CELLAR SERVICE ENGINEERS NOW HAVE PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION
As sector lead in dispense equipment and cellar equipment installation & maintenance, BFBi has worked with Government to deliver a route to professional qualifications via a National Apprenticeship Framework in Drinks Dispense (Level 2), as well as revising NVQ Level 3. This ensures a minimum standard of best practice and safety within cellar service installation & maintenance - an area whch benefits from two derogations from legislation (confined space and pressure vessel).
To complement the qualifications, BFBi has put in place a card scheme, which ensures licensees, pub operators can have confidence in the technical competence of any engineers working within the cellar.
The cards meet the requirements of the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2007 (CDM) and range from a white card (level 2 Technical Certificate in Health & Safety and Survey of the Cellar) through Bronze (Level 2 Technical Certificate – all units), Silver (NVQ Level 2 Drinks Dispense) to Gold (NVQ Level 3 Drinks Dispense).
Says BFBi Chief Executive:
“This card scheme aligns with the BFBi developed National Apprenticeship Framework in Drinks Dispense, which has been developed by the industry for the industry. The Level 2 Technical Certificate ensures a minimum body of knowledge to ensure best practice and safety to the industry and the Level 2 NVQ ensures a minimum level of competence within the workplace, which can be recognised as a reasonable benchmark of competence for a site based worker.
Cellar Service Engineers now have a nationally recognised professional qualifications pathway, which can only help to drive up quality standards within the on-trade”
Says Brian Bunting, Chairman of BFBi Dispense Committee and Competent Person for a number of major brand owners.
“After 35 years in the industry it gives me great satisfaction to see a professional recognition of the work of our much maligned technical services engineers. The skills required today are varied and complex yet vital in maintaining high quality product presentation to the customer. The National Apprenticeship lays out a recognised career path for young people to enter the industry and gain the required skills to ensure our future”
The National Apprenticeship Framework embraces the wide body of knowledge required by Cellar Service Engineers, which, until now, has not been professionally acknowledged within a progressive, professional format.