Opportunity knocks for young people

Trend Controls has responded to the shocking government statistics which stated that the number of young people not in education, employment or training has risen to a record high of 1.16m. Trend believes that the technically minded in this group (more commonly referred to as NEETs) should be looking to develop specialist skills by joining the fast growing building controls engineering sector.

Building control systems such as BEMS are increasingly being demanded by organisations seeking greater visibility and control of their energy use.

Investigate building controls

Phil Prosser, Learning and Development Manager for Trend Controls believes that young people with technical interests and abilities should investigate this industry. He commented: “The fact that 21% of 18-24 year olds are classed as NEETs is an awful statistic. However, some sectors are thriving and there are significant opportunities in the building controls sector for the right people with the right attitude.”

Trend has led from the front on this particular issue with its Attitude Advanced Apprenticeship scheme – a vocational learning programme where a person is employed and also participates in a structured learning programme.

Recognised qualification

As part of the Attitude Advanced Apprenticeship scheme, and in conjunction with Apprenticeship Training, Trend is delivering the only nationally recognised award specifically designed for those wishing to embark on a career in BEMS design, installation and commissioning.

The Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Installing Building Energy Management Systems is awarded by EAL and endorsed by SummitSkills – the sector skills council for the building services engineering industry. The course is made up of 18 knowledge and performance units and has 854 guided learning hours. All 18 units must be completed to achieve the 125 credits needed to gain the BEMS Diploma.

Phil concluded: “I firmly believe that there is a huge amount of talent out there and the fact that there is now a nationally recognised qualification available makes building controls a very attractive proposition for anyone with a serious desire to develop a career in a thriving sector.”

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