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BESA Launches Online Training Academy

BESA Launches Online Training Academy
25 August 2020 | Updated 17 September 2020

The Building Engineering Services Association has opened its new online academy delivering a comprehensive programme of training courses, assessments and CPD for individuals, employers and training providers in the building services sector.

Individuals will be able to access all of the resources needed to improve their existing skills and learn new ones, adding to an online skills passport. Employers and managers can use this database to ensure their workforces are fully qualified and able to comply with legislation and industry standards.

Workers facing redundancy in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis can quickly pick up additional skills to move from one part of the sector to another, keeping vital expertise within the industry. 


“Our plans were already well advanced before the crisis hit, but the surge in demand for this blended model of online and physical training accelerated our efforts. The industry is moving rapidly into a new era and needs training that can adapt to our changing requirements.”

–Neil Brackenridge

President, BESA


Accessibility and Affordability a Key Factor

All training modules are accessible from a smartphone, tablet or laptop whether the user is at a place of work or on the move, with a flexible structure allowing for small sections to be completed at convenience. Employers benefit from the ease of bridging skill gaps in their workforce via the versatile medium. 

Specific building engineering courses can be less expensive if acquired remotely. The promotional materials for the academy currently focus on improving diversity for the industry– accessibility and affordability presented to a wider audience online is encouraging to those from different backgrounds.

Training providers can also outsource the online learning elements of their courses to Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) freeing them up to focus on the aspects that require physical participation. This development is particularly timely as many colleges are wrestling with social distancing restrictions that limit the amount of time students can spend on sites.


Partnership With Mitsubishi Electric


The academy is launching with the support of several BESA affiliate members who have provided valuable training resources and more courses will be added in the coming months.

One launch highlight is the BESA Health and Safety Environment course and test in partnership with Mitsubishi Electric. This six-module programme covers the latest requirements for keeping workers safe and meeting new site operating procedures.

A suite of free CPD courses is also being provided via the academy supplied by BESA affiliate members Airflow, Altecnic, Flamco, HASL, Kingspan, TATA Steel and Swegon.

Picture: A picture of a woman studying on a laptop at a desk

Article written by Bailey Sparkes | Published 25 August 2020


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