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ISSUE47

Bray

- Understanding Fugitive Emissions

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I have the best job in the World!

Why? Simple really. Aside from the

incredible diversity of our work here at

the BVAA, I also get to meet such a

wide variety of people.

One day I’ll be sat across a desk from

an all-powerful CEO – a captain of

industry - the next I’ll be with a humble

soul doing vital, but largely unsung

work in his company.

There’s the odd rogue, but generally,

they’re all pretty special I find.

Don’t worry, your High Lord of Cynicism

hasn’t suddenly become a tree-

hugging vegan! But over the last few

years, I’ve had more opportunity than

perhaps most to spend a lot of time

with the younger end of our industry’s

demographic.

Indeed, the one cadre I never ceased to

be amazed by are our Future Leaders.

By that I don’t necessarily restrict

myself to those fortunate enough

to be on the BVAA’s programme of

that name, but in the widest possible

sense. Those coming through the

ranks, showing promise and insight,

who have the drive and character that

marks them out to be potential captains

of industry themselves. One day.

And ‘one day’ is, I’ve come to

understand, a bit of a sore point.

It’s my own humble opinion of course,

but there appears to be – at least to

some of them – a lack of recognition

of their achievements, great or small.

Greater pens thanmine have described

the differences between Millennials,

my own Generation X, or indeed

the Babyboomers, steadily winding

down towards the ineffable retirement

bungalow in ‘

St. Peter’s Close

.’

The fact is though, these youngsters

are different. I was recently prompted

to ask one directly what it was that was

frustrating them so. Was it the lack of

advancement? A firm ‘no.’ There was

clear recognition that advancement

was invariably tied with experience and

opportunity. There was no gripe with that

per se

.

Was it an issue with the lack of

‘recognition’ then? ‘

Yes! Definitely

,’ came

the reply.

Were they asking for the World? No not

at all. Indeed, it appears that even the

smallest nod of acknowledgement was all

that was required. And, crucially, the need

to see a clear path towards progression,

be that a position, but oftentimes just

a clear route to further advancement,

however incremental. Perhaps simply a

positive response to funding for a course

they’ve highlighted, or indeed support for

a higher qualification, etc.

It’s not Rocket Science, but perhaps we

all ought to think back to the frustrations

of our own youth sometimes, and think

about how we can encourage those who

will eventually take our places.

Recognition!

Comment

By BVAA Director

Rob Bartlett

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Cover Image: Bray - Understanding

Fugitive Emissions - Pg: 34

Adrian from our Future Leader Programme, cohort

3, winning

‘contribution to session’

award