Since its launch in April 2008, 15 agencies have met HVCA criteria

Fifteen labour agencies have so far met the criteria for entry into the HVCA’s Building Services Engineering Employment Agency Alliance since its launch in April 2008.

Speaking at the first annual general meeting of the alliance in London, chairman Lord O’Neill of Clackmannan said that the organisation had created a “collaborative environment” in which matters of mutual interest and concern could be discussed and debated.

He added that, while growth had been modest, he was confident that, by the same time next year, further key labour providers would have been convinced of the benefits of signing up, and would be in a position to make the “key commitments” demanded by alliance membership.

Peter Rimmer, head of employment affairs at HVCA pointed out that, in the current recession, every company had to increase its efficiency, re-examine its working practices and streamline its operations.

“Engagement with the Building Services Engineering Employment Agency Alliance can do a great deal to assist contractors in fine-tuning their policies and strategies in the important areas of vocational training and manpower deployment and development,” said Rimmer.

“Equally importantly, it allows senior employment agency personnel more fully to understand the short, medium and long-term business requirements of their customer base.”