Thursday, June 14, 2018

Over 600 potential apprentices waiting for a role in the Building Services sector

Research carried out by BESA into the Building Engineering Services sector has demonstrated that we have a shortfall in recruitment for the industry.


“We’re talking about Pipework and Ductwork Installers, Service & Maintenance Engineers, Ventilation Hygiene Technicians, Design and Project Managers, rather than Domestic Plumbers or Electricians”, said Tony Howard, Director of BESA Training. “BESA Training has already filled hundreds of vacancies this year across the UK but we still have an ever increasing number of good quality candidates (600 as of June 2018), who are all proactively looking for work.” Said Mr Howard.


BESA Training does the groundwork for BESA members and its employers. We sift through all the applicants and put them through a rigorous assessment so we can reassure employers we are signing up a high calibre of apprentices. We work across the whole of the UK and will support both you and your apprentice throughout their apprenticeship programme.


70% of employers believe their productivity improved by taking on apprentices.


It is in yours and the industry’s hands to secure the next generation of Building Services Engineers. We have to remember that everyone entered the industry by someone offering an opportunity, whether that be through an apprenticeship, placement or job. It is really rewarding and beneficial to you and your business to employ an apprentice and support the future growth of the sector.

“Unfortunately we tend to see a trend of employers poaching other employees from fellow businesses within the building services sector,” said Mr Howard. “Frankly there is just no need for this when the research shows there are hundreds of willing people out there who would snap their hand off for the opportunity. Why diminish our talent pool? We should be encouraging more people and skills into our sector, as we do great things that a lot of people are unaware of and take for granted”.


Feedback from the sector suggests that employers are still struggling to get to grips with the Apprenticeship Levy and funding. BESA Training can work with you to ensure you get the funding you are entitled to. If you don’t use it, you will lose it, it’s as simple as that. Larger employers can now transfer levy funds to smaller businesses within the sector, which again BESA Training can help with. Visit to find out more.


Are you looking to recruit an apprentice?  Email and one of our training managers will be in touch or alternatively you can visit our employers page on the website and complete the simple online form.


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