Six things you need to know about our BEMS apprenticeships
Want to work in some interesting and unusual places? With a BEMS apprenticeship, no two days are the same. That’s part of what makes a career in BEMS (Building Energy Management Systems) so exciting.
Here at Kendra, we create autonomous, IoT-connected smart buildings, while cutting UK carbon emissions. And we’re looking for ambitious young people – like you – to join us as BEMS engineering apprentices. Interested in becoming future leaders of a progressive industry? Here’s six things you need to know about our BEMS apprenticeships.
You’ll work in interesting buildings at fantastic locations
You’ll be onsite 90% of the time, giving you plenty of hands-on experience across different environments. One of our former apprentices, Leo (pictured below), who now works as a Project Sales Engineer here at Kendra, particularly enjoyed how varied his apprenticeship was. He said:
“I enjoyed the immediate challenge of helping to deliver large and important projects on prestigious and well-known sites around London and the southeast. I also enjoyed participating in other activities, such as surveying airports, universities, and other interesting places you rarely get to see in other jobs. Nearly every day was different, and the surveying works led me to my current role, working with a fun and excellent team.
An apprenticeship at Kendra guarantees you’ll be learning the trade from the best in the industry and, as previously mentioned, it won’t be long until you find yourself helping out in unexpected places, such as a Canary Wharf trading floor, a mansion in Surrey or an RAF base – possibly all in the space of a week.”
You’ll get a tempting rewards package
BEMS apprentices start at an industry standard salary, which is competitive compared to other engineering disciplines. However, if you’ve got the right attitude and work ethic, you’ll receive a better package with us – even as an apprentice.
Unlike many of our competitors, we offer incremental increases based on ability and attitude – so putting in some extra effort really does pay off!
You’ll ACTUALLY be making the world a better place
Your work will help tackle climate change. How? Because buildings consume 40% of the world’s energy and produce a third of greenhouse gas emissions. And the BEMS industry confronts this issue.
We drastically reduce the carbon footprint of buildings. Equipped with cutting edge technology and building automation knowhow, we boost energy efficiency – making buildings smarter and greener. Find out more.
You’ll be successful
We’re focused on helping you succeed – because, ultimately, it’s young people like you who’ll be leading intelligent buildings into the future.
Nurturing young careers is something we care about personally. Many of our people started out as apprentices – even some of our senior leaders and directors. So, when it comes to your training, you can rest assured that we’ve been in the same boat and can entirely relate.
While it takes around four years to qualify, we help ambitious young people climb the ladder quickly. One of our former apprentices, Alistair (pictured), progressed from apprentice to Principal BEMS Engineer in just four years – an impressive achievement. Alistair largely puts his success down to the training, support, and encouragement he received as a trainee and beyond. He said:
“Engineering is a great trade to get into because it’s such a broad field. If you’re adaptable and good at solving problems, it’s the right career path for you, regardless of which form of engineering interests you the most.
BEMS is one of the best engineering avenues because it requires a broad range of engineering disciplines. You get to learn and understand every aspect of a building, as well as other building engineering trades, so it never gets boring. At Kendra, you’ll enjoy a fantastic, constructive training environment, where all avenues are open. There are endless opportunities to progress your skillset and career.”
You’ll get brilliant training
Your training plan will be comprehensive. While learning is mostly hands on, you’ll receive the best course-based training in the industry, including courses from big names such as Schneider Electric, Honeywell and the BCIA (the Building Control Industry Association).
As a BEMS apprentice, you’ll cover a range of disciplines, from mechanical and electrical to energy-based engineering. This differs from most engineering apprenticeships, which focus on just one area. You’ll therefore be in a great position to transfer your broad skillset to whatever areas interest you most.
Learning new things can be daunting – we fully understand and appreciate that. That’s why we encourage our trainees to have a go – and make mistakes – in a controlled environment. We believe it’s the best possible way to learn.
Our people know their stuff, which makes them excellent teachers. You’ll be supported by a large network of engineers – all with differing knowledge, experience, and skillsets – who’ll teach you about both the service and project installation sides of the BEMS industry. You’ll also receive one-to-one mentored support.
In fact, even the range of manufacturers systems we work across are extensive compared to many other BEMS providers. So, if you’re looking to soak up as much knowledge as possible, Kendra is the ideal place to do it. There’s always something new to learn.
You’ll get a job
Once you qualify, you’ll get a job here at Kendra. You’ll work in either the BEMS service department or move into project commissioning – you choose how you want your career to develop.
We’ll invest in you and provide the tools and training you need for a long, successful career – and this continues even after your apprenticeship ends.