National Apprenticeship Week

5-11 February 2024

National Apprenticeship Week 2024

At BESA, we are passionate about the future of our industry and that is why we are fully committed to supporting National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) from February 5 to 11. The theme for the 17th NAW is ‘Skills for Life’ as the week-long celebration of apprenticeships looks to raise awareness and engagement across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The aim is to encourage everyone to consider how apprenticeships can help individuals develop the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career, and employers to develop a workforce with future ready skills.

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The Benefits For Your Business

Hiring an apprentice is a productive and effective way to grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

  • 86% of employers said apprenticeships helped them develop skills relevant to their organisation
  • 78% of employers said apprenticeships helped them improve productivity
  • 74% of employers said apprenticeships helped them improve the quality of their product or service

Importance Of Apprenticeship Programmes

  • Our industry has an ageing workforce: the number of employees above 60 is increasing more than any other age group and the biggest reduction is in the total of workers under 30.

  • According to the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) ‘this will have a serious effect on the industry, as essential skills will be lost when employees retire.

  • This is exacerbated by the fact that the number of new recruits is declining and there will be nobody available to replace those retiring.’ Apprenticeships have a vital role to play in helping close the building services skills gap and we all have a role to play to support our industry and the future skills we desperately need.

Additional Benefits For Your Business


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One of the UK's leading M&E engineering companies, SES Engineering Services (SES) are a leading light for apprenticeships. They currently have 98, ranging from Level 3 to Level 7 and have already pledged to add to that number later in the year:

"SES recognise that people are the lifeline of our industry and with industry growth must come more investment in the future workforce.

Employing apprentices helps us to develop skills relevant to our organisation, helps us grow our own future talent pipeline and ensures we have a skilled and qualified workforce.

We recommend anyone working within the built environment to take on apprentices! It’s so important that we ensure young people coming into our industry are receiving the correct training that aligns with the business, also helping create our future leaders!"

Steve Joyce | Regional Managing Director | SES North

BESA Future Skills Pledge

To tackle the skills gap issue head-on, we are looking for employers who are willing to pledge to take on one or more apprentices to help their business develop a workforce with the right skills for the future and help close the skills gap we currently face.

After last year’s success, we are running this campaign again in 2024. We hope that the 60+ businesses that took the pledge in 2023 will do so again and that we can encourage more and more companies to take the pledge this year.

By taking the pledge today you will be starting the process early to ensure you find the right fit for your business, you will be committing to expanding or upskilling your workforce and showing your commitment to bringing new talent into the sector. 


Take The Pledge

The Future Skills Pledge does not require commitment at this stage but would enable us and our college partners to identify the demand in advance.

Further Benefits For Your Business

Free PR

We will feature the logos of all the companies that take the pledge this year on our website and on social media.

We also want to stay in touch to hear from you later in the year to see how your apprentices faired, how many you took on and how they have helped your business. This will then form the foundation for our NAW campaign in 2025.

Free Advice

Our Skills Advisory Service is here to support both you and your apprentices.

We provide advice and guidance on the different building services apprenticeships available, how to make best use of your apprenticeship levy and can signpost you to training providers across the UK and much more.

We are also here to offer free information, advice and guidance to the apprentice to ensure they get the most out of their apprenticeship.


Apprentices can join BESA as an Associate for free.

As part of their membership, apprentices will:

* Have access to a substantial library of technical guidance.

* Be able to call on the support of our staff and attend events and forums.

* Receive exclusive discounts across a range of BESA services, BESA Academy courses and BESA Publications.


SKILLcard offer all registered apprentices a free Trainee SKILLcard.

Ensure all your apprentices and adult apprentices can gain access to site and start their career on the right path of compliance, competency and skills.

Companies That Have Pledged For 2024


Take The Pledge

The Future Skills Pledge does not require commitment at this stage but would enable us and our college partners to identify the demand in advance.


BESA's Director of Competence and Compliance Helen Yeulet writes about the vital importance of apprenticeships in the building engineering services industry and how certain television shows are not necessarily helping to promote their importance in the UK. Read Helen's blog HERE

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Testimonials And Success Stories

Shakira Green Dalkia apprentice


"My BSE apprenticeship allows me to work and learn simultaneously. It presents tasks and challenges you could never find in a classroom such as fixing breakdown faults and arrange for replacement equipment and check and maintain instruments and machinery.


The people around me has numerous experience increases my knowledge. The apprenticeship gives me an insight into the world of work and what I can achieve and allows opportunities to progress whilst gaining recognised qualification.


I recommend doing an apprenticeship to anyone, the experience you gain is invaluable."

Shakira Green | Building Services Maintenance Engineer | Dalkia 

“Before my apprenticeship I was a fabric engineer for ISS and my trade was carpentry and joinery. I commenced my apprenticeship at Cardiff and Vale college, in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, between September 2018 and December 2020.

At the end of the apprenticeship, I achieved an NVQ Level 2 in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning. I thoroughly enjoyed learning a new skill set and broadening my knowledge. I really liked the theory work involved with the course - psychometric charts and the scientific principles. This was all very fascinating to me. 

I was nominated by my tutors for the Cardiff and Vale College Building Services award, for being an 'outstanding student' and ended up winning! 

In May 2023 I became an Engineering Team Leader at ISS. My success story is due to the fact that I had the opportunity to undertake an apprenticeship. I would encourage anyone who is passionate about learning a new skill, to consider apprenticeships as a good option for securing a future in engineering.”

Thomas Gough | Engineering Team Leader | ISS


Interested In Becoming An Apprentice?

Have you been inspired by our testimonials and you would like to know more about apprenticeships in the United Kingdom? Follow these links below to find the right fit for you:

- Apprenticeships In England

- Apprenticeships in Wales

- Apprenticeships in Northern Ireland

- Apprenticeships in Scotland

Or If you would prefer to talk to someone about apprenticeships in building services engineering and discuss the options available to you, get in touch with our Skills Advisory Service today.


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