works on campus and Thannal projects.
  6. Going on-site visits and assisting in executing works in other sites in the second year of apprenticeship.
  7. Enthusiastic about exploring the basics of Natural building materials by additional studying by yourself and indulging in hands-on work.
  8. Exploring at least one traditional construction technique by themselves, documenting and publishing it through Thannal.com during the second year of training.

What after this training program?
After the initial phase of 2 years of learning about Natural Buildings with Thannal, trainees will have an option to work on any documentation or construction project as a coordinator, or explore their own path as a natural builder. We generally take projects (one or two at a time) in rural areas and believes in investing our time more in villages than cities. We avoid working for people with a consumerist lifestyle and prefer to contribute our services for the people in need, not in greed. Working in such scenarios can offer a wide range of opportunities to learn about the fundamentals of Natural Living. By the end of 2 years, you may not be a proficient natural builder in all aspect, but your efforts would have helped many start their own journey in Natural Building. By working with Thannal and being experiencing various cases of owners, professionals and artisans building natural homes around India, it will be easier to continue your journey of becoming a natural builder, with the community of Thannalites.

Slow learning with Thannal core team
As learning about natural buildings is a slow process, we require people who are patient with the schedule here. We work with like-minded people in Natural Living and Materials, which contributes to learning from everyone who is involved with Thannal. The founders of Thannal prefer working with a small team of 5-6 members at a time. It gives a trainee get a chance to work closely with the founders and the core team. It can help in understanding the values followed by Thannal in working with Natural buildings, which can help to shape your perspective for future in Natural buildings.

Thannal also plans to expand in many more mediums like Literature, Music and film to spread the message of Natural Living, where we need enthusiastic people who are willing to get their hands on aspects beyond architecture.

We believe in studying and experimenting with materials in their natural form, and then using it strictly avoiding hybridisation with cement and other manufactured materials.

Tuition fee: The total tuition fee for a long-term training program is INR 70,000/- for two years.

Applicants who are currently pursuing their education in any college and wish to be part of the training for minimum duration of 6 months or 1 year can also apply for this program. Tuition fee for 6-months or 1 year training program is INR 50,000/-.

For applicants who have already attended a 10-day workshop (worth INR 25,500/-) or who have purchased lifetime access to Back Home online video tutorials (worth INR 24,999/-), respective deductions in the tuition fee will be provided. Candidates who are selected for the training program and pays the above-mentioned tuition fees will get to attend a 10-day workshop (worth INR 25,500/-) and lifetime access to Back Home online tutorial video series (worth INR 24,999/-).

Candidates who need scholarship for long-term training can write to us citing reasons and providing essential documents.

Terms & Conditions

  1. It is a full-time intensive program for two years.
  2. It is open for youngsters 21-27 from all background, who are enthusiastic to learn about natural buildings.
  3. Architects or civil engineers applying for this program needs to sign a bond with Thannal for 2 years and need to submit their degree certificate.
  4. Tuition fee needs to be paid as a one-time payment. No refunds will be available, if at all, a candidate discontinues the program in between.
  5. Accommodation and travel to and from site needs to be taken care by the apprentice themselves. As Thannal is located in a village, having a bicycle or a bike can be beneficial, as buses are not frequent here.

How to apply?

Step 1: If you have not bought the online video tutorial series, buy the lifetime access to ‘Long-Term Training Program’ (worth INR 24,999/-) through the following link-https://course.thannal.com/student/center/store/detail?id=16815
If a candidate is selected for the long-term training program, the fee paid for the online tutorial videos will be deducted from the total tuition fee.

Step 2: Watch all the videos, fill the form included in the video bundle titled – ‘Long-term training program’.

Step 3:
Based on the videos you have watched, attempt the test.  The selection will not be on the basis of the score of the test, but on various other factors. There will be an interview for the short-listed candidates. Short-listed candidates for the training program will be notified through emails.

Why is it mandatory to buy the online video series?

The long-term training is for people who are very serious about learning Natural Building. The online video series are published by Thannal so that it becomes a medium for learning about construction methods. It will provide learning material for the candidates about natural building. It can provide a base for the training with us. 

However, if a candidate is not selected for the long-term training program, it is also possible to learn from the videos about natural building.

Tentative Joining – December 2021 or January 2022.

Natural Building Long Term Training Faq

We are open to everyone who is enthusiastic about building the natural way. Formal education isn’t needed to work with us. College drop-outs, Designers from any field, artists, writers, architects, civil engineers are all welcome. Preference will be given to candidates who have learnt through our workshop or online video tutorials.

Your full presence of mind, body and soul is essential. A will to learn, explore and experiment with keen observation and an eye for detail are the prerequisites to be a part of our team.

Kindly buy the course through this link - https://course.thannal.com/student/center/store/detail?id=16815 (lifetime access, worth INR 24,999/-) and see all the videos completely. Next step, start the application process through ‘Apply for Longterm training program' bundle of videos. Follow these steps - fill the application form, see the course material and attempt the test. Kindly wait for 2-3 weeks after this step, we will be getting back to the short-listed candidates.

Sure, you could share your experiences with us. If not, then we will help you make some.

Every person has their own pace of understanding, which is a beautiful human quality. Spending at least two years with us is an ideal duration to understand the working of a natural building. The time period is crucial as it can provide a chance for in-depth learning. You will be growing slowly in natural building, learning from your mistakes. Two years is also an ideal time for being part of initiatives at Thannal and experience them from start till completion.

But in particular cases where the candidate is studying in a college, the training period may vary. 6 months or 1 year as per the college curriculum.

We do not believe that a portfolio or an interview is enough to understand someone, but will be having an interview in person, so that Thannal founders can get to know you. And working with Thannal is not in any way like the conventional working system. We work together as a team, respecting everyone’s space and opinions.

Learning is a slow process and patience is what we are looking for. We would love to have someone who will readily involve with the work on-site, and simultaneously document the ongoing works. But most important of all is a good sense of humour.

Please go to the vacancy page to know more about vacancies available for the training program.

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