New Training Centre to Cater for the Shortfall of Labour


BMS Services is proud to announce the opening of a new training centre, the first of its kind, aimed at addressing the shortage of skilled labour in the busbar installation niche market. With the construction industry booming since the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for skilled workers has never been higher. BMS Services is stepping in to bridge the gap and provide a new generation of skilled professionals to the industry.

The training centre, located in Basingstoke, will offer a comprehensive 4-week course in Busbar installation, electrical safety, and hands-on training. The course is designed to guarantee employment with a starting salary of £30,000 upon successful completion of two theoretical and one practical exam.

BMS Services has taken the initiative to provide opportunities for six young men, four of whom were previously on benefits, to attend the training program at a cost of £2800 per attendee. BMS work directly for leading manufacturers such as Schneider, Siemens, and Legrand, to provide the program.

A spokesperson from Legrand, who delivered a presentation for the course, says, “The UK construction market is suffering from a huge skills shortage across all platforms, causing delays to projects and risks to business owners, who want to deliver a good reliable service to their customers. I was fortunate enough, to be invited to attend a Busbar training session with BMS, where they have taken the protective approach to start a busbar installation and commissioning training programme, investing in people from various backgrounds for the future of their business. This is a great programme, which more companies should embrace, to help close the skills shortage gap in the UK market.”

BMS Services is proud to announce the launch of its comprehensive new training course aimed at addressing the pressing labour shortage facing the industry. The course has been specifically designed for new engineers, providing them with a comprehensive A-Z training that covers all aspects of the installation process for busbar and switchgear.

The course is a crucial step towards ensuring that installations meet the manufacturers’ installation manual and the client’s satisfaction. With many failed installs in the industry resulting from companies looking for the cheapest installations, BMS Services’ new training course is a welcome development that guarantees quality and reliability.

David Hookins Eta-com General Manger UK & Ireland said, “We had the pleasure of attending the course ourselves and were thoroughly impressed with the level of detail covered. From bare routes to installing anchors into concrete and identifying the required supports, the course equips engineers with the knowledge and skills required to tackle any installation project.

“As a leading brand in the industry and the original IP68 Case Resin Busbar manufacturer, Eta-com is proud to support this proactive approach by BMS Services towards addressing the labour shortage in the industry. With no recognized industry standard for installing busbar and switchgear, BMS Services’ training course is a critical step towards ensuring the future of quality installations that will last for years to come.

“We wish BMS Services every success with this new initiative and offer our continued support towards this essential course.”

Carol Sullivan, HR and Finance Director, says, “It is BMS Services’ goal to have this training program accredited by the Joint Industry Board and the Electrical Contractors’ Association under the electrical industry. Currently, there is no recognised training program for Busbar and Switchgear installations in the UK, and the company is committed to filling this void and providing a much-needed service to the industry.”

The training centre will also have the capacity to offer bespoke training programs tailored to individual company needs, and with the support of the manufacturers, the potential to train people from all over the world.

With many poor installations of Busbar systems, BMS Services is determined to provide high-quality training to ensure safety and prevent fatal incidents. The company is excited to offer this new opportunity to young people looking for a career in the electrical industry and is confident that this training centre will play a key role in addressing the labour shortage in the industry.

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