Scottish Government on product safety

Commenting on the recent debate on product safety and the Whirlpool recall in the Scottish Parliament, Wayne Mackay of leading consumer protection charity, Electrical Safety First, said: “We are delighted that Scotland’s Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills, Jamie Hepburn MSP, supported our call for a central product recall database to be established as quickly as possible. And has committed to raising the issue with the UK Government.

New technical director appointed for NICEIC and ELECSA

John O’Neill has been appointed Director of Technical Excellence at Certsure (NICEIC & ELECSA). A well known and much respected figure in the industry, John has almost 50 years experience in the sector. He started his career as an apprentice at Vauxhall Motorsin Luton before working as a maintenance supervisor for General Motors in Canada and the USA. He returned to the UK to set up his own electrical contracting business specialising in electrical work and integrated control systems.

Earth Hour - the difference your thermostat can make

On March 30 at 8.30pm people across the globe will participate in Earth Hour. The symbolism of switching off your lights at night to save energy is visually powerful. But to make a real difference you should consider switching down the thermostat.

In households, heating and hot water alone account for 79 percent of total final energy use. Lighting and home appliances combined account for only 14 percent percent of household energy consumption.

Jobs for the Girls bursary open for entries

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.

NICEIC now attempting to help self employed electricians build their business

NICEIC & 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 & 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.

The first set of courses in the new range will cover project management, relationship management and pricing.

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