Make a fresh start in 2022

Peter Behan, Director of Group Horizon, encourages those looking to take the next step in their building controls career to consider a BEMS Controls Engineer Apprenticeship.

If you currently work in the BEMS industry you may already be aware of the Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) Controls Engineer Apprenticeship being delivered by Group Horizon. Run in partnership with the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA), the apprenticeship is directly addressing the well-documented industry shortage of BEMS controls engineers and bringing through a new generation of highly skilled operatives. But if you’re already familiar with the building controls industry, why should you take more of an interest in in training?

As energy prices continue to rise and show no sign of slowing down, improving energy efficiency will remain high on the agenda for business owners and building operators. One of the knock-on effects will be increased demand for highly skilled, adaptable engineers familiar with the latest building technologies and capable of integrating smart solutions into the built environment.

With new efficient building technologies emerging on a regular basis, energy management systems and solutions are no longer viewed as expensive extravagances but are essential long-term investments which help drive down costs and improve the wellbeing of building occupants. A new generation of skilled engineers is needed more than ever before and there is now fresh impetus to deliver the necessary training and ensure we have the talented individuals needed to deliver the buildings of tomorrow. Put simply, there has never been a better time to get involved and upskill in this exciting and dynamic industry.

The Group Horizon run apprenticeship offers a balance of on-the-job assessments and technical training delivered on the apprentice’s company site and through classroom and/or online learning sessions. All aspects of the industry are covered, including Controls Hardware and Logic; Field Devices; Networking; Communication Protocols and Supervisor Software and on successful completion of the programme, individuals will receive the Level 4 Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) Controls Engineer Apprenticeship. In addition, on successful completion of technical modules BCM01 – 03 apprentices will receive the BCIA Technical Certificate and the BCIA Advanced Technical Certificate on successful completion of BCM04 – 06. Apprentices will also be eligible to apply for an Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) Building Controls card at Associate or Integrator Level (depending on level of experience) on completion of specific BCIA technical training modules.

With the first two cohorts now underway and a third about to start, demand for places on this apprenticeship is high. To register your interest please visit: