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Friday, March 18, 2022

Scottish Apprenticeship Week - part 2

In support of Scottish Apprenticeship Week, Ross Docherty, Group Director & Owner of BESA member Protech Heating Group shared with us his apprenticeship story...   How long have you worked in the building engineering services industry?   30 Years   How did you get into the building engineering services industry? I passed a “BEST” Exam whilst I was in full time education and through them I was...

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Thursday, March 10, 2022


Neil Brackenridge started out as an engineering apprentice and is now President of the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA). He believes ‘learning on the job’ is the key to a successful and rewarding career… and avoiding student debt!  When I began my apprenticeship in 1987 straight out of school, I certainly could not have imagined that one day I would be President of BESA – a...

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Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Supporting Scottish Apprenticeship Week

James Black, Managing Director of Hestia Mechnical Building Services Ltd shares with us his story about how he first started out as an apprentice 22 years ago and now runs his own building services company.   How did you get into the building engineering services industry? I started my apprenticeship when I was 16 years old with a company called Morton mechanical services. I was put forward for...

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Wednesday, December 15, 2021

China is already leading us down the path to net zero

BESA CEO David Frise explains why 2022 could see some major progress on net zero driven – not by policy - but by a dramatic shift in the economics requiring a fundamental reshaping of engineering in response. China produces more than half of the world’s steel and consumes more than three quarters of all the iron ore exported in the world. It produces more steel in one day than the UK does in a...

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Friday, August 20, 2021

Employment crisis - what crisis?

In the early months of the pandemic, forecasters predicted dire consequences for employment in just about every sector of the UK economy. The Bank of England thought the unemployment rate would rise above 10% as the worst economic recession for 300 years hit home. While the employment market has been rocked it has proved surprisingly resilient, and those predictions turned out to be rather far...

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