My Local Electrician - Electricians News Magazine and Business Listings https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/ en The Electrical Apprentice of the Year competition moves to next stage https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/news/electrical-apprentice-year-competition-moves-next-stage <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">The Electrical Apprentice of the Year competition moves to next stage</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/1" lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">gazza</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 13/02/2020</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-mt-subheader-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>More than one hundred apprentices move on to stage two of competition - After more than a month of marking and deliberation from the judges, the second stage of The Electrical Apprentice of the Year competition, which is run in association with competition partners, Scolmore Group and Voltimum, is underway.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <a class="image-popup overlayed" href="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/2020%20Electrical%20Apprentice%20of%20the%20Year%20Competition%20LOGO_0.png"><img src="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/fancyload/large/202020Electrical20Apprentice20of20the20Year20Competition20LOGO_0.png" width="750" height="499" alt="The Electrical Apprentice of the Year" title="The Electrical Apprentice of the Year" class="fancyload" data-src="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020%20Electrical%20Apprentice%20of%20the%20Year%20Competition%20LOGO_0.png?itok=wO4FR1p-" style="background-color:#1A1617;" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <noscript> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020%20Electrical%20Apprentice%20of%20the%20Year%20Competition%20LOGO_0.png?itok=wO4FR1p-" width="750" height="499" alt="The Electrical Apprentice of the Year" title="The Electrical Apprentice of the Year" /> </noscript> <span class="overlay"><i class="fa fa-plus"></i></span></a> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>More than 540 electrical students completed the first stage of the competition – an online exam comprising of 40 multiple choice questions relating to electrical installations. Now the top 20% of entrants will go to the second heat of the competition where they will take part in a two-hour written exam held at several locations across the UK.</p> <p>Kicking off in Corby, the second stage of this year’s competition will test the apprentices understanding and knowledge of installation practices in a two-hour written exam.</p> <p>Darren Staniforth, group senior technical presenter for NICEIC and ELECSA said:</p> <p>“This is the fifth year we have run the competition and the benchmark score to qualify for stage two has gone up each year. This is the great news for the judges and is very promising for the industry as a whole.</p> <p>“Each year, we see more and more entrants with a better understanding of the requirements to be an electrician enter the competition. These bright and talented young men and women are coming to the end of their apprenticeships and will be taking on work of their own in the near future so it is vital we promote and encourage these talented individuals and apprenticeships as a whole to others working in the industry.</p> <p>The second stage of the competition will run until April. The eight highest scoring students will then go through to the Grand Final which will take place at Scolmore Group HQ, one of the competition partners.</p> <p>Marie Parry, group marketing director for Scolmore Group said:</p> <p>“We are very proud of our involvement in this competition over the five years since it was launched and we’re delighted to see it continue to grow in stature. We know from talking to the finalists over the years what a key role the competition has played in boosting confidence and helping them to achieve success in their chosen careers.”</p> <p>Eddie Embleton, Managing Director of Voltimum UK said:</p> <p>“Voltimum is really pleased to be supporting this wonderful competition which promotes excellence and celebrates the young people taking part. ElectricalApprentice.co.uk was established to support apprentices and it’s nice to know that the standard of the competition is growing each year which is great for our industry.”  </p> <p>The competition is not only an opportunity for students to prove their knowledge and abilities but also a chance to win some fantastic prizes.</p> <p>All those taking part in stage two will receive a goody bag from NICEIC and ELECSA, Scolmore Group and Electrical Apprentice; with the eight finalists also getting a brand new iPad courtesy of Scolmore Group.</p> <p>Scolmore Group is also supplying the main prizes for the winner and two runners up. The overall winner will walk off with a £2,000 holiday voucher, the runner up will take home a £750 holiday voucher and the third place candidate will receive a £250 holiday voucher.</p> <p>The college that produces the overall winner will receive £1,000 worth of Scolmore Group products, while the employer will also receive one year’s free registration with NICEIC or ELECSA.</p> <p>For more information about the competition, visit <a href="http://www.niceic.com/apprentice">www.niceic.com/apprentice</a>.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <h3 class="field__label">Tags</h3> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/electrical-apprentice-year-0" hreflang="en">The Electrical Apprentice of the Year, </a></li> </ul> </div><section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/electrical-apprentice-year" hreflang="en">Electrical Apprentice of the Year</a></li> </ul> </div> Thu, 13 Feb 2020 07:25:36 +0000 gazza 8549 at https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/news/electrical-apprentice-year-competition-moves-next-stage#comments Hey Alexa, Find me Electrical Safety Product Recalls https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/news/hey-alexa-electrical-safety-product-recalls <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Hey Alexa, Find me Electrical Safety Product Recalls</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/1" lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">gazza</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 29/01/2020</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-mt-subheader-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Leading consumer protection charity, Electrical Safety First, has launched a new Alexa app, to help slash the number of electrical fires in UK homes.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <a class="image-popup overlayed" href="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/amazon_alexa_electrical_safety_first.png"><img src="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/fancyload/large/amazon_alexa_electrical_safety_first.png" width="750" height="499" alt="Amazon Alexa Electrical Safety First" title="Amazon Alexa Electrical Safety First" class="fancyload" data-src="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/amazon_alexa_electrical_safety_first.png?itok=t63J_dW5" style="background-color:#BBACA2;" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <noscript> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/amazon_alexa_electrical_safety_first.png?itok=t63J_dW5" width="750" height="499" alt="Amazon Alexa Electrical Safety First" title="Amazon Alexa Electrical Safety First" /> </noscript> <span class="overlay"><i class="fa fa-plus"></i></span></a> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Using voice technology to easily access information on product recalls, consumers can effortlessly discover if they have a recalled electrical item - simply by giving Alexa the item’s brand name.</p> <p>Currently, product recalls achieve a success rate of just 10-20%, leaving a host of potentially unsafe electricals items still in use and presenting a significant risk of fire. In fact, research by the Charity indicates almost 270 million unregistered electrical products are still in UK homes[1]. As only those consumers who register an item can be easily contacted in the case of a product recall, this means that there is a significant proportion of the population who won’t know if one of their appliances is a safety risk. Electrical Safety First’s new Alexa app aims to boost those recall rates, preventing electrical fires caused by faulty devices.</p> <p>“Electricity is responsible for over half of all UK domestic fires”, explains Emma Drackford, Director of Communications for Electrical Safety First. “In 2017, almost 5,000 fires[2] were caused by faulty electrical appliances and leads, including recalled items - the equivalent of 13 fires per day across the UK[3].</p> <p>“We are committed to using every advantage provided by new technology to reduce this risk. We hope that by launching the Alexa app, people will use it to make ad-hoc checks while doing chores around the house, without having to open a website. It’s all about removing barriers and giving our audience the tools they need to use their electrical products more safely.”</p> <p>Electrical Safety First worked with Manchester-based, digital agency Absurd, to develop and build the app.</p> <p> [1] Consumer research commissioned by Electrical Safety First and conducted by Censuswide surveying 5,000 people in the UK nationally representative of the population, found that respondents had an average of 9.86 unregistered electrical products in their home out of an average of 15.04 in total. This figure multiplied by the number of households in the UK according to ONS (27.2 million as of 2017) results in 267,648,000.</p> <p>[2] 4,732 accidental domestic fires caused by faulty appliances and leads where the source of ignition was electric.<br /> England: Figures from financial year 2016/17. Accessible at: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/fire-statistics-data-tables#incident-level-datasets">https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/fire-statistics-dat…</a>. Wales: StatsWales statistics on incidents attended by Fire and Rescue Services. Figures from financial year 2016/17. Accessible at:<a href="https://statswales.gov.wales/Catalogue/Community-Safety-and-Social-Inclusion/Community-Safety/Fire-Incidents/Fires-and-False-Alarms/accidentalprimaryfires-by-cause-sourceignition">https://statswales.gov.wales/Catalogue/Community-Safety-and-Social-Incl…</a> Scotland: Freedom of Information request sent to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, June 2016.</p> <p>[3] 4,732 fires is the equivalent of 12.96 fires per day</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <h3 class="field__label">Tags</h3> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/alexa-electrical-safety" hreflang="en">Alexa electrical safety</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/alexa-electrical-app" hreflang="en">Alexa electrical app</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/alexa-electrical-safety-first" hreflang="en">Alexa Electrical Safety First</a></li> </ul> </div><section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/electrical-safety" hreflang="en">Electrical safety</a></li> </ul> </div> Wed, 29 Jan 2020 14:31:31 +0000 gazza 8548 at https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk Financial Protection for home improvements, repairs, maintenance or energy efficiencies in or around the home https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/news/financial-protection-home-improvements-repairs-maintenance-or-energy-efficiencies-or-around <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Financial Protection for home improvements, repairs, maintenance or energy efficiencies in or around the home</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/1" lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">gazza</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 17/01/2020</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-mt-subheader-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>A new Financial Protection Panel of independent experts and industry representatives has been formed by TrustMark, the Government Endorsed Quality scheme, to assess the financial protection available to consumers looking to undertake any home improvements, repairs, maintenance or energy efficiencies in or around the home.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <a class="image-popup overlayed" href="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/Lynn%20Hugo%2C%20TrustMark%27s%20Non-Executive%20Financial%20Protection%20Director.jpg"><img src="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/fancyload/large/Lynn20Hugo2C20TrustMark27s20Non-Executive20Financial20Protection20Director.png" width="750" height="499" alt="TrustMark’s Non-Executive Finance Protection Director, Lynn Hugo" title="TrustMark’s Non-Executive Finance Protection Director, Lynn Hugo" class="fancyload" data-src="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/Lynn%20Hugo%2C%20TrustMark%27s%20Non-Executive%20Financial%20Protection%20Director.jpg?itok=UJpKw2Zj" style="background-color:#A29278;" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <noscript> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/Lynn%20Hugo%2C%20TrustMark%27s%20Non-Executive%20Financial%20Protection%20Director.jpg?itok=UJpKw2Zj" width="750" height="499" alt="TrustMark’s Non-Executive Finance Protection Director, Lynn Hugo" title="TrustMark’s Non-Executive Finance Protection Director, Lynn Hugo" /> </noscript> <span class="overlay"><i class="fa fa-plus"></i></span></a> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><font color="#000000" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">The panel aims to provide reassurance to consumers that if they employ a TrustMark Registered Business they will have the correct financial protection mechanisms in place, such as insurance backed guarantees and warranties, that will protect prepayments, deposits, post completion workmanship, rectification of defects or major damage and non-compliance with Building Regulations as a minimum.</font></p> <p>Chaired by TrustMark’s Non-Executive Finance Protection Director, Lynn Hugo, the Finance Protection Panel is a working group that consists of two layers – the ‘Finance Protection Oversight Panel’ and the ‘Industry Assessment Panel’.  Together their collaboration will bring together a wealth of knowledge, proficiency and views to ensure that the financial protection stage of the consumer journey is safer and there are no gaps in the provision of consumer protection.</p> <p>The Finance Protection Oversight Panel is made up of well-respected senior industry experts in regulation, insurance, finance, consumer protection and legal and they will appraise and validate the different financial protection policies from the TrustMark Scheme Providers to ensure they are providing fair terms without consumer detriment and abide by the Consumer Rights Act 2015.  Supporting this panel will be the Industry Assessment Panel, which is a representation of TrustMark Scheme Providers, and they will review and focus on each of the financial provider policies to ensure they are all offering a robust and impartial method of financial protection for use within their schemes. </p> <p>Lynn Hugo, says: “The Financial Protection Panel is a collaborative approach from the industry to provide the consumer with optimal protection for any work they choose to have  carried out by a TrustMark Registered Business.  We will only accept financial protection schemes that have been through rigorous approval and meet the TrustMark Framework Requirements and appropriate standard of financial protection.  We have a fantastic team who are committed to enhancing consumer protection, and by working together, we can ensure that the consumer journey is as safe and secure as possible.  Consumer protection is at the heart of TrustMark’s vision and service delivery, so this is one important step to achieving this.”</p> <p>A register of verified financial protection schemes will be published by TrustMark and be publicly available for both consumers and businesses on the TrustMark website under ‘Services’ heading.  All works carried out in and around the home will have financial protection as required by the Framework Operating Requirements including all energy efficiency improvements, and have a duration cover of a minimum of two years, with the exception of certain energy efficient measures that will require a minimum of 25 years.</p> <p><font color="#000000" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;">The Financial Protection Panel is one of three councils being developed to support the TrustMark Board with the strategic direction of the organisation, as well as providing strong collaborations and developments to serve the industry and consumer.</font></p> <p>For further information about TrustMark and the services it offers, visit <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.trustmark.org.uk/&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1579353255914000&amp;usg=AFQjCNE0edlsY8QtEC2ItVK9MX8xvrgSUw" href="http://www.trustmark.org.uk/" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);" target="_blank">www.trustmark.org.uk</a>.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <h3 class="field__label">Tags</h3> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/trustmark-financial-protection" hreflang="en">trustmark financial protection</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/lynn-hugo" hreflang="en">Lynn Hugo</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/trustmark-registered-electrician" hreflang="en">TrustMark Registered Electrician</a></li> </ul> </div><section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/trustmark" hreflang="en">trustmark</a></li> </ul> </div> Fri, 17 Jan 2020 13:34:06 +0000 gazza 8547 at https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk Mandatory electrical checks in the private rented sector https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/news/mandatory-electrical-checks-private-rented-sector <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Mandatory electrical checks in the private rented sector</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/1" lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">gazza</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 14/01/2020</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-mt-subheader-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Electrical Safety First's comments in response to the Government’s plan to shortly introduce regular electrical checks in England’s private rented sector. Responding to the announcement of the imminent introduction of mandatory electrical safety checks in the Private Rented Sector (PRS), Martyn Allen, Technical Director at Electrical Safety First, commented:</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <a class="image-popup overlayed" href="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/MA%20headshot.jpg"><img src="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/fancyload/large/MA20headshot.png" width="750" height="499" alt="Martyn Allen, Technical Director at Electrical Safety First" title="Martyn Allen, Technical Director at Electrical Safety First" class="fancyload" data-src="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/MA%20headshot.jpg?itok=mnqayYjV" style="background-color:#929095;" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <noscript> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/MA%20headshot.jpg?itok=mnqayYjV" width="750" height="499" alt="Martyn Allen, Technical Director at Electrical Safety First" title="Martyn Allen, Technical Director at Electrical Safety First" /> </noscript> <span class="overlay"><i class="fa fa-plus"></i></span></a> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 19.5px;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 24px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Today’s commitment by the Government to bring mandatory electrical safety checks into force, is a success for millions of renters and their landlords in England. It is long overdue for the dangers posed by electricity in the home to be taken as seriously as that of gas, so this legislation provides essential protection for millions. But, while we welcome this crucial step in protecting tenants, electrical safety should not be a ‘tenure lottery’. Electrical Safety First would like to see this regulation extended to the social housing sector in the very near future.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 19.5px;"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 19.5px;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 24px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">We have heard harrowing tales of fatal accidents caused by unsafe electrics in rented properties. This new regulation – which we believe will benefit tenants and landlords by protecting both people and property - will help ensure such tragedies don’t happen again.  Tenants will finally be able to hold landlords to account for the safety of electrics in their rented homes.  And, while most landlords already ensure their properties are safe, this new law offers clarity and helps private landlords protect their assets through regular upkeep of the electrics in their properties. But it is essential the new regulation has teeth and the enforcement body has the resources to take action effectively.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 19.5px;"> </p> <h3 class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 19.5px;"><b><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 24px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Mike Smith, Technical Director of the ECA has also welcomed this new commitment to electrical safety. He added</span></b><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 24px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">:<span> </span><span style="color: black;">“The dangers posed by electricity need to be taken seriously and they should be properly managed. It’s vitally important that landlords have the information they need to fully understand and carry out their new legal obligations. And that testing and inspection is carried out by an enterprise that’s been certificated by a reputable third party as competent to carry out these activities.</span></span><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 24px;"><span> </span></span><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 24px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; color: black;">ECA has long been working with its industry partners to raise safety standards in the PRS and we will now work with our members-  and the wider industry - to help ensure that the electrical safety of all PRS properties get the professional attention they need.”</span></h3> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 19.5px;"> </p> <h3 class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 19.5px;"><b><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 24px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" xml:lang="EN-GB">These views have been echoed by John O’Neill, Technical Director at NICEIC &amp; ELECSA, who said</span></b><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 24px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" xml:lang="EN-GB">: “I am pleased that the new Government has taken action in this important area.  We look forward to working with landlords to ensure they understand the benefits of using registered electrical contractors to undertake the testing and inspections that will be vital to keep tenants safe.  We remain committed to working with industry partners and other stakeholders, to raise standards both in the PRS and across the industry generally.”</span></h3> <p class="m_1445162340933343783xmsonormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 22px;"> </p> <p class="m_1445162340933343783xmsonormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 22px;"><strong><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 24px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" xml:lang="EN-GB">Additional notes:</span></strong></p> <ul type="disc"><li>The regulations requiring regular electrical checks in the private rented sector will come into force on June 1<sup>st</sup>, 2020.</li> <li>However, it is intended that the implementation of the regulation will occur slightly later – July 2020 for new tenancies and April 2021 for existing tenancies.</li> <li>The regulations will be enforced by local authorities, and the fine set locally. This can be up to £30k.</li> <li>The final details of the regulation will be debated in Parliament shortly.</li> </ul><p class="m_1445162340933343783xmsonormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; line-height: 22px;"><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 24px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;" xml:lang="EN-GB"> </span></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <h3 class="field__label">Tags</h3> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/mandatory-electrical-safety-checks" hreflang="en">Mandatory electrical safety checks</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/landlord-electrical-safety-check-compulsory-5-yearly-electrical-checks-rented-homes" hreflang="en">Landlord Electrical Safety Check, Compulsory 5 Yearly Electrical Checks in Rented Homes</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/landlord-mandatory-electrical-safety-check" hreflang="en">landlord mandatory electrical safety check</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/private-rental-electrical-safety-check" hreflang="en">private rental electrical safety check</a></li> </ul> </div><section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/mandatory-electrical-safety-check" hreflang="en">Mandatory electrical safety check</a></li> </ul> </div> Tue, 14 Jan 2020 13:39:56 +0000 gazza 8546 at https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk How to market yourself as an electrician https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/news/how-market-yourself-electrician <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">How to market yourself as an electrician</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/1" lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">gazza</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 06/01/2020</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-mt-subheader-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>If you are a local Electrician fed up with competing on price, feel you’re not getting paid enough or perhaps your travelling too far for work? Join James Dewane on Saturday 1st Feb 2020 for a workshop in <strong>Manchester</strong>, where he will walk you through his S.P.A.R.K.S Blueprint, A Six-Step System that will help you to fill your diary with quality LOCAL work.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <a class="image-popup overlayed" href="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/marketing-for-electricians.jpg"><img src="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/fancyload/large/marketing-for-electricians.png" width="750" height="499" alt="How to market yourself as an electrician" title="How to market yourself as an electrician" class="fancyload" data-src="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/marketing-for-electricians.jpg?itok=hAZdajAE" style="background-color:#8A9398;" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <noscript> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/marketing-for-electricians.jpg?itok=hAZdajAE" width="750" height="499" alt="How to market yourself as an electrician" title="How to market yourself as an electrician" /> </noscript> <span class="overlay"><i class="fa fa-plus"></i></span></a> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>In case you don’t know who “James Dewane” is: James is an Electrician with 25 Years Experience and Expert in Local Marketing. He has helped hundreds of UK Electricians to stop competing on price and into profit.</p> <p>This electricians marketing workshop in Manchester will teach you how you can also use the S.P.A.R.K.S Blueprint to learn:</p> <ol><li>How to generate all your own leads</li> <li>How you never have to compete on price again</li> <li>How to advertise effectively for low or no cost</li> </ol><p>Join James for a One Day Free Workshop, In Manchester on Saturday 1st February.</p> <p><strong>Book Your Seat at <a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://email.c.kajabimail.net/c/eJwVjssOwiAURL-mbIzkAheKCxbER-LaDzC3BS1K1VS06d-LyWzOLM5McFqH0LHkJEgAASi0ACm54GgQt963cu-1B_QNQs_vdKMujZQyf8TCBgcIYA1cWqOJRGtRGSCt0HZC2dYIlt1QyqtRvpGHmnme-S3EmR6R98-xNjl9I4t_5TnEP0zLOQUn6hsjzQYNm9yVpqXuj8s6P3vK6zJRiO8q4J87K-6USlwdd41U1uLmB2ZYPg8&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1578390271089000&amp;usg=AFQjCNGE_zLnGOoVdIi8k0t7dhV6DBqfBQ" href="https://jdewane.com/live" target="_blank">www.jdewane.com/live</a></strong></p> <p>This is completely free, with lots of value in it. So make sure you don’t miss it. The Electricians Workshop is based on James' Best Selling Book “The S.P.A.R.K.S Blueprint to Marketing…” There are just 20 Spaces Available. Bring a guest if you wish, however, you must also register your guest.</p> <p>During the workshop…</p> <p>James will show you how, as an electrician, you don’t need to depend on subcontracting, agencies or lead generating sites, you can create your own work.</p> <p>YOU don't need to...</p> <p>• Pay fees to agencies, who will send you anywhere for a few quid</p> <p>• Buy leads from online lead generators, who sell the same leads to others</p> <p>• Sub-contract to contractors, who markup on your work</p> <p>• Reduce or discount your prices just to win work</p> <p>You can generate all your own work and do it locally. So click the link to secure your seat and join James on Saturday 1st February. So go ahead and book your seat now.</p> <h3><strong><a data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://email.c.kajabimail.net/c/eJwVjssOwiAURL-mbIzkAheKCxbER-LaDzC3BS1K1VS06d-LyWzOLM5McFqH0LHkJEgAASi0ACm54GgQt963cu-1B_QNQs_vdKMujZQyf8TCBgcIYA1cWqOJRGtRGSCt0HZC2dYIlt1QyqtRvpGHmnme-S3EmR6R98-xNjl9I4t_5TnEP0zLOQUn6hsjzQYNm9yVpqXuj8s6P3vK6zJRiO8q4J87K-6USlwdd41U1uLmB2ZYPg8&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1578390271089000&amp;usg=AFQjCNGE_zLnGOoVdIi8k0t7dhV6DBqfBQ" href="https://jdewane.com/live" target="_blank">www.jdewane.com/live</a></strong></h3> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <h3 class="field__label">Tags</h3> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/marketing-electricians" hreflang="en">marketing for electricians</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/electricians-toolbox" hreflang="en">electricians toolbox</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/electricians-webinar" hreflang="en">electricians webinar</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/electricians-toolbox-marketing-electricians" hreflang="en">electricians toolbox, marketing for electricians</a></li> </ul> </div><section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/marketing-electricians" hreflang="en">marketing for electricians</a></li> </ul> </div> Mon, 06 Jan 2020 09:45:53 +0000 gazza 8544 at https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk Trading Standards Approval Scheme https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/news/trading-standards-approval-scheme <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Trading Standards Approval Scheme</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/1" lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">gazza</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 05/12/2019</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-mt-subheader-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>TrustMark and Trading Standards offers additional level of consumer protection and trade accreditation. Following on from the recent inclusion in the ECO3 regulations, TrustMark, the only Government Endorsed Quality Scheme, is offering an additional level of consumer protection and trade accreditation to both householders and tradespeople looking to do any repair, maintenance or improvement work in or around the home.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <a class="image-popup overlayed" href="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/Trading%20Standards%20Approved%20logo.jpg"><img src="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/fancyload/large/Trading20Standards20Approved20logo.png" width="750" height="499" alt="Trading Standards Approval Scheme Logo" title="Trading Standards Approval Scheme Logo" class="fancyload" data-src="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/Trading%20Standards%20Approved%20logo.jpg?itok=I-S-TNfc" style="background-color:#9ED3D4;" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <noscript> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/Trading%20Standards%20Approved%20logo.jpg?itok=I-S-TNfc" width="750" height="499" alt="Trading Standards Approval Scheme Logo" title="Trading Standards Approval Scheme Logo" /> </noscript> <span class="overlay"><i class="fa fa-plus"></i></span></a> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>In partnership with Buckinghamshire &amp; Surrey Trading Standards, the two government organisations are delivering the ‘Trading Standards Approval’ scheme to help consumers gain confidence when looking to employ a trader.  The scheme is an accreditation that reassures and protects homeowners that the firm they employ to work in their home complies with TrustMark Government-endorsed quality for workmanship, understands fair trading practices and has consumer protection as an integral part of their business.</p> <p>The scheme, which is being delivered by local authorities across the UK, gives firms local reassurance with national recognition.  It also provides firms with further credibility that they are reputable and have a solid trading history as customers will know they have been thoroughly checked and approved by both Trading Standards and TrustMark to use this accreditation.</p> <p>Simon Ayers, CEO of TrustMark, said: “With rising consumer expectations, homeowners are seeking higher levels of service and quality workmanship, resulting in tradespeople having to meet and deliver better standards of work and customer service for every job they do.  The Trading Standards Approved scheme isn't just another 'badge' to add to a firm’s website, van and marketing materials, it's an investment offering great benefits - consumers like the added confidence when seeing businesses that have been ‘approved’ directly by Trading Standards and businesses want to provide a clear message that they can be trusted and relied on.”</p> <p>Steve Ruddy, Head of Service Buckinghamshire &amp; Surrey Trading Standards, added:  "We are keen to help residents find reputable traders to work in their homes.  We are proud to work with TrustMark to provide this reassurance to residents and to support local businesses.  I think it’s a great example of how organisations can work in partnership to deliver more.”</p> <p>To join the scheme, firms will need to be TrustMark registered and then they will be able to apply to TrustMark to complete the necessary checks in order to gain the approved accreditation.  Trading Standards will carry out a background check, and subject to passing[MME1] [g2] [g3]  these safeguards, the firm will then be accredited with trading standards approved status.  </p> <p>The cost of becoming Trading Standards Approved through TrustMark is £90 + VAT per year and is in addition to any Scheme Provider fee.</p> <p>For further information about TrustMark and the services it offers, visit <a href="http://www.trustmark.org.uk/" rel="nofollow">www.trustmark.org.uk</a><br />  </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <h3 class="field__label">Tags</h3> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/trustmark-chartered-trading-standards-institute" hreflang="en">trustmark, Chartered Trading Standards Institute</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/trading-standards-approval-scheme" hreflang="en">Trading Standards Approval Scheme</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/government-endorsed-quality-scheme" hreflang="en">Government Endorsed Quality Scheme</a></li> </ul> </div><section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/trustmark" hreflang="en">trustmark</a></li> </ul> </div> Thu, 05 Dec 2019 08:29:02 +0000 gazza 8543 at https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk Electrical Safety Week 18th to 25th November 2019 https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/news/electrical-safety-week-18th-25th-november-2019 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Electrical Safety Week 18th to 25th November 2019</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/1" lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">gazza</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 19/11/2019</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-mt-subheader-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Each year, #ElectricalSafety First works with the Home Office to promote electrical fire safety in the home. Electrical Fire Safety Week runs from 18th to 25th November this year.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <a class="image-popup overlayed" href="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/Electrical-safety-week.jpg"><img src="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/fancyload/large/Electrical-safety-week.png" width="750" height="499" alt="Electrical Safety Week 2019 18th to 25th November" title="Electrical Safety Week 2019 18th to 25th November" class="fancyload" data-src="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/Electrical-safety-week.jpg?itok=SYqEDJtj" style="background-color:#95624C;" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <noscript> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/Electrical-safety-week.jpg?itok=SYqEDJtj" width="750" height="499" alt="Electrical Safety Week 2019 18th to 25th November" title="Electrical Safety Week 2019 18th to 25th November" /> </noscript> <span class="overlay"><i class="fa fa-plus"></i></span></a> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Over half of all accidental house fires are caused by electricity. And nine out of ten electrical fires are caused by electrical products.</p> <p>During Electrical Fire Safety Week, Electrical Safety First work closely with Fire &amp; Rescue Services across the UK to raise awareness of electrical fire risks and the simple steps that people can take to avoid a devastating fire in their homes.</p> <p>Electrical Safety First campaigns offer general safety messages as well as focusing on areas in the home and specific types of product that offer a particular risk.</p> <p>You can follow the campaign on Twitter using the hashtag <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23efsw&amp;src=trend_click">#EFSW</a> or on Facebook: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/efsw">#EFSW</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <h3 class="field__label">Tags</h3> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/electrical-safety-week" hreflang="en">electrical safety week</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/electrical-safety-week-2019" hreflang="en">electrical safety week 2019</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/electrical-safety-first" hreflang="en">Electrical Safety First</a></li> </ul> </div><section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/electrical-safety" hreflang="en">Electrical safety</a></li> </ul> </div> Tue, 19 Nov 2019 10:24:13 +0000 gazza 8538 at https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk Applications for The Electrical Apprentice of the Year Competition coming in at lightning speed https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/news/applications-electrical-apprentice-year-competition-coming-lightning-speed <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Applications for The Electrical Apprentice of the Year Competition coming in at lightning speed</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/1" lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">gazza</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 08/11/2019</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-mt-subheader-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Join the 350 students who have entered so far and battle it out for top prize! - Stage one will close on Thursday 12 th December 2019 - Fantastic experience says last year’s winner - For more information about the competition, or to complete stage one, visit <a href="http://www.niceic.com/apprentice" rel="nofollow">www.niceic.com/apprentice</a>.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <a class="image-popup overlayed" href="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/2020%20Electrical%20Apprentice%20of%20the%20Year%20Competition%20LOGO.png"><img src="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/fancyload/large/202020Electrical20Apprentice20of20the20Year20Competition20LOGO.png" width="750" height="499" alt="2020 Electrical Apprentice of the Year Logo" title="2020 Electrical Apprentice of the Year Logo" class="fancyload" data-src="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020%20Electrical%20Apprentice%20of%20the%20Year%20Competition%20LOGO.png?itok=cfQwBw4U" style="background-color:#1A1617;" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <noscript> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2020%20Electrical%20Apprentice%20of%20the%20Year%20Competition%20LOGO.png?itok=cfQwBw4U" width="750" height="499" alt="2020 Electrical Apprentice of the Year Logo" title="2020 Electrical Apprentice of the Year Logo" /> </noscript> <span class="overlay"><i class="fa fa-plus"></i></span></a> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Calling all electrical apprentices – be part of the Electrical Apprentice of the Year Competition for a chance of winning fantastic prizes and an industry recognised title.<br /> More than 350 electrical students across the UK have already taken part in the first stage of the competition, an online exam comprising of 40 multiple choices questions, as they bid to be crowned this year’s The Electrical Apprentice of the Year.</p> <p>Darren Staniforth, group senior technical presenter for NICEIC and ELECSA said: “I’m amazed at the response we’ve had to the competition thus far, this is the best start<br /> we’ve had in the history of the competition. But there’s still time for students to have a go and get involved.</p> <p>“As the most recognised names in the industry, NICEIC and ELECSA have a responsibility to work with, encourage and promote apprenticeships and careers in the electrical industry to the next generation.</p> <p>“Don’t just take our word for it. Last year’s winner, 31-year-old Richard Bradley from Southport, Merseyside said: ‘It was a fantastic experience and I would definitely recommend anyone wanting to push themselves further to consider taking part. You’ve got nothing to lose and you never know what will come from it’.</p> <p>“We have some fantastic prizes on offer, including a £2,000 holiday voucher for the overall winner, courtesy of one of our partners, The Scolmore Group. Scolmore also host the grand final at their head office in the Midlands, as well as the awards ceremony and barbecue that takes place at the nearby Belfry Hotel. It’s not just the contestants who get to take home prizes – colleges and employers can also win a host of other prizes by nominating their apprentices or students to take part in the competition so I’m hopeful that it will be another record-breaking year.”</p> <p>The competition, which takes place over three stages, continues its partnership with The Scolmore Group, who provide prizes for all finalists including holiday vouchers, iPads, and tool bags packed with electrical accessories.</p> <p>The Electrical Apprentice website, powered by Voltimum, have also partnered with the competition this year. Marie Parry, group marketing director for The Scolmore Group said:</p> <p>“I am delighted to see that the number of entrants at this stage of the competition has increased by nearly 50% on last year. This shows that the competition continues to gather momentum and is becoming a key event in the industry’s calendar. As a group we are very proactive in targeting the next generation of electricians and the competition is one way for talented and hardworking apprentices to get recognition and help shape their future careers.”</p> <p>Eddie Embleton, Managing Director of Voltimum UK said:</p> <p>““Voltimum are really happy to see the number of applicants this high at such an early start of the competition. As the competition continues to pick up speed, we are excited to see how we can further support and celebrate the next generation of electrical professionals. We launched the website ElectricalApprentice.co.uk to help apprentices through their education and this competition celebrates all the apprentices who want to work at the highest standard.” </p> <p>Stage one will close on Thursday 12th December 2019. The top performing 20% of students from stage one will then progress to the next stage which is a written practical exam. Stage three will see eight finalists take part in a series of practical tests at the Grand Final on Tuesday 2 nd June at The Scolmore Group headquarters in Tamworth.</p> <p>For more information about the competition, or to complete stage one, visit <a href="http://www.niceic.com/apprentice" rel="nofollow">www.niceic.com/apprentice</a>.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <h3 class="field__label">Tags</h3> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/electrical-apprentice-year" hreflang="en">Electrical Apprentice of the Year</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/scolmore-group" hreflang="en">The Scolmore Group</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/darren-staniforth" hreflang="en">Darren Staniforth</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/elecsa" hreflang="en">elecsa</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/niceic" hreflang="en">NICEIC</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/electricalapprenticecouk" hreflang="en">ElectricalApprentice.co.uk</a></li> </ul> </div><section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/electrical-apprentice-year-competition" hreflang="en">Electrical Apprentice of the Year Competition</a></li> </ul> </div> Fri, 08 Nov 2019 12:18:16 +0000 gazza 8537 at https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk Product Safety Conference 2019 https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/news/product-safety-conference-2019 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Product Safety Conference 2019</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/1" lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">gazza</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 31/10/2019</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-mt-subheader-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Get ready for Electrical Safety First’s 11<sup>th</sup> annual product safety conference, one of the major events in the industry calendar. This year’s theme is Think Like a Consumer – Behaviour-led insights for Safer Products, which will be held at Church House, Westminster, on Thursday 28th November.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <a class="image-popup overlayed" href="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/Electrical%20Safety%20First%E2%80%99s%2011th%20annual%20product%20safety%20conference.jpg"><img src="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/fancyload/large/Electrical20Safety20FirstE28099s2011th20annual20product20safety20conference.png" width="750" height="499" alt="Electrical Safety First’s 11th annual product safety conference" title="Electrical Safety First’s 11th annual product safety conference" class="fancyload" data-src="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/Electrical%20Safety%20First%E2%80%99s%2011th%20annual%20product%20safety%20conference.jpg?itok=nk26LC9M" style="background-color:#3D2C2B;" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <noscript> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/Electrical%20Safety%20First%E2%80%99s%2011th%20annual%20product%20safety%20conference.jpg?itok=nk26LC9M" width="750" height="499" alt="Electrical Safety First’s 11th annual product safety conference" title="Electrical Safety First’s 11th annual product safety conference" /> </noscript> <span class="overlay"><i class="fa fa-plus"></i></span></a> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The event attracts an extensive range of delegates from throughout the supply chain, in addition to key stakeholders and related organisations. These include representatives from government departments, manufacturers, retailers and importers, to lawyers, test houses and fire and rescue services - as well as Trading Standards and safety professionals.</p> <p>It’s this broad-church approach which is part of event’s appeal - and the fact it brings to the forefront key and emerging issues impacting on the electrical retail industry and consumer safety. So, while the focus of this conference will be on the relationship between consumer behaviour and product safety, it will also be discussing the impact of Brexit and the mainstreaming of the smart home.</p> <p>The keynote speech will be provided by the Minister for Consumer Affairs and Small Business, Kelly Tolhurst MP, with expert panels and speakers including Wendy Middleton, Behavioural Insights Lead for the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS), along with representatives from Dyson, John Lewis, Dixons Carphone and Cooley LLP.  The event will also play host to Electrical Safety First’s Safety Innovation Awards, developed by the Charity to acknowledge companies – or individuals – who put safety at the heart of product design, or go the extra mile in safety advocacy.</p> <p>At the conclusion of the conference, delegates are invited to attend a drinks reception, hosted by the charity, where continuing debate and more informal opportunities for networking will be available. “This conference will investigate how understanding human behaviour can help improve the product design process, particularly in relation to safety and potential misuse - and help in improving reaction to product registration and recall response”, explains Martyn Allen, Technical Director at Electrical Safety First.</p> <p>“Today, we are in a period of intense change – technologically, politically and legislatively. Using behavioural insights to help create safer products, and encourage behaviour that reduces risk, is key to sustainable business and improved consumer protection”.</p> <p>JOIN over 200 leading industry professionals from global retail brands, design, manufacture, import and distribution of electrical goods, lawyers, testing houses, safety experts and government bodies</p> <p>LEARN from expert speakers looking at the latest advances and solutions in connected tech to behavioural insight and its impact on safety</p> <p>SHARE ideas, findings, innovations and knowledge during lectures, panel discussions and breakout sessions</p> <p>Book your place <a href="https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/electrical-product-safety-conference-2019-tickets-68770543547" rel="nofollow">HERE</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <h3 class="field__label">Tags</h3> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/electrical-safety-conference" hreflang="en">Electrical safety conference </a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/electrical-safety" hreflang="en">Electrical safety</a></li> </ul> </div><section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/electrical-safety-first" hreflang="en">Electrical Safety First</a></li> </ul> </div> Thu, 31 Oct 2019 09:53:57 +0000 gazza 8535 at https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk £26,000 Raised by Certsure for Alzheimer's Research UK https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/news/certsure-raises-26000-for-alzheimers-research-uk <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">£26,000 Raised by Certsure for Alzheimer&#039;s Research UK</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/1" lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">gazza</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 29/10/2019</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-mt-subheader-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Certsure staff across Dunstable, Chesterfield and Mansfield took part in a two-year effort to support the UK’s leading dementia research charity. Skydives and Peruvian treks saw the biggest donation levels.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <a class="image-popup overlayed" href="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/Charity1.png"><img src="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/fancyload/large/Charity1.png" width="750" height="499" alt="Certsure staff across Dunstable, Chesterfield and Mansfield" title="Certsure staff across Dunstable, Chesterfield and Mansfield" class="fancyload" data-src="https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/Charity1.png?itok=LXZjuU5l" style="background-color:#916760;" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <noscript> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/Charity1.png?itok=LXZjuU5l" width="750" height="499" alt="Certsure staff across Dunstable, Chesterfield and Mansfield" title="Certsure staff across Dunstable, Chesterfield and Mansfield" /> </noscript> <span class="overlay"><i class="fa fa-plus"></i></span></a> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Certsure, the organisations that operates the NICEIC and ELECSA brands, has raised £26,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK). </span></span></span></span><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">In September 2017, Certsure employees chose to partner with ARUK, Europe’s leading dementia research charity, as its official charity. </span></span></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">There are currently 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia and it is set to rise to one million people by 2025. It is only through vital research carried out by ARUK that finding a solution to the problem is possible.</span></span></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Since the partnership began, employees have taken part in any charity and fundraising opportunities including charity auctions, sweepstakes, fantasy football competitions, bake sales, charity runs and more.</span></span></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Some of the biggest donations have come from a charity skydive in 2018 which raised over £10,000 and a trek to Machu Picchu earlier this year, raising over £7,000. </span></span></span></span><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Katy Abraham-Hall, regional corporate partnership officer at ARUK said:</span></span></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">“It has been a fantastic two years working with Certsure. I am so impressed, but not surprised at how much money you they have raised.</span></span></span></span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif">Certsure’s support is helping to power pioneering research that will lead to the breakthroughs we need to discover life-changing treatments for dementia. Thanks to the wonderful people at Certsure, we’re even closer to bringing about the first life-changing treatment for dementia and transforming the lives of everyone affected by the condition.”</span></span></span></span></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <h3 class="field__label">Tags</h3> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/certsure" hreflang="en">Certsure</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/alzheimers-research-uk" hreflang="en">Alzheimer’s Research UK</a></li> <li><a href="/news-category/certsure-charity" hreflang="en">Certsure Charity</a></li> </ul> </div><section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/news-category/certsure" hreflang="en">Certsure</a></li> </ul> </div> Tue, 29 Oct 2019 09:17:36 +0000 gazza 8534 at https://www.mylocalelectrician.uk