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Trend Controls has responded to the shocking government statistics which stated that the number of young people not in education, employment or training has risen to a record high of 1.16m. Trend believes that the technically minded in this group (more commonly referred to as NEETs) should be looking to develop specialist skills by joining the fast growing building controls engineering sector.
Building control systems such as BEMS are increasingly being demanded by organisations seeking greater visibility and control of their energy use.
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Phil Prosser, Learning and Development Manager for Trend Controls believes that young people with technical interests and abilities should investigate this industry. He commented: “The fact that 21% of 18-24 year olds are classed as NEETs is an awful statistic. However, some sectors are thriving and there are significant opportunities in the
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building controls sector for the right people with the right attitude.” Trend has led from the front on this particular issue with its Attitude Advanced Apprenticeship scheme – a vocational learning programme where a person is employed and also participates in a structured learning programme.
As part of the Attitude Advanced Apprenticeship scheme, and in conjunction with Apprenticeship Training, Trend is delivering the only nationally recognised award specifically designed for those wishing to embark on a career in BEMS design, installation and commissioning.
The Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Installing Building Energy Management Systems is awarded by EAL and endorsed by SummitSkills – the sector skills council for the building services engineering industry. The course is made up of 18 knowledge and performance units and has 854 guided
City skills fund is a welcome boost
CITB-ConstructionSkills has welcomed the announcement by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills that £4.5 million is to be made available to boost adult skills in England’s major cities. However, the Skills body warns that industry involvement in funding allocation discussions is critical to the success of the scheme.
Responding to the announcement the Sector Skills Council and Industry’s Training Board’s Chief Executive Mark Farrar said: “I’m delighted that the Government has designated this funding to improving adult skills. This demonstrates a real commitment to the skills agenda, at a time when budgets are still quite stretched, and sends a clear message about its importance more widely.” Mark went on to say: “While I’m encouraged by the collaborative approach
on decisions around funding allocation, it’s vital that the Local Enterprise Partnerships work not only with training providers but also with industry to ensure that business needs are being met. We have been working very closely with LEPs around the country and sharing our industry market intelligence with them to help develop carefully targeted and tailored skills agendas which are demand driven.”
Mark continued: “It’s crucial that any funding which is made available is put to the best possible use and allocated to training that will not meet a dead end. It’s not just about skills; it’s about developing the right skills locally and nationally to boost productivity and growth.”
The Government is also encouraging cities to develop hubs which will help small businesses to take on apprentices. Mr Farrar added: “For many SMEs in construction it’s been difficult to commit to taking on an apprentice, despite a desire to. We have also been working across various initiatives to try and support smaller contractors who are interested in taking on apprentices.
“During National Apprenticeship Week we held a number of meetings and events around the country to let more employers know about the funding and support available to them. We welcome any initiative that can help smaller employers to support apprenticeships and be in a position to benefit from taking on an apprentice to grow their business.”
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learning hours. All 18 units must be completed to achieve the 125 credits needed to gain the BEMS Diploma.
Phil concluded: “I firmly believe that there is a huge amount of talent out there and the fact that there is now a nationally recognised qualification available makes building controls a very attractive proposition for anyone with a serious desire to develop a career in a thriving sector.”
INSIDE THIS MONTH:
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Jeff House of Baxi Commercial Division
comments on the prefabricated options now available to meet space and water heating demand
in smaller commercial applications.
Building in energy efficiency Page 27
Nick Wellington of Navetas Energy Management explains how the building services sector can find the most effective methods for
improving energy efficiency.
The protective role of the UPS Page 28
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