Poor management and leadership skills and limited skills competence within environmental technologies are inhibiting productivity among building services engineers.
The findings emerged from the research for the Sector Skills Agreement, which was carried out by SummitSkills.
In its research report, SummitSkills has outlined ten factors that influence the sector’s productivity. After exploring issues that included the economy, migrant workers and entrepreneurship, it found that leadership and management skills are a major area of weakness.
Keith Marshall OBE, chief executive of SummitSkills, said: “There is no coherent set of management qualifications on offer for the sector to improve its skills. The confusion about management qualifications and the poor uptake of management training has led us to believe that these issues could be a key cause of low productivity in the sector, compared to international competitors, rather than skill deficiencies in craft operatives, as has previously been suggested.
“SummitSkills and our partners need to identify a clear suite of ‘fit for purpose’ management qualifications that are available in formats that are easy and attractive to engage with.”
SummitSkills has also drawn attention to the sector’s reluctance to engage in the renewables market as potentially damaging to the sector, as it will encourage international competition to gain entry.
The importance of these findings was highlighted by Tony Thomas, SummitSkills/ESTTL sponsored visiting professor of work-based learning at London South Bank University, during his inaugural lecture on September 10.
To view the full research report click here