Employers in the building services sector will be relieved to know that their employees will have new professional certification routes available next year when revised F Gas legislation is available.
When the CITB announced that it was to close its 'Utilities Engineering Division' in January, there was alarm in the industry. The division provides training and certification for refrigeration, renewables, gas, electric, water, oil and steam industries.
“We are delighted to have received approval from DEFRA to help plug this vital gap in certification,” said BESA chief executive Paul McLaughlin. “It is important that there continues to be a number of providers in the market, offering choice and ensuring value for money, and we have been working with DEFRA for some time to set up our own scheme to support employers right across the sector.”
Specialist training and certification
“The new regulations offer a catalyst for BESA to disrupt the traditional certification market,” said BESA Training director Tony Howard.
“Historically, we have delivered training and certification ourselves using third parties with assessments we developed. We now intend to grow and develop training, assessment and certification to enable employers in our industry to access the provision they need at a local level through licensed providers audited against our standards.”
“There needs to be greater clarity between ‘short courses’ and apprenticeships,” explained Mr Howard.
“BESA plans to change the nature of apprenticeships by raising the bar of provision and enabling industry specialists to help employers train their own apprentices.”
“Businesses must have a choice of routes to certification to satisfy their own business models. F Gas is our first scheme to hit the market, but it will certainly not be the last,” he added.