Major new fire and security apprenticeship launches

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).

TrustMark and Chartered Trading Standards Institute join forces further to improve consumer protection and confidence

Over the last 12 months The Chartered Institute of Trading Standards (CTSI) and TrustMark have been looking at ways in which they can deliver joint services to provide greater levels of consumer protection and confidence across the many trades delivering services in and around the home.

Electrical Safety First’s response to Whirlpool’s new advice to consumers regarding faulty tumble-dryers

Whirlpool has just updated its advice to consumers with faulty tumble-dryers. Originally, customers with these faulty machines were told they could continue using them – while waiting for modifications – provided they were not left unattended. Now, Whirlpool is advising people to unplug an affected machine and stop using them until they are repaired.
Phil Buckle, Chief Executive of Electrical Safety First, has commented on this development:

Jobs for the Girls campaign nominated for 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

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

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

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.

Assembly motion supports electrical safety for private tenants

Commenting on the London Assembly’s unanimous motion for the Government to introduce mandatory, 5 yearly electrical safety checks in the private rented sector (PRS), Phil Buckle, Chief Executive of Electrical Safety First, said:
“London has the biggest PRS in the UK, so we are delighted that the London Assembly supports our campaign for this key safety requirement.

Leading industry awards are open for entries

Engineering services organisations encouraged to submit entries for the ECA Annual Awards. The industry-leading ECA Annual Awards 2017, which recognise some of the top-performing organisations across electrical and other engineering services, are now open to entries from members of the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA).
There are eight award categories, with a limited number of award sponsorship opportunities still available to interested parties. The award categories are as follows:

ECA urges government to back tidal lagoons

Submission to independent review urges government to commit to new industry
Proposals to build a series of tidal lagoons in the UK have been firmly backed by the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) in a submission to a government-commissioned review of the potential new renewable sector.
Within the ECA response to the Hendry Review, an independent analysis requested by the government earlier this year, the trade body said that tidal lagoons offered the ‘complete package’ of long lifespan, high flexibility, and very high energy predictability.