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 danger
NICEIC and ELECSA have produced a free publication for electrical contractors designed to keep them on the right side of consumer law. The booklet
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.”
NICEIC has launched an online course to help contractors understand their responsibilities around CDM requirements. Whilst the course is aimed at electrical contractors, it will also provide other trades, such as gas engineers, an overview of their legal requirements
Previously, CDM (Construction, Design and Management) requirements were more relevant to larger commercial or industrial projects.
However, since April 2015, CDM requirements now apply to ALL domestic projects which include alterations, repairs and maintenance.
Former NICEIC graduate Jack Howes was named Apprentice of the Year at the at this year’s Electrical Industry Awards. Organised by trade magazine Electrical Times the awards are one of the biggest in the industry. Jack, 21, works for NICEIC Approved Contractors Instalec Electrical Engineers, based in Luton and was one of the original attendees to come through NICEIC’s Apprentice Academy in conjunction with Bedford College.
More than 17 000 firms are now registered as an Approved Contractor with NICEIC – the UK’s leading voluntary regulatory body for the electrical contracting industry.
The 17 000th business was registered last month proving more than ever that electrical firms want to have their work checked and assessed. NICEIC now maintains a total roll of more than 26 000 registered contractors (including domestic installers).