Friday, November 9, 2018

Future Leaders set to tackle skills gap

The BESA Future Leaders group set a series of ambitious aims and objectives for the coming year during a special session at the Conference.

As well as encouraging more young engineers from BESA member companies to join the group, it said its main aims for the coming year would be to focus on ways to reduce the skills gap.

Part of the plan involves getting young STEM Ambassadors to work with BESA members to set up engineering workshops and to collaborate with Primary Engineers, which is an initiative set up to enthuse young school children about science, technology and engineering.

It will also look to collaborate with like-minded bodies across the sector, including the CIBSE Young Engineers’ Network, and organise joint projects and meetings.

Mental health is another area of growing concern, so the Future Leaders have created a series of ‘tool box’ talks that will be available for download from the BESA website. Member companies will be invited to use these to help their staff deal with this increasingly worrying feature of life in construction-related fields.

The group is also going to focus on encouraging wider uptake of new technologies. An example cited by Future Leaders chair Reanna Evans was the use of QR codes to capture project and operational information in an easy to use, low cost format.

She also called on more BESA member companies to offer work placements to young people so that they can get a feel for the industry.

“It is really important that this happens before they opt for an apprenticeship so they can decide at an early stage whether this is the right career for them. If, instead, they start an apprenticeship and then drop out – somebody else has missed out on that opportunity,” Reanna explained.

More information about BESA's Future Leaders is available here



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