LMI about Building Services
There is currently a shortage of qualified and experienced building service engineers.
Most building services engineers start their careers at Technician Level on an Advanced Apprenticeship - for which they need at least four GCSEs at grades C or above - or after a degree course in a subject such as building services engineering, environmental engineering or architectural engineering.Employers for building services engineers include:
- Specialist mechanical and electrical contractors
- Design consultancies
- Major building services contractors
Heating,Ventilating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineers
About 95,000 people are employed, in the UK, by around 11,000 heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration contractors.
Numbers in training have gone up in this sector but there is currently still a shortage of skilled workers - in particular for air conditioning engineers.
Cavity Wall Insulation Technicians
Cavity wall insulation technicians may be self-employed or work for a specialist insulation company.
These companies often carry out a free energy survey for a customer and then suggest improvements such as increasing the insulation in the loft and installing cavity wall insulation.They then use their own technicians to do the work, if the householder agrees.
As there are lots of grants on offer to households at the moment, as part of a government initiative to reduce energy wastage, this work is a growth area at the moment.