The Building Controls Association (BCIA) believes the key to a sustainable future in the industry is to invest in young people and find skilled role models for the next generation.
The skills shortage faced by the building controls industry has been well documented. A recent survey discovered that 67% of respondents identified a lack of knowledge as a serious issue in preventing buildings being run more efficiently, highlighting that more needs to be done in terms of education and training.
George Belfield, is an example of what a young person can achieve with the right training and guidance. George recently won the Young Engineer of the Year award at the BCIA Awards and works for InTandem Systems. George embarked on an intense training programme and has since gained valuable experience by working on various international projects. His next step is to progress up the ranks and become a building controls engineer .
Malcolm Anson, President of the BCIA, said:” We can all play a significant role in helping shape the future of the building controls industry. Let’s unearth the next crop of controls engineers and demonstrate our passion for the sector. Finding suitable role models will be vital in capturing the imagination of young people who wish to make a career in building controls. We must inspire and educate the next generation to ensure a sustainable future across the whole industry.”