The British Institute of KBB Installation (BiBKKI) has announced the launch of the BiKBBI Education Steering Committee as part of its ongoing strategy to build a sustainable workforce of the future for the KBB installation sector.
The BiKBBI represents thousands of installation businesses and installers nationwide, and says it is now using its network to assemble stakeholders, advisors and sector specialists to determine the direction of the organisation in the development and support of education within the KBB installation sector. The BiKBBI ESC has been created to facilitate debate on important issues facing the sector, define areas of focus in line with industry needs, identify goals and objectives and provide an effective forum for decision-making, and will primarily concentrate on apprenticeships, CPD and retraining.
The committee consists of a committee chairperson and 10 committee members and was assembled via a targeted recruitment process, ensuring representation from all areas of the sector, and all committee members possess the required skill, experience and enthusiasm to drive positive change. The ESC chair will be Hannah Hockley from TAP, BiKBBI's appointed apprenticeships partner. Board members include Tom Reynolds (BMA), Jerry Whiteley (CiPHE), Lisa Williamson (Achieve + Partners), Barry Moss (LEAP), Andy Rayner (Travis Perkins), Stephen Johnson (Quooker), Emma Leech (Howdens), Carl Terlecki (Terlecki Limited), Kerry Wilson (BMF) and Rebecca Bertram-Smith (The Furniture Maker’s Company).
Damian Walters, CEO of BiKBBI, commented: "With an ageing workforce and declining numbers of compliant installation specialists, our industry faces an unprecedented challenge... The creation of the BiKBBI Education Steering Committee is the next level of collaboration for BiKBBI, as we create a forum for all areas of the industry to discuss, debate and decide on key topics that will work towards solving the mounting skills gap crisis and build a legacy to ensure a sustainable workforce for the future."