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Latest news on the initiatives and activities being undertaken by the BESA in support of its members and the building engineering services sector.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Record Infrastructure Plan Will Need ‘Colossal’ Skills Drive

The government’s announcement of a record £650bn investment in infrastructure projects over the next decade will be a massive boost to the building services sector but will need to be matched by an unprecedented surge in training and recruitment, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA). A mixture of public money, private sector investment and the recruitment of more than...

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Friday, September 10, 2021

Heat network fund is a good start, says BESA

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has welcomed the launch of the £270 million Green Heat Network Fund (GHNF), which is designed to increase the use of low-carbon technologies in a new generation of heat networks. The Association said the funding would help increase interest and investment in the use of technologies like heat pumps, solar and geothermal energy to power networks...

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Thursday, September 9, 2021

SKILLcard launches industry placement card

Engineering Services SKILLcard has launched a card specifically designed for the growing number of students who need access to construction sites to complement their classroom-based learning. SKILLcard is one of the first Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) partners to launch an Industry Placement Card in time for the new academic year. It supports students aged 16 and above studying...

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Thursday, September 2, 2021

Order books full but skills shortages worry contractors

The latest sector-wide Building Engineering Business Survey, sponsored by Scolmore, shows that, while turnover is predicted to grow through the rest of 2021, ongoing materials and labour shortages are likely to worsen. The survey, which includes data from industry trade bodies ECA, BESA, SELECT and SNIPEF, shows that specialist contractors are particularly concerned about lack of skilled staff...

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

As COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed, CICV Forum issues new health and safety animation, urging workers to keep protecting themselves and others

The Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum of which BESA Group is a key member, has issued another in its series of engaging advice videos, reminding workers how to keep themselves and others safe as the COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed. The 90-second animation is the latest in a string of easy-to-follow Forum films designed to help construction workers protect themselves and their...

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