As a BCIA YEN representative and a member of the CIBSE YEN committee, I’m keen to encourage SSE’s involvement in these groups. The benefits to both the individual and the business are numerous – my early career in BEMS has already been aided by both networks.
Last year, the BCIA established their Young Engineers Network (YEN). First and foremost, it provides a platform for young BEMS engineers to come together as future talent, continuously expand their knowledge and stay at the forefront of the ever-evolving building controls industry. Members benefit by sharing learnings and best practices, receive guidance for their developing careers, and generally get to know their peers working in the sector. The BCIA YEN have a north and south division, and as we are a relatively new group still establishing our programme of events, there are many opportunities to get involved.
As SSE is one of BCIA’s 150+ member organisations, any employee under 35 is encouraged to join the growing network and have management’s backing to do so. Through networking events, workshops and collaborative projects, members have the opportunity to learn from both seasoned professionals and their peers. This knowledge-sharing enhances technical skills, develops valuable networks and builds lasting relationships. Beyond professional growth, BCIA YEN offers a space for personal development and social interaction, ensuring that members not only excel in their careers but also enjoy a fulfilling and well-rounded professional journey throughout.
Alternatively, CIBSE also has a Young Engineers Network. We recruit committee members annually at our AGM in March but our free monthly events are open to anyone within the building services engineering sector. As a niche within the wider industry, it’s important to have a broader understanding of how BEMS is placed to address many of the issues building services engineers face. It’s also a great way to interact with future decision-makers from consultants and M&Es. Unfortunately, the age restriction is a hard limit, but if you are under 35 and want more information, please get in touch with me.