The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) launched its Young Engineers Network on 7 April 2022 at the Royal Society of Medicine in London, where young engineers were able to meet and collaborate with one another to establish the objectives of the network. They also had the opportunity to watch a video tour of a prestigious new building project for which one of the group has been instrumental in delivering the BEMS. Afterwards there was a further opportunity to network during a round of crazy golf at Swingers.
Designed to give the industry’s young engineers a forum for networking and support, the Young Engineers Network has been launched to provide help and guidance for young people who want to progress in the building controls industry. It also provides an opportunity for them to showcase projects which they have been involved with and discuss the technical challenges which they face on the wide variety of activities they are working on.
Individuals, work teams and employers will all benefit from the improved engagement, motivation and ownership of this initiative which aims to:
- Establish a network and forum for young BEMS engineers to share learnings and best practice
- Help attract and retain young talent into the BEMS industry
- Help guide young engineers in their career within the BEMS industry
- Enable young people to establish a link to the BCIA
Young engineers attending the launch event were the first to view the inside of the new and exclusive Soho Place development which has been built above Tottenham Court Road Tube Station and Crossrail.
Joel Edward, a BMS Commissioning Engineer from Crown House Technologies who attended the event, says: “The event was a great opportunity for young engineers to meet and share experiences with others within our peer group. I’m really looking forward to being a part of a group which provides a discussion forum for us to share ideas on new technology and industry practice and learn more about the industry in which we work.”
The BCIA Young Engineers Network will meet on a quarterly basis and can look forward to a mix of training sessions, tech talks and the opportunity to get to know each other in a social environment.
Paul Wetherfield, Vice President of the BCIA, comments: “In recent years, the BCIA has been leading the charge in ensuring there is enough talent coming into the building controls sector to meet the demands of the industry. We are sitting on the crest of a wave in terms of a new generation of skilled engineers in the making and it is crucial that we offer them the right support in order for them to fulfil their potential.”
Jen Vickers, who leads the Young Engineers Network, concludes: “The launch of the network was a fantastic event and the passion and enthusiasm demonstrated by the young engineers in attendance gives the BCIA plenty to be optimistic about for the future.”