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Friday, April 3, 2020

Don’t forget mental health during crisis, says BESA

Employers should prepare for a likely surge in mental health problems during the current lockdown, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA). 41% of respondents to a poll of carried out by the Association said their mental health was worse than normal as a result of the Covid-19 restrictions – including 5% who said it was much worse. With lockdown restrictions only in...

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

BESA Training pauses apprentice end point assessments

The training arm of the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has announced, following discussions with the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), that it is suspending the delivery of End Point Assessments (EPA) for apprentices during the Coronavirus pandemic.  EPAs include a practical assessment of the apprentice’s work, which is not realistic during the current lockdown and with...

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Reasons to be cheerful during ‘not normal’ recession

The industry could recover rapidly from the current financial turmoil caused by the Covid-19 outbreak, according to one of the industry’s leading economic commentators. Noble Francis, economics director at the Construction Products Association (CPA), said this was “not a normal recession” so the usual financial rules did not apply. He told a webinar hosted by the Building Engineering Services...

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Monday, March 30, 2020

Essential services need building services

A series of daily Covid-19 update webinars hosted by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has reinforced the message that building services specialists are carrying out crucial work in support of the country’s essential services. Online attendance grew steadily throughout the first week of the webinars, peaking last Friday when the system was over-subscribed with more than 650...

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Monday, March 30, 2020

BESA sets up NHS key services survey

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) is conducting a survey to identify firms across the sector capable of providing vital service and maintenance for the NHS at short notice. The survey will run until the end of this week and will then be collated and provided as a list of available companies to the NHS.  “Our sector is carrying out essential work that will keep hospitals, care...

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