Three trade associations have joined forces to secure agreement from the four UK governments to manage and develop apprenticeships, qualifications and National Occupational Standards for the building services engineering sector.
The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA), SELECT and SNIPEF have created a joint body called BSE Skills Ltd, which has now been appointed to oversee vocational training in electrical, plumbing and HVAC. It is the first time that trade bodies have received a government commission to carry out this work.
Membership scheme operator NAPIT completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for Chesterfield-based charity, Ashgate Hospicecare.
The challenge involves three mountains over 24 miles in 14 hours and the team was made up of a variety of age ranges and abilities from NAPIT departments and included Chief Executive Mike Andrews. Partners from NAPIT Drive and NAPIT Insurance also took part.
Leeds-based air conditioning experts, Airedale International, have announced the opening of their new training centre at their head office.
The new training centre provides courses on air conditioning including system design and basic principles. Consultants, system designers, installers and service engineers in air conditioning and refrigeration will find the courses useful. Delegates can get training to become competent in handling F-gases and electrical installations. Courses are a mix of practical in Airedale workshops and theory lessons.
The refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump (RACHP) industry took a major step forward this week in the challenge to encourage more young people into the sector with the launch of its new Engineering Technician Apprenticeship scheme.
The new apprenticeship, co-launched by ACRIB, the Institute of Refrigeration and employers as part of the national apprenticeship objectives, focuses on practicalities and fundamentals of refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps to help apprentices develop their careers.
The shortage of skilled technical sales people in the HVAC market is common knowledge. How to recruit the right people into the open roles is a challenge, highlights HVAC recruiter, ThornHVAC.
The recruitment firm, however, has a solution which might help to solve the problem.
ThornHVAC director, Jason Thornhill said: