Trend succeeds in apprentice initiatives
Trend Control Systems is supporting the long-term interests of the building services industry through an ongoing campaign to attract apprentices. Its efforts this year resulted in 50 apprenticeships in Building Services Engineering, out of 550 who responded to the campaign. Seven are employed directly by Trend, the remainder by 26 Trend partner companies – independent building system integrators who install Trend products.
“The UK building services industry will suffer if the present lack of trained Building Service engineers is allowed to continue, while we and our partners need trained technicians to maintain business growth,” observed Tim Darkes, Managing Director of Horsham-based Trend Control Systems, a specialist in building management systems.
“For many years, Trend has successfully recruited and trained apprentices; providing them with certificated qualifications, along with Trend product training and hands-on learning. However, Trend partners have not always been able to match this resource, so they requested our help to fill the industry-wide need for new technicians.
“The fact that we received 550 applications this year shows clearly that many young people are attracted to a technical career in building services. We hope those we were unable to employ are successful in finding training elsewhere within the industry.”