BEST plans better and more apprentice training
Building Services Engineering Training is increasing the number of apprenticeship places it offers by 50% next year, helping the organisation’s aim of promoting and supporting the building-services engineering sector. Another recent development is the introduction of BEST Electrical Assessment Services, which sees BEST and EAS deliver electro-technical apprenticeships and skills enhancement. This strategic alliance combines the talents of both organisations to provide an innovative and flexible delivery service for electro-technical apprenticeships in England and Wales. There will also be a wide range of courses to include the new 17th edition of the Wiring Regulations. The shift mirrors the overall migration towards a unified industry, notably expressed by the potential convergence of the HVCA and the Electrical Contractors’ Association. Mark Bremner, CEO of BEST, comments, ‘This is an exciting time for the building-services engineering sector and the labour force in general, with the Leitch Review citing the need for five million more skilled jobs as the UK enters its biggest transformation in employment the economy has seen for a hundred years.’ In 2008, BEST will develop its online offering, with a new web site engaging learners and employers in a way not yet explored by any other provider of apprentice training. Throughout 2007, BEST has been developing a video and e-learning classroom tool, and a number of successful pilots have taken place. BEST has also established a working relationship with Shepherd Engineering Services and formed a centre of excellence for SES apprentices, with BEST working directly with Leeds College of Building to develop a bespoke course.