The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) is the UK's leading trade organisation for building engineering services contractors, and since the start of the COVID-19 lockdown, they’ve been running free webinars for the entire sector, reaching out to members and non-members alike.
With special guests including Small Business Minister, Paul Scully MP, and Dame Judith Hackitt, the webinars have proved to be very popular, with daily audiences of 200-500 people tuning in for guidance and skill-sharing.
The sessions have covered a wide range of topics, including how to furlough staff, applying for CIBLS loans, technical sessions on HVACR (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), health and safety and building maintenance. There have also been guest speakers from outside the sector, delivering talks on planning and leadership, and mental health, among other things.
BRIM was delighted to recently have Director of Programmes Joanna Goddard join as a fellow guest speaker with MD for Construction at Bibby Finance. Joanna took 100+ delegates through the provision of the new national cyber resilience centres and explained how companies (both those who are thriving and those within high risk as part of the critical supply chain) could make the best use of them. She also explained how companies can access training at this time, whether they have retained staff or have the majority of staff on furlough.
The webinar was such a success, we’ve since been asked to host an additional learning session on technical tips to support of this construction industry body, which our Director of Student Services and Police Training will deliver in the coming weeks.