NICEIC launches online CDM course

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.

Support for Landlords Certificate Soars Following Home Safety Event

Backing for industry-led change to safeguard tenants has climbed to new heights following the success of Private Rented Sector Safety Shocks. The milestone Westminster event was held on December 10th to showcase and promote debate on a new, groundbreaking home safety certificate and package of supporting guidance.

Government rows back on solar PV cuts

The solar installation sector today received news of the government’s finalised plans to cut solar PV subsidies by some 64 per cent, just days after the government signed up to comprehensive global plans to control climate change.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change had previously planned to reduce the Feed-in-Tariff subsidy scheme by 87 per cent, but revised its plans following sustained representation from a range of industry bodies, including the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA), who had taken the case to key ministers, MPs and parliamentary committees.

TrustMark's new consumer protection payment service sees the end of rogue traders

A new consumer protection service to help homeowners and tradespeople enter into an agreed contractual arrangement when paying for home improvement, repair or maintenance work has been announced today by TrustMark, the only Government-endorsed scheme for all trades in and around the home.

NAPIT Delivers on Customer Investment Promise

NAPIT has today achieved an ‘Outstanding’ award for the second year running after participating in another innovative customer satisfaction review, courtesy of Investor in Customers (IIC).
The accolade was received after the leading building services sector membership scheme and training operator attained even higher ratings than the previous year across all sixteen assessment categories set by one of the UK’s foremost assessment companies.

NICEIC's new training programme in Gibraltar

Electrical contractors in Gibraltar have been brushing up their skills courtesy of a new training programme developed by NICEIC.
The British owned territory, located on the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula has around 30 qualified electricians. Many of these are employed directly by the Gibraltar Electricity Board or as electrical contractors in their own right
The British standard for electrical installation work, BS7671, is similarly applied in Gibraltar, but there is no requirement for contractors to be registered with an approved regulatory body.

MCS consultation raises major concerns says NAPIT

Microgeneration installation companies could see a significant rise in their overheads if the proposals of a recent consultation by the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) are given the go-ahead.
The quality assurance scheme, currently owned by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) but soon to become a standalone company, is currently consulting on whether to increase the number of onsite surveillance visits and desktop reviews Certification Bodies are required to impose on MCS installers – up to and even beyond 20 a year for larger installation companies.

Okappy launches Market Network for tradesmen

New market network helps eradicate the problems of broken communication within and between companies.
Okappy announces the launch of its market network, which combines the benefits of a market place such as Uber, a social network such as Linkedin and cloud based job management software in order to fix the problem of broken communication within and between companies.
The Okappy platform provides a number of features designed to improve communication for companies with field service workers.

Electrical Safety Roundtable, raising consumer awareness of electrical safety

The Electrical Safety Roundtable is making new strides to help reduce hazards in the home. The growing industry forum is cementing its reputation for building consensus and developing industry led solutions to longstanding issues with the launch of a brand new website and guidance portal designed to raise consumer awareness of home safety matters.