Competency the key to safety! NICEIC and ELECSA welcome government response to Hackitt Report. Certsure, which operates the NICEIC and ELECSA brands, has welcomed Government’s intention to take forward Dame Hackitt’s recommendations for improvements in the building services sector.
Certsure, which operates the NICEIC and ELECSA brands, has raised £20,000 for Alzheimer's Research UK (ARUK), smashing its two year target one year early. Last year, Certsure staff chose to partner with ARUK, Europe's leading dementia research charity, as its official charity. Certsure committed itself to raise £20,000 across two years, but through various fundraising efforts, the firm has smashed its target one year ahead of schedule.
NICEIC and ELECSA’s 2019 Electrical Apprentice of the Year Competition is now open for entries. The competition, run in partnership with The Scolmore Group, measures the technical skills of electrical students across the UK. It consists of three different stages and regularly attracts more than 500 entrants. Technical Development Manager for NICEIC and ELECSA, Darren Staniforth said:
"Over the past three years, we have seen the standard of applicants improve each time so we are looking forward again to welcoming a new batch of contestants.
NICEIC and ELECSA have today (May 24) launched a new national consumer campaign to promote the use of registered electricians. Entitled ‘Ban the Bravado’, the campaign will look at some of the dangerous DIY electrical jobs people will take on around the home. Former footballer and TV star Dion Dublin will front the campaign which coincides with the May Bank Holiday weekend – when traditionally more DIY jobs are carried out around the home.
NICEIC has launched a new student membership scheme to offer greater support to the electricians of the future. The scheme is free to join for all students and apprentices currently undertaking full or part time courses within the electrotechnical industry. All those who join will be able to access the latest advice and support which will complement their current training and development.
Tackling gender inequality must be a trade priority, says NICEIC CEO Emma Clancy. As the nation celebrates the 100 th anniversary of the female vote (Feb 6 th , 2018) Emma says that despite a certain level of progress in other industries, gender disparity still remains a prevalent issue in the electrical and wider construction sectors.
February 6th 1918 was an important milestone in our history but it only marked the start of a journey that we are still on today to bring about equality,” commented Emma.
An NICEIC registered contractor has hit the headlines after his facebook post went viral. Steve Palmer, who runs JPS Electrical services in Bristol, posted a video about the dangers of parents using electrical socket covers. The film has now been viewed more than 2.3 million times after the story was picked up by national newspapers and TV stations.
“It has been an incredible few weeks really,” commented Steve, who has been an electrician for just over seven years.
NICEIC and ELECSA have produced a free publication for electrical contractors designed to keep them on the right side of consumer law. The booklet ‘Consumer Law for Electrical Contractors’ was developed in partnership with the Dispute Resolution Ombudsman (DRO).
It provides contractors with clear and straight forward guidance in relation to their obligations under the Consumer Rights Act 2015.
Campaign for contractors to add support and win one year’s free registration
NICEIC has branched out its operations to include assessments of workers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Although it’s still early days for NICEIC in the Middle East, the organisation has already impressed several high-profile regional firms.
Mick Dalton, Director of FM at Meraas, is one proponent of the organisation’s work.
He said: “All FM companies in the Middle East, especially in the UAE, need to raise their game and train their technical staff to NICEIC standards to ensure staff are competent to do electrical work.”