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Apprenticeship interest grows following increased support

12 June 2017

Enquiries for apprenticeships have reached "record levels", according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA), particularly in Scotland.

Having received its highest number of visits to its apprenticeship assessment website during May, BESA Scotland attributed this to its successful campaign to reinstate travel funding for apprentices from the Scottish Parliament.

There has additionally been increased publicity for apprenticeships around the UK driven by the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in April this year.

The association says it is continuing to work with employers to create Trailblazer building engineering apprenticeships.

Technical areas of focus include installation, service and maintenance, heating and plumbing, ductwork, ventilation hygiene, refrigeration and air conditioning, all of which remain key areas of interest for the FM sector.

BESA is also working on the development of apprenticeships at higher and degree level, it stated.

The association has additionally become a member of the Register of Approved Training Providers, which sets standards and safeguards the quality of apprentice training and short courses.

Training director Tony Howard said: "We are working closely with employers in our sector to develop and deliver apprenticeships at all levels - from initial technician grades right up to degree equivalence - that will meet the industry's future skills requirements."

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