Engineering contractors operate in an increasingly crowded and complex landscape. Globalisation, consolidation and merger are reshaping a sector, which is responding to new challenges in the areas of employment legislation, workforce development and potential restrictions on the free movement of goods, services and skills.
BCECA recognises that today’s engineers operate in a multidisciplinary and multinational environment where collaboration with, and leadership of, global teams is essential.
We use regular stakeholder mapping to identify the issues and organisations where our collective voice can influence decision making and policy development.
Close working relations are maintained with the ECITB, Professional Engineering Institutions and UK government departments, including the Migration Advisory Committee.
A sustainable supply of engineering apprentices and graduates is essential to securing a reliable skills base for the engineering contracting sector in the years ahead. This will be particularly important if immigration routes become more restricted post-Brexit.
BCECA promotes career opportunities and spread the word about the achievements of the sector in targeted university departments and at careers fairs. Over the last decade representatives from member companies have visited university departments across the UK to share their experiences of life and work in the engineering contracting sector. During a typical academic year, dozens of volunteers engage with students to share their enthusiasm raising the profile of BCECA member companies and the engineering contracting sector.
Universities visited include Bath, Birmingham, Hull, Loughborough, Manchester, Nottingham, Newcastle, Sheffield, London Southbank, Strathclyde, Surrey and University College London.
BCECA has recently become a signatory of Tomorrow’s Engineers CODE.
BCECA has engaged productively with leading players in the process and energy industries throughout its history. The combined opinion and influence of member companies provides a powerful voice.
Our member companies provide expertise, knowledge and services to a wide range of industry sectors including agrochemicals, carbon capture and storage, LNG storage and shipping, nuclear, offshore oil and gas, renewables, transcontinental pipelines and wastewater treatment.
BCECA’s Council and committees have been instrumental in developing training standards, training programmes and qualifications for the engineering sector, in conjunction with the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) and others. They work closely with universities, delivering industry days and webinar programmes, to introduce the sector, its employers and the range of employment opportunities, to engineering students.