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Thursday, July 30, 2020

BESA backs redundant workers with free SKILLcards

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) is supporting redundant workers by allowing them to apply for and renew SKILLcards free of charge. Anyone who suffered redundancy as a result of the Covid-19 crisis since March 1 will have their fees waived if they apply between August 1 and October 31.  Engineering Services SKILLcard is one of the construction industry’s largest skills...

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Covid magnified the skills gap, but sped up possible solutions

The Covid-19 crisis exacerbated the existing skills gap in the building services sector, but also created new opportunities and accelerated potential solutions, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA). The industry is braced for a wave of redundancies in the autumn, but the rapid adoption of online learning during the Covid-19 crisis has created a model that can help...

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Monday, July 27, 2020

BESA welcomes Building Safety Bill

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has welcomed the publication of a new government bill that promises the biggest shake up of building safety in 40 years. The draft Building Safety Bill includes a pledge to appoint the UK’s first national chief inspector of buildings before the end of this year and to distribute £1bn in new funding to remove unsafe cladding from at risk...

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Friday, July 24, 2020

Graeme Fox appointed Head of Technical at BESA

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has announced that Graeme Fox has been appointed as its new Head of Technical. Mr Fox, who has been Head of REFCOM, said he was delighted to be taking up his new position “at an exciting time for the industry”. “The building services sector is facing multiple challenges on several fronts including achieving our low carbon commitments against a...

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Thursday, July 23, 2020

‘Colossal’ opportunity in retrofit market

The government’s economic recovery plans will create massive demand for residential and small commercial property retrofits, according to the quality assurance and consumer protection scheme Trustmark. Chief executive Simon Ayers described Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s £2bn Green Homes Grant scheme and the £1bn targeted at improving public buildings as “the best kickstart we could have hoped for”. He...

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