News https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/news.xml en Jobs for the Girls bursary open for entries https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/news/jobs-girls-bursary-open-entries <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">Jobs for the Girls bursary open for entries</span> <div class="field field-node--field-image field-formatter-image field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden has-single"><figure class="field-type-image__figure image-count-1"><div class="field-type-image__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/jobs-for-the-girls.png?itok=Lf9pba4j" width="480" height="277" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /> </div> </figure></div> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">gazza</span></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Thu, 03/07/2019 - 09:20</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p>NICEIC Jobs for the girls scheme helping more women into electrical industry. NICEIC is once again looking to help more women into the electrical industry through its Jobs for the Girls Bursary Scheme.  The bursary offers grants to women already working as an electrician or those looking to get a helping hand at the start of their career. It is open to females of all ages and can help cover training or other associated costs up to a maximum of £500. Last year NICEIC provided £5000 of funding to more than 20 women.<br /> Paul Collins, Communications Manager at NICEIC commented: “The bursary aims to help more women into the electrical industry, which is still massively under represented by females. “Our research suggests that just 1 in every 100 electricians is female. We want to improve on that figure. </p> <p>“Through this bursary we can offer practical and financial support to create a smoother route into the sector. “If we can help out those women who are just starting out or inspire others who might be thinking about a career in the electrical industry then we will be well on the way to addressing the gender imbalance directly.”<br /> One of those to benefit from a bursary last year was 41-year-old Amanda Pugh from Buckinghamshire. She used the funding to set up a website for her business Amanda Electrics.<br /> “I was just starting out on my own and although I had help with some of the training, and was fortunate to have a good amount of tools I still had to pay for additional courses, books, registration, insurance, website fees, business cards, work clothing and other tools.  <br /> “The set up costs were more than I anticipated but the bursary from the NICEIC helped offset some of the costs and meant I was able to start making money from my work sooner.”<br /> Applications for a bursary will need to be in before the closing date of April 30. A panel of judges will then review all applications before notifying successful applicants.<br /> For more information and how to apply visit niceic.com/jobsforthegirls/bursary</p> <p><strong>Below you can find two PDF case studies of women who received a bursary from NICEIC last year:</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/jobsforthegirls/Cathleen%20Cockin.pdf">Cathleen Cockin - Little Miss Electrical in Huddersfield</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/jobsforthegirls/Amanda%20Pugh.pdf">Amanda Pugh - Amanda Electrics in Buckinghamshire</a></p> </div></div> </div> <div class="field field-node-field-news-categories field-entity-reference-type-taxonomy-term field-formatter-entity-reference-label field-name-field-news-categories field-type-entity-reference field-label-above"><h3 class="field__label">News Categories</h3><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item field__item--jobs-for-the-girls"> <span class="field__item-wrapper"><a href="/news-category/jobs-girls" hreflang="en">Jobs for the girls</a></span> </div><div class="field__item field__item--niceic"> <span class="field__item-wrapper"><a href="/news-category/niceic" hreflang="en">NICEIC</a></span> </div><div class="field__item field__item--female-electricians"> <span class="field__item-wrapper"><a href="/news-category/female-electricians" hreflang="en">female electricians</a></span> </div></div> </div> Thu, 07 Mar 2019 09:20:18 +0000 gazza 8510 at https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk NICEIC now attempting to help self employed electricians build their business https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/news/niceic-now-attempting-help-self-employed-electricians-build-their-business <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">NICEIC now attempting to help self employed electricians build their business</span> <div class="field field-node--field-image field-formatter-image field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden has-single"><figure class="field-type-image__figure image-count-1"><div class="field-type-image__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/Business%20courses.png?itok=75CqP5EY" width="480" height="320" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /> </div> </figure></div> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">gazza</span></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Tue, 03/05/2019 - 16:22</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p>NICEIC &amp; ELECSA Training is introducing a suite of management courses to help contractors build their business. The business skills seminars are separate to the practical, hands on courses traditionally offered by NICEIC &amp; ELECSA. They are aimed at contractors who may run their own business or have recently taken up a quality supervisory or management role and are looking to expand their skills.</p> <p>The first set of courses in the new range will cover project management, relationship management and pricing.</p> <p>Neil Vincent, Training manager at NICEIC &amp; ELECSA, commented: “Running a successful electrical contracting business is not just about being practical and handy with the tools.</p> <p>“There is a range of other skills and knowledge required, a lot of which might be alien to the busy electrician who has solely focussed on technical work previously.</p> <p>“These courses will provide contractors with skills in additional areas which will ultimately help them build their business.”</p> <p>In addition to learning new skills contractors will also benefit by improving their business processes.</p> <p>NICEIC &amp; ELECSA estimate that around 95% of all complaints from householders relate to a contractual dispute of some format, where a basic contract has not been put in place or a defined scope of works has not been agreed at the start.</p> <p>Research carried out by NICEIC &amp; ELECSA has revealed that:</p> <p>•             80% of quotations provided by electrical contractors do not properly document the terms or conditions of the appointment</p> <p>•             74% of electrical contractors have never produced a construction phase plan</p> <p>•             45% of electrical contractors receive variation orders verbally</p> <p>•             60% of electrical contractors would invest in training for improving business process solutions</p> <p>Neil added: “The majority of complaints between a contractor and client are down to a breakdown in communication over what was agreed at the outset.</p> <p>“Such instances fall out of the remit of  our complaints process and so end up costing the contractor time and money to resolve.</p> <p>“We believe that with the right training these issues can be avoided. The courses are designed to improve planning, aid negotiation and to give contractors confidence in an area they might not have covered before.</p> <p>“It will help improve the efficiency of the service they deliver, prevent costly litigation disputes and help manage client satisfaction.”</p> <p>The first set of business courses available are:</p> <p><strong>Introduction to Project Management</strong></p> <p>A one day course that will give contractors the necessary skills and confidence running a successful project</p> <p><strong>Stakeholder Relationship Management</strong></p> <p>A one day course in effective customer communication and engagement</p> <p><strong>Introduction to Estimating</strong></p> <p>An interactive one day course to help calculate project costs and overheads for the execution of a construction contract</p> <p>For more information about the courses or how NICEIC &amp; ELECSA Training could help your business please visit shop.niceic.com/intro_pm or email <a href="mailto:traininginfo@niceic.com">traininginfo@niceic.com</a></p> </div></div> </div> <div class="field field-node-field-news-categories field-entity-reference-type-taxonomy-term field-formatter-entity-reference-label field-name-field-news-categories field-type-entity-reference field-label-above"><h3 class="field__label">News Categories</h3><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item field__item--marketing-for-electricians"> <span class="field__item-wrapper"><a href="/news-category/marketing-electricians" hreflang="en">marketing for electricians</a></span> </div><div class="field__item field__item--electricians-toolbox"> <span class="field__item-wrapper"><a href="/news-category/electricians-toolbox" hreflang="en">electricians toolbox</a></span> </div></div> </div> Tue, 05 Mar 2019 16:22:36 +0000 gazza 8509 at https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk Certsure, ECA and ESF propose to simplify who is deemed competent https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/news/certsure-eca-and-esf-propose-simplify-who-deemed-competent <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">Certsure, ECA and ESF propose to simplify who is deemed competent</span> <div class="field field-node--field-image field-formatter-image field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden has-single"><figure class="field-type-image__figure image-count-1"><div class="field-type-image__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/latest_mle_news_41.png?itok=8LknUrd_" width="480" height="253" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /> </div> </figure></div> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">gazza</span></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Wed, 02/27/2019 - 14:58</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p>Certsure, ECA and Electrical Safety First (ESF) have worked together to develop plans to raise standards across the industry. The trio are the driving force behind proposals to change the ways competence within the industry is measured. While the electrotechnical industry prides itself on a robust approach to competence and safety, and indeed<br /> has an excellent safety record, there is always more that can be done. Driving up standards of electrotechnical work is a fundamental objective if the sector is to thrive in the years ahead.</p> <p>As leading bodies in the industry, Certsure, ECA and ESF have worked together to develop a blueprint which we believe will ensure that only qualified individuals with the right knowledge, skills and understanding are deemed competent to undertake electrotechnical work. This approach will help to drive up standards, works for industry, and aligns with Government policy on technical education standards and competence.</p> <p>We have put forward proposals to simplify yet strengthen entry requirements into the industry, and ensure consistency across all registration and certification bodies. This aligns with our thinking that all applicants to a scheme should be from one of two routes: the apprenticeship route, or the experienced worker route.</p> <p>The proposals will ensure that individuals seeking to become a qualified supervisor or electrical operative undertaking periodic inspection must have the following:</p> <ul><li>an electrotechnical apprenticeship (or proscribed alternative)</li> <li>a minimum of two years’ experience</li> <li>a recognised knowledge of the latest Wiring Regulations</li> <li>be well versed in inspection and testing electrotechnical installations</li> </ul><p>The proposal is fairly straightforward to implement for new applications. However, there remains a challenge for existing registrants. Our proposal is that there must be proportionate quality management systems, for new and existing registrants, in place for demonstrating business process and operative competence. This would need to be assessed in situ as part of the ongoing assessment process by registration and certification body assessors.</p> <p>We believe that this proposal is the best way to properly ensure the competence of the registered organisation, qualified supervisors, and operatives undertaking electrotechnical work and provide the consumer protections that are required.</p> </div></div> </div> <div class="field field-node-field-news-categories field-entity-reference-type-taxonomy-term field-formatter-entity-reference-label field-name-field-news-categories field-type-entity-reference field-label-above"><h3 class="field__label">News Categories</h3><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item field__item--niceic"> <span class="field__item-wrapper"><a href="/news-category/niceic" hreflang="en">NICEIC</a></span> </div><div class="field__item field__item--electrical-safety-first"> <span class="field__item-wrapper"><a href="/news-category/electrical-safety-first" hreflang="en">Electrical Safety First</a></span> </div><div class="field__item field__item--eca"> <span class="field__item-wrapper"><a href="/news-category/eca" hreflang="en">eca</a></span> </div></div> </div> Wed, 27 Feb 2019 14:58:10 +0000 gazza 8508 at https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk Mr. Electric and Plug-N-Go provide electric vehicle charging https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/news/mr-electric-and-plug-n-go-provide-electric-vehicle-charging <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">Mr. Electric and Plug-N-Go provide electric vehicle charging</span> <div class="field field-node--field-image field-formatter-image field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden has-single"><figure class="field-type-image__figure image-count-1"><div class="field-type-image__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/Keith%20Hounsell%2C%20Plug-N-Go%2C%20Yvonne%20Viggers%2C%20Buzzards%20Valley%20and%20Dominic%20Longley%2C%20Mr.%20Electric.JPG?itok=NnPr5mSf" width="480" height="321" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /> </div> </figure></div> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">gazza</span></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Wed, 02/27/2019 - 07:01</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p>A new collaboration to provide a full turnkey funded solution for electric vehicle (EV) charging across the UK has been announced between Mr. Electric®, the UK’s leading electrical franchise brand, and Plug-N-Go, a market leading solution for funded EV Charging Systems.  Together, the two organisations offer a fully integrated EV charging solution, which is risk and cost free, across public and private accessed sites, and will include everything from supplying, installing, maintaining and the management of charge points throughout the contract term. </p> <p>Authorised Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) installers of EV charging points, Mr. Electric and Plug-N-Go will work with a number of leading EV equipment service providers, who Mr. Electric already work with, to install easy to use chargers operated on an ‘open charging’ model, enabling people to use them on a pay-as-you-go basis. </p> <p>Mr. Electric’s network of franchised NICEIC approved electrical experts will carry out the installation and management of the charging points. Plug-N-Go will do the maintenance and provide a single contract for all its infrastructure through the contract.</p> <p>Midlands based Buzzards Valley Vineyard &amp; Bistro, a commercial centre with four different businesses, including fishing lakes, a restaurant, shop and artisan market, recently installed the two Plug-N-Go fully funded, EV charge points in its car park for customers to use. </p> <p>Yvonne Viggers, co-owner of Buzzards Valley, said: “It made total business and environmental sense for us to provide an electric vehicle (EV) solution for our customers, particularly when we knew we were eligible for a Government grant to pay the cost of the installation.   It is a win-win for both us and our customers as it doesn’t cost either of us a penny.  We very much see this as a long term investment for the growth of our business and believe that every public car park should offer similar EV facilities, particularly if we are to see mass adoption on our roads in the future.”</p> <p>Pierre Jeannes, VP of Operations for Mr. Electric, said: “With such strong environmental credentials, full electric and plug-in hybrid cars are now growing in popularity with many more people now purchasing them as we see an increase in both performance and range.  Our collaboration with Plug-N-Go will now enable us to provide a cost-effective, high quality and reliable EV charging solution for consumers and businesses, and together, we have the expertise to help provide the technical products, skills and manpower to install EV charging points across the UK.”</p> <p>Keith Hounsell, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Plug-N-Go, added: “We believe that charging an electric vehicle should be quick and easy.  By building a national network of EV charge points, we can help our customers to improve their business' sustainability and public reputation. We recognise the financial restrictions that local authorities and businesses are facing when trying to meet customer needs, so by teaming up with Mr. Electric, we now have an accredited network of electricians located nationally who can help us to make EV charging as seamless and accessible as possible.” </p> <p>Dominic Longley, Manager of Mr. Electric Birmingham North, said: “Already we have seen a record number of EV charging installations since the start of the year, as many more customers are making the switch to electric.  Buzzards Valley is a great example of how a business is supporting the growing need for sustainable green transport and providing a cost-effective solution for its customers.  People want EV peace of mind and to know that when they arrive at their chosen location they will be able to charge their vehicle.  Electric vehicles need charging points and this where we can help by working closely with Plug-N-Go to provide comprehensive EV solutions.”</p> <p>For further information about Mr. Electric and the services it offers, visit mr-electric.co.uk or call 0800 7311 606.</p> </div></div> </div> <div class="field field-node-field-news-categories field-entity-reference-type-taxonomy-term field-formatter-entity-reference-label field-name-field-news-categories field-type-entity-reference field-label-above"><h3 class="field__label">News Categories</h3><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item field__item--mr-electric"> <span class="field__item-wrapper"><a href="/news-category/mr-electric" hreflang="en">Mr Electric</a></span> </div><div class="field__item field__item--electric-vehicle-charging"> <span class="field__item-wrapper"><a href="/news-category/electric-vehicle-charging" hreflang="en">electric vehicle charging</a></span> </div><div class="field__item field__item--plug-n-go"> <span class="field__item-wrapper"><a href="/news-category/plug-n-go" hreflang="en">Plug-N-Go</a></span> </div></div> </div> Wed, 27 Feb 2019 07:01:04 +0000 gazza 8506 at https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk Marketing for Electricians Course for only £1! https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/news/marketing-electricians-course-only-ps1 <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">Marketing for Electricians Course for only £1!</span> <div class="field field-node--field-image field-formatter-image field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden has-single"><figure class="field-type-image__figure image-count-1"><div class="field-type-image__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/marketing-toolbox-for-electricians.png?itok=xrMV_jYI" width="480" height="270" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /> </div> </figure></div> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">gazza</span></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Fri, 02/08/2019 - 09:35</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p>ToolBox marketing for electricians are currently offering a 15 day trial into the My Electricians ToolBox. This is the only resource of it's kind in the UK. The online membership area teaches Electricians how to Market their business effectively to a Local Market. Some of the features of membership are</p> <ul><li>Advertising And Marketing Templates, that Make your Marketing Easier</li> <li>Software, Tools, Online And Live Training Events Focused On Building Your Business .</li> <li>Marketing Training That Is Proven To Work For Local Electricians.</li> <li>Mentoring From An Electrician Who is Using These Techniques Successfully</li> </ul><p>As part of the membership, you get access to an Online Training Portal, Monthly updates, Online Seminars, Access to hundreds of marketing resources prepared for you. </p> <ul><li>Hours of amazing video content designed to teach you everything</li> <li>Downloadable Templates &amp; Resources</li> <li>FREE E-books and Audio Content</li> <li>Private FaceBook Group Access</li> <li>Monthly Member Only Webinars</li> <li>Free Web Hosting</li> <li>Free E-mail Address</li> <li>Free Job Managment Software</li> <li>And So Much More...</li> </ul><p><a href="https://toolbox.mykajabi.com/a/8194/LEpYpRwH">To find out what this is all about and to get full access, all for <strong>ONLY £1 </strong>click HERE</a></p> </div></div> </div> <div class="field field-node-field-news-categories field-entity-reference-type-taxonomy-term field-formatter-entity-reference-label field-name-field-news-categories field-type-entity-reference field-label-above"><h3 class="field__label">News Categories</h3><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item field__item--marketing-for-electricians"> <span class="field__item-wrapper"><a href="/news-category/marketing-electricians" hreflang="en">marketing for electricians</a></span> </div><div class="field__item field__item--electricians-toolbox"> <span class="field__item-wrapper"><a href="/news-category/electricians-toolbox" hreflang="en">electricians toolbox</a></span> </div><div class="field__item field__item--electricians-webinar"> <span class="field__item-wrapper"><a href="/news-category/electricians-webinar" hreflang="en">electricians webinar</a></span> </div><div class="field__item field__item--electricians-courses"> <span class="field__item-wrapper"><a href="/news-category/electricians-courses" hreflang="en">electricians courses</a></span> </div></div> </div> Fri, 08 Feb 2019 09:35:12 +0000 gazza 8505 at https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk Electrical safety checks now mandatory https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/news/electrical-safety-checks-now-mandatory <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">Electrical safety checks now mandatory</span> <div class="field field-node--field-image field-formatter-image field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden has-single"><figure class="field-type-image__figure image-count-1"><div class="field-type-image__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/Phil-Buckle-Electrical-Safety-First.jpg?itok=Q1oHfkSf" width="480" height="237" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /> </div> </figure></div> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">gazza</span></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Tue, 01/29/2019 - 17:04</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p><strong>Commenting on the</strong> <strong>Government’s announcement regarding mandatory electrical safety checks in the private rented sector (PRS), Phil Buckle, Chief Executive of Electrical Safety First, comments:</strong> “We warmly welcome this initiative and are delighted the Government has recognised the importance of regular checks in the PRS, as this will protect both tenants and landlords.</p> <p>“Electrical Safety First has led the charge for this to be made a mandatory requirement for PRS homes in the UK and has successfully lobbied for them to be introduced in Scotland – with Wales and Northern Ireland set to follow suit.</p> <p>“Electricity causes almost half of all fires in UK homes, so it is time electrical safety is put on a par with that of gas – as PRS landlords have been required to make an annual gas safety check since the 1990s.</p> <p>“But it is essential that the Government provide clarity regarding how these inspections will be enforced – and that the enforcement body has sufficient funding to undertake its work effectively. We have also emphasised the importance of using an electrician who is qualified and assessed as competent, to undertake these essential safety checks.”</p> </div></div> </div> <div class="field field-node-field-news-categories field-entity-reference-type-taxonomy-term field-formatter-entity-reference-label field-name-field-news-categories field-type-entity-reference field-label-above"><h3 class="field__label">News Categories</h3><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item field__item--electrical-safety-first"> <span class="field__item-wrapper"><a href="/news-category/electrical-safety-first" hreflang="en">Electrical Safety First</a></span> </div><div class="field__item field__item--phil-buckle"> <span class="field__item-wrapper"><a href="/news-category/phil-buckle" hreflang="en">Phil Buckle</a></span> </div><div class="field__item field__item--eicr"> <span class="field__item-wrapper"><a href="/news-category/eicr" hreflang="en">eicr</a></span> </div></div> </div> Tue, 29 Jan 2019 17:04:14 +0000 gazza 8504 at https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk Beware of fake electricians posing as registered electricians! https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/news/beware-fake-electricians-posing-registered-electricians <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">Beware of fake electricians posing as registered electricians!</span> <div class="field field-node--field-image field-formatter-image field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden has-single"><figure class="field-type-image__figure image-count-1"><div class="field-type-image__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/Fake%20NICEIC%20%26%20ELECSA%20Electrician.jpg?itok=Vst-u9ey" width="380" height="176" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /> </div> </figure></div> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">gazza</span></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Mon, 01/21/2019 - 09:56</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p>A man has been jailed for carrying out dangerous work while posing as a registered electrician. John Draco, 35, of Rowan Place, Newton Aycliffe, pleaded guilty to fraud and consumer protection related offences after falsely claiming to be a qualified electrician. He advertised his services on Yell.com as accredited by ELECSA and Trustmark-despite not having either accreditation. He also claimed to be NICEIC registered.</p> <p>He was jailed for 13 months following a trial at Durham Crown Court in January. The court heard how Draco had offered to complete a full rewire of a property for £3,000, but had left it in a highly dangerous state.  When his shoddy work was challenged by the homeowner, he abandoned the job and kept the full sum.</p> <p>The homeowner got in touch with Hartlepool Trading Standards who took on the case with help from ELECSA. Such was the poor standard of the installation an investigation by an electrical engineer ordered it not to be used as it posed a serious risk of fire and electrocution.</p> <p>Work to rectify the problems left by Draco ran into thousands of pounds. Draco, who traded under the name J and A Electrical Solutions ended up paying the victim back £3,820.</p> <p>Ian Harrison, Hartlepool Borough Council’s Trading Standards and Licensing Manager, said: “This successful prosecution sends out a strong message that the courts will not tolerate rogue traders conning people out of their hard-earned cash.</p> <p>Kevan Parker, Interim Managing Director of Certsure, which operates the ELECSA and NICEIC brands, added: “We take a dim view of those who pretend to be registered electricians when they are not.</p> <p>“We will work with the appropriate authorities to protect those contractors who are legitimately registered with us and have the quality of their work assessed on a regular basis.</p> <p>“Anyone thinking about using our logo fraudulently will be caught and dealt with appropriately by the courts.”</p> </div></div> </div> <div class="field field-node-field-news-categories field-entity-reference-type-taxonomy-term field-formatter-entity-reference-label field-name-field-news-categories field-type-entity-reference field-label-above"><h3 class="field__label">News Categories</h3><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item field__item--niceic"> <span class="field__item-wrapper"><a href="/news-category/niceic" hreflang="en">NICEIC</a></span> </div><div class="field__item field__item--elecsa"> <span class="field__item-wrapper"><a href="/news-category/elecsa" hreflang="en">elecsa</a></span> </div><div class="field__item field__item--fake-niceic--elecsa-electrician"> <span class="field__item-wrapper"><a href="/news-category/fake-niceic-elecsa-electrician" hreflang="en">Fake NICEIC &amp; ELECSA Electrician</a></span> </div><div class="field__item field__item--fake-electrician"> <span class="field__item-wrapper"><a href="/news-category/fake-electrician" hreflang="en">Fake electrician</a></span> </div><div class="field__item field__item--cowboy-electrician"> <span class="field__item-wrapper"><a href="/news-category/cowboy-electrician" hreflang="en">cowboy electrician</a></span> </div></div> </div> Mon, 21 Jan 2019 09:56:25 +0000 gazza 8503 at https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk Planned Legislation Giving EU Consumers the Right to Repair https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/news/planned-legislation-giving-eu-consumers-right-repair <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">Planned Legislation Giving EU Consumers the Right to Repair</span> <div class="field field-node--field-image field-formatter-image field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden has-single"><figure class="field-type-image__figure image-count-1"><div class="field-type-image__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/repair.jpg?itok=hFRo0tNP" width="480" height="320" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /> </div> </figure></div> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">gazza</span></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Wed, 01/16/2019 - 17:26</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p>To address environmental concerns around product obsolescence and recycling, the EU is planning legislation giving EU consumers a ‘right to repair’ – forcing manufacturers to make longer lasting goods that are easier to repair.  Commenting on this, Phil Buckle, Chief Executive of leading safety Charity, Electrical Safety First, explains why it is not quite as simple as it might seem.</p> <p>“We understand that many consumers get frustrated with products that break down just after a warranty ends and they find it uneconomical to get it repaired and cannot fix the item themselves.</p> <p>“There are a number of products which are not designed to be ‘user-serviced’ and it’s particularly difficult obtaining parts for many tech products, as the manufacturer often retains stock for in-house repairs only. But for many people now carrying their life in their mobile phone, for example, waiting a month for a repair via the manufacturer is inconceivable. Instead they are likely to take the faster, cheaper option, by using an unauthorised repair shop – which often use non-approved parts. Alternatively, consumers might buy a component online, to undertake the repair themselves.</p> <p>“However, these components can often be substandard, untested and potentially dangerous. And using a high street repairer is equally problematic. Without the technical expertise, equipment or experience, it is not surprising that complex repairs can be counter-productive, often creating further safety issues. </p> <p> “Electrical Safety First has been raising this issue with manufacturers for some time now and we are encouraging them to support a network of authorised repairers. We also want them to consider - when it makes economic and environmental sense - making products more accessible to self-maintenance. This would, we believe, provide consumers with a repair solution that meets their needs.”</p> </div></div> </div> <div class="field field-node-field-news-categories field-entity-reference-type-taxonomy-term field-formatter-entity-reference-label field-name-field-news-categories field-type-entity-reference field-label-above"><h3 class="field__label">News Categories</h3><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item field__item--right-to-repair"> <span class="field__item-wrapper"><a href="/news-category/right-repair" hreflang="en">right to repair</a></span> </div><div class="field__item field__item--electrical-safety-first"> <span class="field__item-wrapper"><a href="/news-category/electrical-safety-first" hreflang="en">Electrical Safety First</a></span> </div><div class="field__item field__item--phil-buckle"> <span class="field__item-wrapper"><a href="/news-category/phil-buckle" hreflang="en">Phil Buckle</a></span> </div><div class="field__item field__item--electrical-repair"> <span class="field__item-wrapper"><a href="/news-category/electrical-repair" hreflang="en">electrical repair</a></span> </div></div> </div> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 17:26:00 +0000 gazza 8502 at https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk Dame Hackitt’s recommendations for improvements in the industry https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/news/dame-hackitts-recommendations-improvements-industry <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">Dame Hackitt’s recommendations for improvements in the industry</span> <div class="field field-node--field-image field-formatter-image field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden has-single"><figure class="field-type-image__figure image-count-1"><div class="field-type-image__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/certsure-niceic-elecsa-logo_0.jpg?itok=52uZ-imj" width="364" height="245" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /> </div> </figure></div> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">gazza</span></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Fri, 12/21/2018 - 09:36</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p>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.</p> <p>Commentating on the recent government announcement, Certsure’s interim Managing Director, Kevan Parker said: “We welcome Government’s intention to take forward<br /> Dame Hackitt’s recommendations.<br />  <br /> “The Government has confirmed that competency, and the need for firms to take responsibility for competency at each level within their structure, is at the core of delivering improved safety.<br />  <br /> “Certsure has always advocated that competency is a mix of knowledge gained through qualifications and training, skills and experience. This, in conjunction with third party assessment and certification, is vital to delivering ongoing levels of competency, within the building sector. It also provides a simple route for consumers to raise an issue if something goes wrong.<br />  <br /> “Crucially, it is firms who work outside of these parameters where sanction is needed and we are encouraged by the Housing Secretary’s comments to take action against incompetent firms who fail to demonstrate the necessary levels of protection required.<br />  <br /> Certsure will continue to work with colleagues across the sector to take forward the Government’s proposals to raise standards and drive cultural change in our industry.”</p> </div></div> </div> <div class="field field-node-field-news-categories field-entity-reference-type-taxonomy-term field-formatter-entity-reference-label field-name-field-news-categories field-type-entity-reference field-label-above"><h3 class="field__label">News Categories</h3><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item field__item--certsure"> <span class="field__item-wrapper"><a href="/news-category/certsure" hreflang="en">Certsure</a></span> </div><div class="field__item field__item--dame-hackitt"> <span class="field__item-wrapper"><a href="/news-category/dame-hackitt" hreflang="en">Dame Hackitt</a></span> </div><div class="field__item field__item--niceic"> <span class="field__item-wrapper"><a href="/news-category/niceic" hreflang="en">NICEIC</a></span> </div><div class="field__item field__item--elecsa"> <span class="field__item-wrapper"><a href="/news-category/elecsa" hreflang="en">elecsa</a></span> </div></div> </div> Fri, 21 Dec 2018 09:36:58 +0000 gazza 8501 at https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk Over 65s in Wales in greater risk of Electrical Fire https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/news/over-65s-wales-greater-risk-electrical-fire <span class="field field-name-title field-formatter-string field-type-string field-label-hidden">Over 65s in Wales in greater risk of Electrical Fire</span> <div class="field field-node--field-image field-formatter-image field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden has-single"><figure class="field-type-image__figure image-count-1"><div class="field-type-image__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/latest%20mle%20news.png?itok=oCveW5Nt" width="480" height="253" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-large" /> </div> </figure></div> <span class="field field-name-uid field-formatter-author field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">gazza</span></span> <span class="field field-name-created field-formatter-timestamp field-type-created field-label-hidden">Thu, 11/29/2018 - 08:38</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field-node--body field-formatter-text-default field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden has-single"><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item"><p>New research has found that if you are isolated and over 65 in Wales, you are at much greater risk from electrical fires. In fact, older people living alone experienced three times more electrical fires than the same age group who cohabit<a href="https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#m_-9206181845363502334__edn1">[i]</a>.  Last year, a shocking <strong>311<a href="https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#m_-9206181845363502334__edn2"><strong>[ii]</strong></a> </strong>accidental electrical fires occurred in the homes of older people in Wales. Of these, <strong>76%</strong> were in the homes of those living completely alone<a href="https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#m_-9206181845363502334__edn3">[iii]</a>.</p> <p>The research – which was undertaken by leading consumer protection Charity, Electrical Safety First - surveyed Welsh adults over the age of 65, to determine how vulnerable those living alone feel about potential electric fires. Results showed that nearly 1 in 6 believed they would be less at risk if they were living with someone else<a href="https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#m_-9206181845363502334__edn4">[iv]</a>.  It’s a view supported by government data - o<strong>f all the accidental electrical fires</strong> that occurred in Wales betwen 2016/17, nearly <strong>22% directly affected older people living alone<a href="https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#m_-9206181845363502334__edn5"><strong>[v]</strong></a>.</strong></p> <p>Sadly, the Charity discovered that, on average, many older people go 6 months without seeing a family member, friend, or neighbour, who they rely on to check their electrics<a href="https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#m_-9206181845363502334__edn6">[vi]</a>. With almost half of those surveyed admitting they do not know the warning signs of dangerous or damaged electrics<a href="https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#m_-9206181845363502334__edn7">[vii]</a>, Electrical Safety First is urging people to pop in to see older relatives, friends and neighbours, to perform some basic electrical checks.</p> <p>“We are urging Welsh communities to visit older people who may be living alone”, said Phil Buckle, Chief Executive of Electrical Safety First. “Our findings revealing the disturbing number of electrical fires affecting this demographic but we can all do our part to address this issue. Checking in on your older neighbour, friend or relative won’t only help tackle loneliness but could save a life. You may discover something that prevents a serious incident from occurring and with your help, we can change things for the better.”</p> <p>Electrical Safety First has developed a range of tools and guides to help keep older people safe in their own homes. For more information, visit: <a href="https://www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/guides-and-advice/for-older-people/">https://www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/guides-and-advice/for-older-people/</a></p> <p>  </p> <p><a href="https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#m_-9206181845363502334__ednref1">[i]</a> Based on analysis of data provided by Stats Wales of all dwelling accidental electrical fires 2016/17 whereby people over a pensionable age cohabiting experienced 72 accidental electrical fires compared to 239 of those over a pensionable age living alone.</p> <p><a href="https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#m_-9206181845363502334__ednref2">[ii]</a> Based on analysis of data provided by Stats Wales of whereby 311 accidental fires occurred in dwellings whereby the ignition/power source was deemed electrical and the occupant was over a pensionable age.</p> <p><a href="https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#m_-9206181845363502334__ednref3">[iii]</a> Of these 311 accidental electrical fires that affected a person over a pensionable age 239 occurred in the homes of older people who lived completely alone.</p> <p><a href="https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#m_-9206181845363502334__ednref4">[iv]</a> Based on consumer research commissioned by Electrical Safety First surveying 1,000 people over the age of 65 in Great Britain. Of those surveyed in Wales who live alone 14.8% said they would feel less at risk of an electrical fire if they were to live with someone else.</p> <p><a href="https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#m_-9206181845363502334__ednref5">[v]</a> Based on analysis of Stats Wales fire data, 1,093 accidental electrical fires occurred in dwellings in Wales 2016/17 of which 239 occurred in the homes of people over a pensionable age living alone.</p> <p><a href="https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#m_-9206181845363502334__ednref6">[vi]</a> Consumer research commissioned by Electrical Safety First whereby those over the age of 65 that rely solely on a friend, family member, neighbour or carer to check their electrics go on average, 26.81 weeks without seeing that person.</p> <p><a href="https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#m_-9206181845363502334__ednref7">[vii]</a> Consumer research commissioned by Electrical Safety First whereby 46.9% of those surveyed in Wales said they did not know the warning signs something could be wrong with the electrics in their home.</p> </div></div> </div> <div class="field field-node-field-news-categories field-entity-reference-type-taxonomy-term field-formatter-entity-reference-label field-name-field-news-categories field-type-entity-reference field-label-above"><h3 class="field__label">News Categories</h3><div class="field__items"><div class="field__item field__item--electrical-fire-safety"> <span class="field__item-wrapper"><a href="/news-category/electrical-fire-safety" hreflang="en">electrical fire safety</a></span> </div><div class="field__item field__item--electrical-safety-first"> <span class="field__item-wrapper"><a href="/news-category/electrical-safety-first" hreflang="en">Electrical Safety First</a></span> </div></div> </div> Thu, 29 Nov 2018 08:38:35 +0000 gazza 8499 at https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk