12 Jul 2024

BCAS appoints Terry Collier to further strengthen its training offer

BCAS training appointment

The British Compressed Air Society (BCAS) has appointed Terry Collier as its Learning and Development Officer.

Terry joins BCAS with significant experience in the delivery of training programmes, gained in a variety of roles within industry and the public sector, most recently as Apprenticeship Manager at Celsa Steel UK. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership & Management (FInstLM), an Associate Member of CIPD (AssocCIPD) and holds an MBA and a diploma in Human Resource Management.

Terry’s first area of focus concerns the NVQ requirements for the CSCS card scheme, which is necessary for BCAS members working in the construction sector. In addition, he plans to develop the BCAS Compressed Air and Vacuum Technician apprenticeship scheme further.

The Scheme was first launched in 2021 in response to demand from BCAS members for a dedicated, industry-approved course that delivers the specific engineering skills required in the compressed air and vacuum industry. The BCAS board, with the support and expertise from Terry, will be working with BCAS members to help achieve suitable apprenticeship funding and to attract engineers into the sector.

With compressed air used so extensively, in applications across the manufacturing sector, keeping pace with changing industry demands is vital.  BCAS has long been recognised as a provider of training and development for engineers, technical professionals and users of compressed air. Through its eLearning portal, it is helping to deliver relevant training direct to users.

Terry will therefore work on the development of further training courses to help BCAS members, their employees and customers to keep abreast of the latest changes in the compressed air and vacuum industry – from legislative updates to best practice, to health and safety.

In conjunction with the ongoing development of new apprenticeships, Terry will also be exploring a new coaching and mentoring course, which will be designed to help BCAS members develop apprentices to their full potential.

Commenting on the new role, Terry said: “I am an advocate for the possibilities that professional learning and development can deliver and have spent much of my career mentoring individuals to achieve a wide variety of work-based qualifications, including the ILM and NVQ qualification routes.  I am looking forward to the challenge of developing BCAS’s existing and proven range of training courses further still, working directly with our members to help deliver the skills and qualifications their teams need to better support their customers.”

Vanda Jones, BCAS Executive Director and Company Secretary added: “We send a very warm welcome to Terry as he joins the team. The BCAS training portfolio has developed well over the past few years and continues to go from strength to strength.  We look forward to drawing on his extensive experience as we enable the compressed air and vacuum industry to gain valuable skills and qualifications that will uphold standards, help improve health and safety and deliver increased efficiency and performance.”