We pride ourselves on fostering an environment where talented people can do their best work and offer a rare balance of competitive remuneration, career progression and training. As an employer, we have a major opportunity to help people fulfil their potential from both a career and a personal perspective and it is how we seize that opportunity that makes BSD a different – and, we believe, a better – place to work.
Although we bring in high performers from outside BSD, when appropriate, we also work hard to ‘grow our own’ by recruiting and training young people and helping them develop into valued employees. Not only does this ensure that they have the right skills to contribute to our clients’ projects, in our experience it also breeds greater commitment and loyalty – important qualities for both BSD and our clients. Our staff retention rates are excellent, supporting our belief that while people may initially join us for a job, they stay for a career. Our ambitious growth strategy creates opportunities for people to advance their careers at BSD – and many of our team leaders have been promoted internally. For example, the current Director of our Kettering office began life at BSD as a young CAD Technician, before training to become a mechanical engineer and then working his way up to his present position.
Supporting our people
All staff receive formal appraisals twice yearly at which we discuss strengths and weaknesses, and set targets and objectives for the forthcoming six months.
Training & development
As part of the appraisal process, we identify training needs together and then arrange the appropriate courses. Shortlisted in the CIBSE Employer of the Year 2014 scheme, we have never refused any relevant request for either internal or external training and currently support individuals undertaking:
- CIBSE courses
- Building Services Engineering HNC, HND and degree courses
- Masters and Charterships
- CPD courses
- Building regulations L2 training
- Revit training
- SBEM and SAP software training
- Hevacomp and IES thermal modelling training
We also actively promote regular CPD seminars in all our offices, so our people remain up-to-date with the latest developments in the industry.
Membership of professional bodies
In addition, we encourage our engineers to further their careers and pay the fees for them to join professional bodies such as:
- The Engineering Council (mechanical)
- The Institution of Engineering & Technology (electrical)
- The Institution of Mechanical Engineers
- Competitive salaries
- Private healthcare scheme (BUPA)
- Pension scheme
- Death in Service cover
- Enhanced maternity and paternity packages
- Free tea, coffee, soft drinks and fruit
In their own words…
“I started with BSD as a drawing technician (pre-electronic cad drawings) and completed both external qualifications and on the job training to become a Mechanical Engineer. Through hard work, tenacity and by being in the right company at the right time, I achieved Company Director status after seven years.”
“At BSD training and development of staff is actively encouraged. If you want to succeed in your respective field or develop a potential skill, that is bubbling away inside you, the business will provide you with all the support you need to succeed.
I originally joined BSD as a CAD technician at a time when I was still learning more about the industry. Throughout my nine years’ service I have received nothing but encouragement from my Director Phil Pollard and MD David White, who have both supported me as my job has evolved over time. I have never been denied any opportunity to improve my personal development through training and BSD are huge advocates of “passing it on”.
I have been fortunate enough to have been given the opportunity to move into Business Development and marketing the business. This has given me a real insight into the business and develop some really good relationships with clients. One of the most significant characteristics of working for BSD is each individual can find the confidence to believe in themselves and can achieve some amazing career goals.
As one of the original members of staff in Birmingham, I have been privileged to see young engineers and non-technical staff come through the door and develop into confident individuals. BSD treat people as if they already are competent, and help them to become so.
By doing so, this empowers staff, helping them to gain self-confidence in their ability to solve problems, make decisions and perform tasks.
This is not something that can be achieved alone and I have had learned so much from all the staff within the group. They are like a family and I couldn’t think of a more helpful bunch that are only too willing to share their knowledge with me.
Elevation to Associate Director has been a very proud moment in my career and as the first woman in the business to be promoted to this level proves that BSD does not see this as gender or technical specific status.”
“I first joined as an administrator in 2001 and I have experienced a tremendous amount of support and belief from David White in order to surpass my career expectations. When I joined BSD I was planning a gap year after my A-levels before going off to university, instead I stayed with BSD and since then I have completed a HNC, Degree and many Autodesk courses. I have learnt a huge amount about building services over the years, visiting site recently to review the installation of a complex co-ordination of an Energy Centre I modelled in Revit.
I took a keen interest in the drawing production side of the business and soon began training in the CAD team, after commitment and hard work I was moved into the CAD Manager role and in more recent years I have managed the successful implementation of BIM Level 2 capabilities for BSD. During my time at BSD I have been surrounded by knowledgeable colleagues that I have been able to learn from and also pass on my skills to others.
It’s great to look back on where I started and see how much I have achieved personally and for the business – all of which wouldn’t have happened without the investment from BSD.“
– Ellie Hayes, BIM Manager
Quotes taken from our last Investors in People Report…
“Staff feel that their efforts are truly valued and recognised by properly delivered praise, client feedback being passed on, and the team spirit engendered during social occasions. They also find the appraisals good occasions for praise and recognition.”
“This is the fairest place I’ve ever worked. They really look after all of us”.
“I moved away, but the grass was not greener. I wanted to move up the ladder, but the new place was not right for me. I have now been given the opportunity, and everything is now good”.
“They give us a good holiday allowance, and they really try to make us take our holidays. The same applies to lunch breaks, and they’re extremely flexible when it comes to childcare or illness”.
“We have weekly meetings, where work-load is discussed, and if it’s felt that someone is getting overloaded, extra help is brought in or we can sometimes send part of it to another office”.
“One thing they do very well is to make us feel relaxed. We get good holidays and they are very good at managing workload”.