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CIBSE announces a new work-based route to engineering to help address the engineering skills gap

CIBSE is pleased to announce that the first building services engineering technicians have completed a year of their advanced apprenticeship developed by the Technician Apprenticeship Consortium (TAC). The employer-led Consortium was established to deliver the business need for skilled technicians as a response to the looming engineering skills gap facing the UK.

Joseph Halliday, an apprentice benefiting from TAC, commented: "After completing ‘A' levels I wanted to continue my education, however the selection of university courses I had looked into didn't appeal to me. After a careers meeting at my sixth form I applied to engineering firms and obtained a building services apprenticeship at ARUP."

CIBSE supports TAC's progress as it encourages new routes into the profession, a key objective of the CIBSE Diversity Panel. Not only does the valued work-based route offer a low cost entry to the profession, it also offers hands-on learning which many apprentices identified as an attractive option.

Since it started just over three years ago, TAC, working with colleges across the UK, has been able to offer over 500 students the opportunity of advanced technician apprenticeships in civil and building services. The building services apprenticeship is mapped to the requirements for EngTech registration which then offers a progression pathway to CEng, if appropriate. The consortium benefits all companies, large and small, as the collective approach assures the continuance of the provision and
can hold the college to account for the quality of its teaching and assessment.

CIBSE is passionate about knowledge sharing and diversity and this consortium is a great example of both. The employment and retention of a varied workforce is integral to meet the building services engineering skills gap and therefore to improve the performance of our built environment.

For more information on the Diversity Panel visit

If you are interested in further information about the Consortium or to become a member, please contact the Project Manager, Sheila Hoile on or alternatively ACE on 020 7222 6557.