UK: The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has launched a new membership category for individuals.
The 116-year-old trade body, which has previously only admitted companies and corporate organisations into membership, says that the new associate member category would provide a ‘home’ for individuals keen to engage with the organisation and gain access to its specialist knowledge.
Potential associate member are expected to include consultants, academics, retired engineers, other experts and young engineers including apprentices and trainees. BESA says the new category will seek to “create communities of like-minded individuals with tailored content covering their area of interest and supporting their personal development goals”.
As well as providing opportunities to network and gain insights into the sector and its hot topics, members will also be given access to training materials via the new online BESA Academy.
Standard membership will cost £120 per year, with retired people and apprentices/trainees admitted for free. Workers recently made redundant will also have their membership fee waived for the first 12 months or until they are successful in finding employment, says BESA.
BESA associate members will receive a comprehensive suite of benefits including: an invitation to join relevant BESA specialist groups; the use of a special BESA logo; inclusion in social media groups; the opportunity to contribute to industry research and access to reports; political consultations and articles.
They will also receive discounts on publications and events, including attendance at the BESA National Conference, which this year is being held online on November 4 and 5.
However, the new grade of membership does not provide access to the comprehensive suite of services enjoyed by full company members, such as legal and commercial support, or the Association’s governance. Individual membership also cannot be used for project tendering purposes.