BEST announces three year development

Building Engineering Services Training (BEST), the training subsidiary of the HVCA, has announced its three year plan to cement its position as the preferred supplier of training to the building engineering services sector. BEST’s improvement plan has been formulated as a result of listening to the requirements of the industry and responding to national targets set out by the Learning Skills Council (LSC).

Mark Brenner, Chief Executive for BEST, stated that BEST’s mission “to be the preferred choice training provider for the sector”, will be achieved “…through a committed team striving for excellence in training, equality of opportunity, higher retention of learners and increased percentage of qualifications.”

To meet these goals, BEST will introduce national assessment centres, as well as more efficient monitoring and communication between employers, colleges, learners and BEST. It will also develop strategic partnerships with leading HVACR colleges and higher education institutions, so it can deliver a wider spectrum of training and education. These developments will mean an improved and accessible service for all learners, from school leavers to adults.

New additions to BEST’s range of training include the provision of adult NVQ delivery services, in line with the emerging demand for all workers to meet NVQ level 2 requirements. This priority was outlined by the LSC, and will help workers meet the criteria necessary for the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card.

Due to the demand for formal accreditation, BEST anticipates a large and growing market for existing adult worker assessment and qualification delivery within the building services engineering sector. This growth is predicted to commence in the second half of this year. BEST will be meeting the demand through the new Train To Gain programme, in collaboration with the LSC brokerage services.

For apprentices, BEST plan to introduce a foundation level apprenticeship course designed to allow young people to make informed decisions about their education route following industry exposure, as well as providing education opportunities for disadvantaged groups, an issue the LSC is keen to address. It is anticipated that initiatives such as this will provide strong indicators for the eventual introduction of the 14-19 year old vocational diploma to be launched in 2008.

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