Malcolm Anson, President of the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA), explains why investment in training is essential if we are to drive the HVAC and building controls industry forward.
The ongoing skills shortage is a well-known topic of conversation in our sector, as well as nationwide. To address this issue, a robust plan of action is essential with training high on the agenda.
Research conducted by Engineering UK found an additional 1.8 million engineers and technically qualified people are needed by 2025. The study also discovered that people are put off by a career in the industry due to not understanding the various job roles or the importance of the sector.
The Institute of Refrigeration held a career development workshop for Women in RACHP to coincide with the International Women in Engineering Day.
The two-part networking session, hosted by training and consultancy specialists Cool Concerns in Tewkesbury, began with a practical event enabling non-technical staff to gain a hands-on understanding of refrigerant handling and brazing. This was followed by an interactive career development workshop with handy tips on career management and planning.
Toshiba is now one of the largest providers of air conditioning training in the country, with almost 5,000 people attending its courses over the past three years. ACR Journal reports on the company’s practical approach and the latest initiatives in development.
“The major air conditioning manufacturers have a responsibility to take a lead on training. It is in everyone’s interests to improve skills and the level of professionalism and competence across the industry.”
So says David Dunn, Director and General Manager of Toshiba Air Conditioning and CIAT Ozonair, who has made training one of the key strategic priorities for the company. It is not just lip service; the manufacturer has invested significant sums in training infrastructure and initiatives, and this continues with a number of fresh initiatives that put training and skills at the centre of its approach to the market.