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Article Date: 21st June 2016

Schneider Electric Wins BCIA Award for Contribution to Training

BCIA Awards - Energy Management - Building Controls - BEMS Systems

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Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and building controls, has won the 2016 Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) award for Contribution to Training for its Built Environment Training Academy based in Ashby-de-la-Zouch.

The well-established BCIA Awards recognise and reward excellence in the building-controls industry and have become the most prestigious awards in the controls sector. The winners were announced at a gala dinner on the 12 May. Schneider Electric beat stiff competition from Clarkson Evans’ BCPA Assessment Centre, and InTandem Systems’ Bespoke BEMS Development Programme.

Launched in 2014, the Built Environment Training Academy delivers courses for its own engineers and the wider controls industry, including both customers and end-users. It is a first for the industry, in that it houses a live complex low voltage distribution system, low temperature hot water distribution system and ventilation system with VAV and fan coil unit applications. These elements provide trainees with a hands-on practical learning environment in which to master the skills needed for the building controls industry. The training academy offers 44 individual courses and is an approved Pearson EdExcel training centre. It offers an ordinary national certificate (ONC – level 3) in Building Services Engineering, which is the foundation of a building services engineering technician qualification. These courses are in addition to the 39 product training courses offered, which focus on the innovative Schneider Electric SmartStruxure range.

Over 3,000 training days have been completed to date, incorporating electrical safety, control panel design, network principles, building services science & mathematics. The training courses have been so popular that an additional facility has been built, creating an extra classroom that can facilitate an increase in the number of courses offered and engineers trained on site.

Over the next three years the vision is for the academy to train to a higher national certificate (level 4) in building services engineering. In addition to this, and to ensure Schneider Electric is taking the lead in supporting the engineering requirements of the wider industry, it will offer high level apprenticeships. These will run over five years allowing students to attain a level 6 BENG Hons qualification in Automation Engineering (Building automation). This will help align the competency of our engineers with the engineering council UK framework, the UK regulatory body for the engineering profession.

"Our goal is to develop the world’s leading Building Performance Solutions and Services Team. Building the Training Academy is an important part of that. To have the quality of our facility attested by a well-regarded body such as the BCIA – as well as the testament of the hundreds of engineers who have already been through the Academy – demonstrates that we are clearly on the right track" said David Williams, Marketing Manager, EcoBuildings, Schneider Electric.

"I was very impressed with the setup of the Schneider Electric facility in Ashby-de-la-Zouch. In an industry where plant technologies are developing quickly, and BMS controls are only becoming more complex, training facilities of this nature are vital to ensure industry engineers can keep pace with, and obtain the necessary skillset required to work safely and efficiently. Schneider Electric’s Built Environment Training Academy exemplifies the commitment that the company has to not only the development of its own staff, but to the industry as a whole," said Jason Yarnall, the University of Nottingham, who has attended a course at the facility.

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