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Rogue builder prosecuted for mis-using NICEIC logo

A rogue builder, who falsely claimed to be NICEIC registered, faces a possible jail sentence after deceiving customers out of thousands of pounds. Umran Suleman, from Blackburn, pleaded guilty to 17 charges under trading standards regulations, some in his own name and some in the name of U & A Drylining Limited.

He was committed on bail to Preston Crown Court to be sentenced. District Judge Michael Hopkinson, who heard the case, said he had no doubt the offences merited a custodial sentence.

He said: "The public deserve protection from people like you.

Major new fire and security apprenticeship launches

apprenticeship trailblazer

The fire, emergency and security systems apprenticeship trailblazer has officially launched this week during a major industry event held at the UBM offices in London. The majority of candidates are now expected to formally start their apprenticeship in September this year.

The event was jointly organised by the apprenticeship employers group, alongside the Fire and Security Association (FSA), the Fire Industry Association (FIA) and the British Security Industry Association (BSIA).

Jobs for the Girls campaign nominated for award

Jobs for the Girls Award

NICEIC’s Jobs for the Girls campaign is up for a gong at this year’s Women in Construction awards.
The campaign has been shortlisted for the best staff training and development award at the ceremony which takes place in Manchester on March 1.

NICEIC CEO Emma Clancy commented: “Although more women are now choosing to take up a career in the trades, the numbers are still painfully low.

“Men outnumber women nine to one in the trades sector and through our Jobs for the Girls campaign we want to change that.

TrustMark actively supports FareShare to fight food hunger and tackle waste

Louise Cook of Trustmark helping FaceShare

TrustMark, the Government-endorsed ‘find a tradesperson’ scheme, is actively supporting FareShare Southern Central in their quest to fight food hunger and tackle waste by redistributing food to a wide range of organisations in Basingstoke and across Hampshire. Based in Basingstoke, TrustMark is working with FareShare to help increase food distribution to breakfast clubs, lunch clubs for older people, night shelters, women’s refuges, community cafes and food banks in and around the large town. In addition, TrustMark is also funding three local children’s centres in Southampton.

20 000th Approved Contractor signs up with NICEIC

Peter Mottershead - Electrician

More than 20 000 firms are now registered as an Approved Contractor with NICEIC – the UK’s leading voluntary regulatory body for the electrical contracting industry. NICEIC has witnessed an increasing number of applications from firms looking for accreditation in recent months. It is the first time in the organisation’s 60 year history the Approved Contractor roll has topped 20, 000. It now maintains a total roll of more than 28 000 registered contractors (including domestic installers).

ECA urges government to ensure 'affordable' smart meter tariffs

smart meter

Energy suppliers should be pressed to ensure that businesses and consumers are offered ‘a range of flexible, fair and affordable tariffs’ as part of the move to smart metering, according to a submission by the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) to a government consultation on smart energy. Business and consumer bodies, including the Institute of Directors and Which?, have previously raised concerns over the potential increase in customer energy bills following the installation of smart meters.

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Government-approved electrical Competent Person Scheme Operators

The list of Government-approved electrical Competent Person Scheme Operators and their contact details can be found below:

Benchmark BESCA BSI ELECSA NAPIT NICEIC OFTEC STROMA
Tel: 02380 517069 Tel: 0800 652 5533 Tel: 0845 086 9001 Tel: 0333 321 8220 Tel: 0345 543 0330 Tel: 0870 013 0382 Tel: 0845 6585080 Tel: 0845 6211111
Email: info@benchmark-cert.co.uk Email: info@besca.org.uk Email: cservices@bsigroup.com Email: enquiries@elecsa.co.uk Email: info@napit.org.uk Email: enquiries@niceic.com Email: enquiries@oftec.org Email: info@stroma.com