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Monday, November 27, 2017

Hammond got sums wrong on skills

The Chancellor might be in the builders’ ‘good books’ following the Budget, but he has missed an open goal on skills, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA). Philip Hammond has been widely praised for his pledge to build 300,000 new homes a year supported by £44 billion of capital funding, loans and guarantees. The Chancellor’s support for SMEs with a £1.5bn boost for...

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Rise in plumbing courses fails to address the skills gap

The industry is being flooded by trainees with basic plumbing qualifications rather than the higher skills needed to address the skills gap, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA). It has criticised a number of training providers for promoting lower cost plumbing courses to employers at the expense of the wider scoped building services apprenticeships and has urged...

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Interest in apprenticeships hits ‘all time high’

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) says it is receiving record levels of enquiries from people interested in taking up apprenticeships. BESA Scotland is leading the way with the highest ever number of visits to its apprenticeship assessment website recorded during May. This comes hot on the heels of the Association’s successful lobbying campaign to have travel funding for...

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Under fire apprenticeship levy is ‘not a numbers game’

This month’s launch of the Apprenticeship Levy has coincided with a critical report from the all-party parliamentary Education Committee, which dubbed it a “blunt instrument” that would do little to tackle the skills gap without significant changes. The Committee said the Levy would drive up numbers of apprentices, but not necessarily in the industry sectors and regions where they were most...

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017


BESA (Building Engineering Services Association) members, Vaughan Engineering Ltd and SCAN Building Services Ltd have kindly donated brand new equipment including piping and fittings, to the Midlothian Campus at Edinburgh College.  Due to budget cuts, colleges across the UK are constantly having to recycle and re-use equipment that is 2 to 3 years old, which quickly becomes worn and tired. ...

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