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More electricians needed to satisfy new technology skills demand

Posted by Elaine Hammond on 2nd May 2019

The Electrotechnical Skills Partnership (TESP) co-funded by the National Electrotechnical Training (NET) have recently released the findings of the 2019 Labour Market Intelligence report. The report gives an overview of the electrotechnical sector and the skills required to work in the sector at present and in the future.

TESP, a not-for-profit industry partnership, was put together by the Joint Industry Board (JIB), ECA, National Electrotechnical Training (NET), Unite the Union and SELECT. The partnership was created to support electrotechnical employers in order to develop and drive the industry’s skills agenda.

Concerns expressed about bridging the skills gap

The research, undertaken by Pye Tait Consulting, expressed concerns about the sectors ability to attract enough high quality new entrants into the industry to bridge the skills gap. Approximately 450 electrotechnical organisations with 19,000 employees were contacted and their findings suggest the UK will need an additional 8,500 to 10,000 electricians and 4,000 to 5,000 new apprentices over the next five years to satisfy forecasted growth.

The predicted skills increase in the sector is being driven by future and emerging technologies such as SMART technology, Wi-Fi and EV technology, as well as changes to regulations (18th edition) and public policy in areas such as fire safety and energy efficiency.

Employers believe that skilled electricians will need to do additional specialist training to evolve their knowledge and skills in-line with these new technologies. However, the following core technical skills are still perceived to be of the highest need across the sector:

Electrical installation

Electrical maintenance and repairs

Risk management and health and safety

Those Employers that were interviewed said that more must to be done to address the need for professional development of existing workers but to also encourage more electricians into the industry. Currently there are insufficient numbers of apprentices being recruited each year to meet the projected demands and even if an additional 5,000 new apprentices qualified by 2023 there would still be a skills shortfall by as many as 7,500 to 10,000 electricians.

Employers believe better recruitment can be achieved through increased industry engagement with schools and colleges and through other routes into the industry, for example those looking for a career change.

An ageing workforce and difficulties recruiting younger people puts further pressure on the sector

At present the majority of the UK’s workforce is between the age of 25 and 49 with only 15% being under 25 in England and Wales and 24% in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

An industry action plan is now in development by TESP to address the issues and recommendations raised in the report. Activity has already started to forge closer ties between industry and schools and colleges as well as activities promoting industry-recognised qualifications and the development of new careers resources. The action plan will also address how to better support small and micro businesses in the industry, as well as sole traders.

Ruth Devine, chair of TESP and managing director of SJD Electrical, said: “The TESP survey – the first of its kind in over a decade – offers not only a useful snapshot of where the electrotechnical industry and its skills-base are now but also a vital insight into the scale of the challenges we face in the immediate future. The organisations which form TESP all have a crucial part to play in shaping and coordinating the industry’s response to these challenges, and the priorities for action defined in the survey report represent an important first step. Future success will, however, also hinge on the active participation and support of other stakeholders, including Government departments and agencies, clients, training providers, other sector bodies and of course individual businesses – especially the small and micro businesses who make up our industry’s core.”

The report, which is the first in the last 10 years, provides in-depth analysis of the skills needed in the electrotechnical sector. It reinforces our belief that now, more than ever, is a great time to train in this exciting industry to carve out a career which has plenty of opportunities available to those that want to learn.

If you are interested in finding out about the courses we offer please visit our course finder page our simply view all our electrical courses. Alternatively please call to speak to a Course Adviser on 0800 856 4448, who will be happy to help.

Categories: electricians, labour market intelligence report, technology skills demand, jib, skills gap, tesp

What is the 18th Edition and why is it important?

Posted by Elaine Hammond on 2nd May 2019

The 18th Edition is the term commonly used in the industry when referring to the latest British Standards BS 7671:2018 Requirements for Electrical Installations, IET Wiring Regulations.

You may also hear it referred to as:

Wiring Regs

The Regs

18th Edition wiring regs

BS 7671

What is the 18th Edition?

The IET Wiring Regulations is a British standard for the installation of electrical wiring and is considered to be one of the most important documents for electricians in the UK. The regulations apply to the design, erection and verification of electrical installations, plus additions and alterations to existing installations. As such the Wiring Regulations is an essential publication for all professionals working in the electrotechnical engineering services industry.

The 18th Edition Wiring Regulations (BS 7671:2018), written by the IET (The Institution of Engineering and Technology) and the Standards Policy and Strategy Committee, was published in July 2018, and came into effect in January 2019. This replaces the 17th Edition, which was first published in 2008 and updated in 2015, and includes changes such as new and revised regulations, new chapters and restructured sections.

You might be surprised to hear that the first document was published in 1882, and has since been updated on a regular basis to reflect new developments and best practice.

You might also be surprised to learn that the BS 7671 isn’t a legal document in itself. It does, however, contain the guidelines and processes by which all electrical installations must adhere in order to comply with the legal requirements of the Electricity at Work Regulations. Therefore, it is treated in a similar way and is widely recognised in the industry as an authority.

Who needs the 18th Edition?

If you work in electrical installation you will need to make sure that you are designing and installing to the latest regulations to ensure the protection of persons, livestock and property, as well as the proper function of electrical installations.

Why do I need to know about the 18th Edition?

If you work on electrical installations in the UK then you need to know about the BS 7671 as this applies to the wiring installation you will be working on.

If you don’t have the 18th Edition, or don’t know what the regulations include, your installations may not meet the current standard, which could mean that your installations are unsafe or inefficient.

The IET Wiring Regulations is an extremely detailed book (referred to by some as the ‘big blue book’). It is accepted that most people won’t memorise it from front to back, and that’s Ok as no one would expect this. However, what you are required to be is fully aware of its contents and to understand how to reference them and relate them to specific situations.

What you will need, if you want to work in this industry is the 18th Edition qualification. You will also find that when looking to register as a domestic installer on a competent persons scheme, you will need to prove you are up-to-date with the latest qualification even if you have previously completed a Level 3 NVQ. You will also find that when looking to register with the new ECS Check System it is a requirement that you hold this qualification.

If you don’t have this qualification you may find it hard to secure work with large companies and agencies, as they may require that electricians working for them have this qualification as a minimum.

Please be aware that by holding the 18th edition qualification does not mean you are qualified to work as an electrician.

What are the key changes in the 18th Edition?

Examples of some of the significant changes in the 18th Edition are listed below:

Protection against electric shock – Chapter 41 (Section 411 contains a number of significant changes)

Metallic pipes entering the building

The maximum disconnection times for some final circuits.

Regulation 411.3.3 has been revised and now applies to socket-outlets with a rated current not exceeding 32A.

A new Regulation 411.3.4 requires that, within domestic (household) premises, additional protection by an RCD shall be provided for AC final circuits supplying luminaires.

Protection against thermal effects - Chapter 42
A new Regulation 421.1.7 has been introduced recommending the installation of Arc Fault Detection Devices (AFDDs) to mitigate the risk of fire in AC final circuits of a fixed installation due to the effects of arc fault currents.

Selection and erection of wiring systems - Chapter 52
This is a significant change. Regulation 521.10.202 requires cables to be adequately supported against their premature collapse in the event of a fire and applies throughout the installation, not just in escape routes as previously.

Electric vehicle charging installations - Section 722
This section contains significant changes to Regulation 722.411.4.1 concerning the use of a PME supply. Changes have been made to requirements for external influences, RCDs, socket outlets and connectors.

Energy efficiency – Appendix 17
This is a new appendix that provides recommendations for the design and erection of electrical installations.

What course options are available?

Here at TS4U we offer a full 3 day full 18th Edition course as well as 1 day update options for those who have recently achieved their 17th Edition, 3rd amendment. We also offer weekend options and online courses. You can view the full list of our 18th Edition course options on this page.

The 18th Edition course is essential for all electricians working in the UK and training is highly recommended to ensure that all installers have a thorough understanding of the new regulations. The 18th Edition is also one of the most recognised qualifications by employers.

Holding this qualification could be an indication of a person’s commitment to ensuring good practice within the industry.

This course isn’t only appropriate for practicing electricians and domestic installers, it’s also popular with allied professionals, such as electrical engineers, contracts managers, consultants, designers, surveyors. It is also popular with those working in other related trades who need to update and enhance their understanding of the IET Wiring Regulations.

If you are interested in finding out about the other courses we offer please visit our course finder page, alternatively please speak to a Course Adviser on 0800 856 4448, who will be happy to help.

Categories: wiring regs, wiring regulations, 18th edition, bs 7671, iet wiring regulations

Regular Electrical Safety Checks for Private Landlords Coming Next Year

Posted by Elaine Hammond on 25th April 2019

On the 29th January 2019 the Government announced its plans to introduce new electrical safety regulations for private rental properties in England. We expect the changes to come into effect next year and this will lead to increased demand for periodic inspections of privately rented properties.

Currently the private rental sector (PRS) is the second largest tenure in England, and houses 4.7 million households, which represents 20% of all households.

In 2018 a consultation exercise on electrical safety in the PRS was held. Views and comments were invited on the recommendations of the Electrical Safety Standards Working Group, which recommended introducing five yearly mandatory electrical installation checks for private rented properties. Other recommendations were that of introducing a new competent person scheme.

The ‘Electrical safety in the private rented sector report’ sets out the Government response to the consultation which received 582 responses from a range of organisations and individuals across the sector. These included electricians (149), letting agents, housing charities, local authorities, as well as individual landlords (231), tenants and the fire and rescue service.

Of those that responded:

73% agreed that landlords should be required by law to arrange safety checks of the electrical installations in their PRS properties

57% of respondents agreed that mandatory electrical installation checks should take place at least every five years

ECR report requirements - 64% agreed that legislative requirements should be phased in, beginning with new tenancies, followed by existing tenancies

49% disagreed that a private rented sector electrical testing competent person scheme should be set up, separate from the existing Building Regulations competent person scheme

The Government has agreed that in order to help landlords who operate in both the UK and Scotland the new guidance will be broadly in line with existing regulations that have been in force in Scotland since 1st December 2015.

Current safety requirements

Currently it is not mandatory for landlords to provide an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) every five years. The latest wiring regulations state that Landlords should keep the electrics in their properties in good working order to ensure they are safe. However, if the property is a House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) then Landlords are required by law to arrange a periodic inspection every five years.

The new regulations

The Government is committed to the safety of tenants and will be making it mandatory that an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is made every five years. For new and fully rewired properties, an Electrical Installation Certificate will be accepted in place of an EICR as long as the date of the next inspection indicated on the certificate has not elapsed.

A new enforcement date has not been set as yet, however, the report states that legislative requirements will be introduced as soon as Parliamentary time allows, ensuring industry is given at least 6 months to become familiar with the new duty before it comes into force.

A transitional period will apply in the first two years. The new duty will only apply to all new private tenancies in the first year, extended to all existing private tenancies in the second year.

Properties with an existing Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) will not be required to replace it for 5 years from its date.

Landlords will also be legally required to ensure that the inspectors they hire to carry out safety inspections have the necessary competence and qualifications to do so. New guidelines will be published setting out the minimum level of competence and qualifications necessary for those carrying out these inspections.

Tough penalties for landlords who fail

The Government has warned that there could be tough financial penalties for landlords who fail to comply with the new requirements, which may also extend to include other sanctions. These could include suspending a landlord’s right to serve a section 21 notice where they have failed to provide an electrical safety report at the start of the tenancy or failed to comply with the requirement for mandatory five yearly electrical checks.

Get ready!

It is expected that C&G 2391-52 Inspection and Testing qualification will be industry requirement for electricians who wish to carry out these reports.

With this in mind, now more than ever, is the perfect time for practicing electricians to get themselves qualified to ensure they are ready to respond to the growing needs of Landlords.

Categories: private rental sector, electrical safety, electrical installation condition report, eicr, prs

Electricians Guide To Going Self-Employed

Posted by Elaine Hammond on 18th March 2019

If you’re thinking about becoming a self-employed electrician, once you have completed your training, we would always recommend working with an experienced electrician first. This will allow you to gain confidence and experience before going it alone. You can do this by working as an electricians mate, working for an electrical contracting firm, or you may have completed an apprenticeship.

Once you feel confident that you have gained enough experience and are competent to go it alone, you may now be ready to take the next step.

Things to consider before going self-employed

Going self-employed effectively means that you are setting up a business. However, before you go much further there are certain things you will want to consider, which include:

1.  How will I acquire new customers?

2.  How would I cope during quiet periods of no or little income?

3.  Do I have enough money to get set up? – ie. buying new tools and a van/car

4.  Can I get by without having the benefits of paid holiday, sick pay and pensions contributions?

5.  Am I OK working on my own?

6.  Can I manage my cashflow, record keeping and completing tax returns?

7.  What insurances do I need?

8.  Do I need to join a competent person scheme?

What are the advantages of being self-employed?

There are plenty of advantages to being self-employed and these include:

Being your own boss – you get to have a more varied work load as you get to choose the type of work you take on.

Being able to work with more flexibility – you will have more control over the hours you work, which will allow you to arrange your day around any other commitments you may have.

Being able to achieve a much higher income - if you put in the hard work you will be able to earn more. This is mainly because you can charge  hourly or day rates, which can to be higher than some standard salaries. Day rates can vary depending on your experience and region but range from approx. £140 - £350 per day.

Offset your tax liability – there are certain costs that you are able to deduct from income when calculating your tax liability, eg. your equipment/tools, mileage, stationery, etc. To find out more click here

What are the disadvantages of being self-employed?

Of course there will always be some disadvantages to going self-employed and these include:

Start up costs – you will need to have in place some money to get you started as you will most likely need to buy new tools, a van/car, insurances etc.

Finding customers – this can be challenging to start, and you will need to find ways to advertise your services to get noticed!

Income – your income will no longer be consistent. You will need to ensure you can keep up with any bills, loans, mortgages, rents etc. You will also need to bear in mind that during times when you are off work, due to sickness or holiday, you won’t be getting paid.

Admin – when you work for yourself you will be responsible for admin side of your business, ie, scheduling in work, quoting, invoicing, insurance, etc. You will have to ensure that you are complying with regulations.

Sole Trader or Limited Company?

Once you have decided to go self-employed your next choice is whether to start up as sole trader or a limited company.

Sole Trader: An advantage to becoming a sole trader is that it is relatively easy to set up. There are also certain expenses you can subtract from your income when calculating your taxable profit, you can check the government website for more detail, but these include business related travel, business insurances, stock, etc.

Disadvantages are that it could be hard to raise finance as lenders tend to prefer to lend to limited companies. The tax rates aren’t always great especially when you reach a certain level of earning. Another thing to consider is that as a sole trader you are the sole owner of the business and as such have unlimited liability. This means that if your business finds itself in debt then you are personally liable and if things go wrong you could end up losing personal assets.

As a sole trader there are certain things you will need to do:

firstly set up as a sole trader, you can do this via the GOV.UK website

inform HMRC that you are now self-employed as you will now need to pay tax through self-assessment and pay Class 2 and 4 National Insurance contributions. For more info visit Government’s website

arrange your insurances – these could include professional indemnity insurance and public liability insurance. If you employ anyone you will also need to consider employers liability insurance

check whether you need to set up a business bank account. You may be able to use your personal account, however having a separate account will help to keep your business and personal finances separate

put in place a process for recording your profits and evidence of your business expenses – this will help when completing your tax return

if you intend to work from home make sure you check your mortgage or tenancy agreement to ensure you’re not contravening any terms and conditions

consider taking out a private pension to ensure you have money put aside for retirement. The government will still contribute into your pension in the form of tax relief

Limited Company: To set up a limited company you must register with Companies House. This is known as ‘incorporation’. A limited company has its own legal identity and as such is separate from its owners and directors. A limited company has the benefit of having limited liability, meaning that if something did go wrong your personal assets aren’t exposed.

Limited companies are also more tax efficient as you pay corporation tax on any profits rather than you paying income tax. You can also claim tax relief on business expenses. There are more allowances and tax deductible costs that can be claimed against as a limited company. For more info click here.

Despite there being more admin there are other benefits:

1.  Once registered your company name is protected

2.  You will have limited liability

3.  Increased tax-efficiency

4.  You can take a yearly dividend

5.  You will have greater borrowing power

6.  Your reputation and credibility among customers should improve

The disadvantages of a limited company are that there is a lot more paper work and legal fees to consider. These include filing a yearly annual return and annual accounts, which you can either do yourself, or hire an accountant to do them for you.

As a limited company there are certain things you will need to do if you’re changing from sole trader:

decide if you are going to be the only director or whether you want others involved

decide on a name for your company

register your business with Companies House – you will need to create your memorandum and articles of association

inform HMRC that your legal structure has changed – this is important as this affects the amount of tax you need to pay

set up a new business bank account specifically for your limited company

let your insurer know that your legal structure has changed

We would recommend that before you make your decision regarding which route to take, you first speak to a financial adviser or accountant to get some sound tax advice.

Categories: sole trader, ltd company, self-employed, electrician

Case Study - Oliver Lawrence

Posted by Elaine Hammond on 5th March 2019

Name: Oliver Lawrence

Course: C&G 2365

What did you do before you became an Electrician

I worked for larger corporate companies supplying products to the construction industry and various trades in various roles such as sales marketing, operations and management, supplying everything from drill bits and power tools to access equipment and even copper pipe!

Why did you choose to retrain as an electrician?

Having worked for larger corporate companies all my working life I wanted to become qualified in a trade with the long term goal of working for myself and creating a more flexible and balanced work life! I believe that having the right qualifications along with varied, comprehensive experience and on going development is the best way to fulfil this goal, therefore starting with the C&G 2365 at TS4U was the first step on this journey.

The electrical trade had always interested and intrigued me, plus (I shouldn’t admit this) I do like working with rules and regulations!

Why did you decide to take the C&G2365 course and how has this helped you?

I had a long chat with the office at TS4U (as well as with other facilities), they advised on options I could take such as various C&G courses or even an adult apprenticeship. I felt that working through the theory on the C&G 2365 along with the classroom practical’s suited me best, to gain the most solid foundation for working in the electrical industry.

How long have you been working in the electrical industry?

I have been working dedicated to the electrical industry for almost the last 4 years, but I’ve had the pleasure of working with electricians (and other trades) for the last 15!

Have you managed to find employment since training with TS4U?

It is hard work to find work, although I have been lucky as I had a good friend, a qualified electrician who works for a local builder. They happily let me get loads of experience working on site labouring before and whilst I was at TS4U. Since finishing my C&G 2365 I have wanted to work on a purely self employed and sub-contracting basis. I have found plenty of work through local builders and have gained my most valuable experience working for larger electrical contractors on everything from domestic work to larger commercial sites – everything from high end residential properties to a prison and even a cathedral in central London!

I am also a domestic installer with the NICEIC, I think this has been a huge benefit in continuing my development and me finding work.  

How did training with Trade Skills 4U help you?

The training has created a solid foundation for me to start my electrical career.  It has given me the basic understanding and the confidence to operate on site.

Are you planning on taking any other courses?

Yes, the 18th Edition is a must and I am really interested in renewables plus car charging and in due course I want to do my testing and inspection.

What was your overall experience with TS4U?

I think the people really made the whole experience great, not just the tutors who created a good balance between theory and practical but also knew how to adapt to deliver the key subjects in an engaging, meaningful and understandable way, but also the other students who I bonded with, shared the experience and we all helped each through.

What are your plans for the future?

I really want to complete my NVQ and AM2, I am trying to gain experience and continually build my knowledge. Whilst in the long term I want to work for myself I currently get such valuable and fulfilling work with experienced electricians.

What is the best experience you have had so far in your new career?

I can’t place a best experience precisely, I can honestly say I enjoy working everyday, working with my hands, constructing and achieving. I often find myself telling people ‘it doesn’t feel like work!’.

How would you describe the training at Trade Skills 4U?

They are professional and organised, the whole system seemed to run very efficiently from the administration through to the effective classroom based learning plus the practical albeit it in the classroom was challenging and realistic.

Categories: training, electrical course, case study, electrician

How do you ski if you can’t stand up?

Posted by Elaine Hammond on 28th February 2019

Our very own Paul Chapman, Electrical Tutor and volunteer ski guide, tells us why he chose to get involved with the Southern Ski Club for the Disabled (SSCD).

SSCD is a non-profit organisation entirely run by volunteers to help people with any disability enjoy a sense of freedom and exhilaration and to help develop their self-confidence by participating in the fantastic sport of skiing.

Based on 40 years of experience helping those with disabilities, SSCD was set-up by people who believe that the joy of skiing should be achievable for everyone.

SSCD work with people who have many forms of disability from paraplegics, the blind, those with special learning needs or MS. It is only due to the generous donations they receive that SSCD are able to provide and develop specialist skiing aids/equipment, offer ski guiding and practice sessions on artificial slopes and also organise snow holidays for groups. The organisation also runs training courses for guides to assist skiers with disabilities to learn and enjoy to ski.

We asked Paul why he decided to become a guide

I have skied for some years prior to getting involved with the SSCD. It was at a point in my life when you find yourself at a loose end due to a relationship breakup. I can’t remember where I saw the advert but I thought it was a good idea. I had no pre-conceptions of what would be involved, and I was quite prepared to just assist. But after 3 or 4 months I found myself doing more responsible jobs.

It was in 2007 that I attended a two day weekend training course at Knockhatch dry ski slope near Hailsham. We covered the basics of becoming a ski guide for the disabled, which included a surprising amount of learning regarding different disability’s and illnesses. During the training we had to experience what a disabled skier would feel when skiing for the first time.

We took turns at being a blind skier by being blind folded and then assisted by a fellow trainee to help us put on our ski boots and guide us out to the slope, which was very disorientating. Once on the slope we had to use the button lift, assisted by our fellow trainee. Once on the button lift you have no way of knowing what direction you are going in, so we had to rely on instructions shouted up from the bottom of the slope. Yes, I fell over a few times, but the trouble was you have then lost the button and have no idea of where you are.

At the top another helper was waiting to tell us when to push the button out from between our legs, we were then guided to point towards the slope, as I could have been facing backwards for all I knew! So, eventually I gathered the nerve to go over the edge. The problem was I had no sensation of motion, there was no visual reference point to gage my speed. I was in a very wide snow plough and the trainee guide said “come on let’s get moving” I really thought I was.

Eventually we got to the bottom of the slope and stopped, well that’s what I thought but skied straight into the back of another blindfolded guide and fell over with our skis all locked together and had to be untangled by others. I had no idea of what was up, down, north, south, east or west apart from knowing what time of the day it was and which side of my face the sun was shining on.

What are the best bits about guiding?

The best bits are seeing any disabled person having fun experiencing the exhilaration of skiing especially referring to sit skis where the disabled person is literally strapped into the ski and communicates by blinking or a half smile. Please see the Tessier sit ski links here.

One funny story was when a Down Syndrome lad was worried about going up on the button lift, I was with another very experienced guide who asked this lad if he liked music and told him to sing if he got worried. I went up in front to make sure the lad got off OK at the top. Well, as he got close to the top he started singing Muma Mia at the top of his voice. I very nearly couldn’t control my laughter but knew I had to make sure he got of the button lift safely. One of the most difficult bits has to be losing one of the disabled people, Finding out that one of the disabled children have passed away can be quite hard especially if you have skied with them and managed to build rapport.

One other incredible story is some years ago one our groups took a guy on a ski holiday in a lay down sledge and raced him around the mountains on it. The incredible part is that the only moving part of this particular guy was his head. He spent his life laying on his back looking at his world through a mirror above his head.

Do you have any advice for others wanting to train as a guide?

At first you may feel as though you are just in the way at times, but as you get used to the different disabilities and what we do you will soon be in the right place at the right time to assist.

If you would like to find out more, why not pop along to one of their sessions to see for yourself what it’s all about. Alternatively if you would like to become a member or make a donation please visit SSCD.

TESSIER - Sitski - Adaptive skiing - Handisport

 

Free EV Charging Seminar Now Live!

Posted by Elaine Hammond on 26th February 2019

We are excited to announce we are hosting a range of free electric vehicle installer seminars. Throughout 2019 these seminars will be aimed at both existing installers and new entrants to the industry.

The seminars will be run in conjunction with Rolec EV, a division of Rolec Services that specialises in the design and manufacture of a range of electric vehicle charging solutions. The seminars, entitled Electric Vehicle Installers Seminar: What’s the big deal? have been designed to explain the opportunities available for becoming an Electric Vehicle Charging Point Installer and will cover relevant and helpful topics such as:

How funding for EV charging point installation works

How to get registered in order to draw down funding

How to maximise the EV funding opportunity for you and your customers

How to train to be an EV Charging Point Installer

Free tea, coffee and biscuits will be available on the night and a Rolec and Trade Skills 4U welcome pack will be handed out to all attendees.

When and where?

These 1 hour seminars are being planned to run throughout the year from our 4 main training centres in Gatwick, Warrington, Leeds and our new Coventry centre. The first is being held at our Gatwick centre on the 17th April 2019. More dates and venues are planned to follow shortly, so watch this space!

Carl Bennett Executive Chairman of Trade Skills 4U said: “Following a rise in demand for electric vehicle points across the country, the collaboration between both companies seemed like the perfect match to ensure that skilled electricians are ready to work in this growing sector.”

“By combining experience in training and manufacturing we have created seminars specifically designed to deliver an opportunity to our students. We believe the government’s initiative to eliminate all petrol and diesel cars by 2040 will mean the need for installing electrical vehicle points will rise significantly in the coming years.”

Kieron Alsop, Rolec EV’s Managing Director commented: “The installation of EV Charging points represents a significant business opportunity for the electrical contracting industry.”

“A recent survey undertaken by Emu Analytics confirmed that the UK is in need of a six fold increase in EV charging point deployment over the next 2 or 3 years to cope with the charging demands from the dramatically increasing numbers of Electric Vehicles being registered.”

“As a result of this new business opportunity Rolec EV is delighted to be working closely with, and supporting Trade Skills 4U in developing a range of electrical contractor charge point installation training courses at a number of their sites throughout the UK.”

“The recently opened Rolec EV Training Suite at their flag ship training centre in Leeds highlights the scale of investment and confidence both Rolec and Trade Skills 4U have in this new EV Charging industry.”

Approved Rolec Installer’s Scheme

As part of our partnership with Rolec, students who successfully pass an EV courses with us will be automatically registered on the Approved Rolec Installer’s Scheme where their name will appear on a national database enabling them to work on jobs in the local area.

If you would like to attend one of our free seminars please click here to register today!

If you are interested in finding out about the other courses we offer please visit our course finder page, alternatively please speak to a Course Adviser on 0800 856 4448, who will be happy to help.

 

Categories: electric vehicle, electric car charging, ev funding, ev point installer

Trade Skills 4U To Open New Coventry Electrical Training Centre

Posted by Elaine Hammond on 29th January 2019

We are excited to announce a new expansion into the Midlands delivering courses to aspiring electricians in the region.

The new state-of-the-art training facility will be based in Coventry and will open at the end of July 2019. This new location will act as a midlands base from which we can deliver industry leading courses. However, all course advice, management and administration will still be covered by our head office just by London Gatwick.

As specialists in electrical training we offer the largest range of electrician courses in the UK for new entrants, existing electricians and companies from our main centres based in Gatwick, Warrington, London and a recently opened facility in Leeds. You can choose from a huge range of courses including; 18th Edition, Domestic Installer Packages, City & Guilds Diplomas, Inspection and Testing, EV Charging Point, plus much more.

In order to satisfy the high demand for the new 18th Edition of the electrical regulations, in July 2018 we introduced 4 new pop up centres based in Newcastle, Cardiff, Hatfield and Coventry.

Our brand new Coventry centre will be situated in Westwood Business Park right next to Warwick University with excellent facilities and transport links right on its doorstep.

Exec Chairman, Carl Bennett said: “With the ongoing success of the business we have made the decision to open our forth fully fledged training centre in Coventry. The new facility will be situated close to major road links, M6, M1, M42 and M69 and will open up opportunities for aspiring electricians from the West and East Midlands.”

Carl continued: “Our students can rest assure that they will receive first class training delivered by skilled tutors who have experience both on the tools and in teaching. The new facility will offer a fresh and bright learning environment built to the very highest of specifications, equipped with the latest technology in keeping with Trade Skills 4U’s usual high standards.”

Every year more people pass City & Guilds electrical courses with us than with any other UK provider and we are the first electrical training company to be accepted into the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s Centre of Excellence.

Enquiries are now being taken for courses delivered in Coventry, please call 0800 856 4448 to speak to a Course Advisor who will be happy to help. Alternatively you can visit our Coventry facilities page.

Categories: electrician courses, electrical courses, training centre

2019 Trades Salary Survey: Electrician Salary increases by 5%

Posted by Elaine Hammond on 4th January 2019

Electricians Salaries remain the highest of all trades

Each year we compile a blog post reporting on average salaries based on the data released from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) for those working in the construction industry.

Last year we reported that the average UK salary for an electrician was £30,784. This year, for another year running, it’s been a great period for Sparkies, who not only continue to earn the most of the trades but also see the biggest increase of all at 5%.

Average Electrician Salary (£32,315)

According to the Office of National Statistics the average salary for an electrician in the last year has risen by 5% to £32,315. This is the highest increase seen in the trades with plumbers following at 3.9%.

Average Salaries by Trade

The data below is based on the 2015 and 2018 Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings taken from the Office of National Statistics.

To check out what the average percentage increase has been over the last 12 months please click on the interactive chart below. You will see that most of the trades have seen some impressive increases in pay with electricians still earning the most, and are now earning around £1,260 more than plumbers.

Trades Salary Survey

The figures shown are based on the median value meaning that half will earn more and half will earn less. This is the Office of National Statistics preferred measure of average earnings and is less affected by a relatively small number of very high earners that can skew the data upward. The median average gives a better indication of typical salaries than the mean which shows salaries at £32,627.

How do electricians charge for their time?

When working in someone’s home most electricians will charge a day rate or a fixed rate depending on the job. Electricians who are employed and earn a salary are in the minority with the majority working on a self employed basis.

As a guide you could expect to charge the following for:

Consumer Unit replacement £350 – £500 (0.5 – 1 day)

Perform an Electrical Inspection report £90 – £180 (4 – 8 hours)

Install and supply a double socket £90 – £125 (1 – 3 hours)

Replace a light fitting £40 – £60 (0.5 – 1 hour)

Repair a damaged power cable £40 – £50 (0.5 – 1 hour)

Electric shower installation £250 – £400 (0.5 – 1 day)

Install an external security light £90 – £140 (1 – 3 hours)

Hourly Rates / Day Rates (£40-£60 Per Hour / £180-£350 Per Day)

Because there are no statistics available on a national level it is quite hard to obtain accurate data regarding how much is actually charged. Also, because most electricians will charge either an hourly rate, day rate or a fixed rate depending on the type of job, their earnings will fluctuate from year to year. Rates can also vary drastically depending on location and experience. However, an experienced electrician working in the South East on average charges £45 per hour or £350 per day.

As you would expect, a self-employed electrician will tend to earn more than someone who is employed. However, you should take into account that there are other costs to consider such as the cost of buying tools, vehicle expenses, business insurance and registration on a competent persons scheme.

As mentioned the average annual salary for electricians is approx. £32K per year, however research suggests that this figure is actually more likely to be around £35-40K and can be higher still for those working in the South East.

What are trainee electrician salaries like? (Around £23K)

Whilst many electricians will start out as an apprentice earning below the minimum wage, they do benefit from being able to gain a qualification whilst earning a wage. The current national minimum wage for an apprentice in their first year is £3.70 per hour, however many employers prefer to pay more with the average salary being approx. £170 per week.

However, there are other options available, and we find that a lot of our customers prefer to front load their training and complete technical certificates first (C&G 2365 Level 2 & 3). This enables students to command a higher starting salary of between £21-25,000 per year when they start working as an electrician’s mate.

JIB Electrician Wage Grades

The JIB publish guidelines to what electricians can earn on their website, however, be aware that not all employers will adhere to these guidelines.

From and including Monday 7th January 2018 the JIB suggests that the national standard rates if you have your own transport are:

Trainee Electrician - £12.08

Electrician - £15.05

Approved Electrician - £16.32

Site Technician - £18.37

And for those who work in London or the south east you should expect:

Trainee Electrician - £13.53

Electrician - £16.86

Approved Electrician - £18.28

Site Technician - £20.57

Experience and obtaining further qualifications can help towards achieving higher pay grades:

1. Trainee Electrician – apprenticeship or electricians mate usually with C&G 2365 Diplomas

2. Electrician – relevant qualifications, Level 3 NVQ & AM2 (C&G 2357)

3. Approved Electrician – as per number 2 plus periodic inspection and testing qualification such as the C&G 2391-52

4. Site Technician – As per number 3 plus over 5 years’ experience (3 of which in a supervisory role) plus a level 4 qualification such as a HNC

Ways to earn more

The salary ranges reported in this article are only intended as a guideline. Depending on your experience, how many hours you are prepared to put in and how hard you are prepared to work we believe that there is really no limit to what you could potentially earn.

We still believe that becoming an electrician remains a great career choice especially as the demands from the growing housing sector continue to rise. There are also issues around the number of older electricians wanting to retire, which will inevitably lead to further shortfalls in labour required to meet demand.

There are many ways to increase your earning potential, and this really comes down to how much hard work you are willing to put in.

1. Agency work – for those starting out working for an agency is a good option. Here you will be able to gain the confidence and experience needed to go out to apply for contracts direct.

2. Overtime – For those employed working on a job where deadlines need to be met then overtime is a great way to increase your earnings as this is often paid at a higher hourly rate.

3. Up-skilling – to improve your skills set as an electrician, further training is a great way increase your earning potential.

4. Self employed – for the more experienced electrician who wishes to work for themselves and apply directly for their own contracts, setting up in business provides the opportunity to increase earnings further.

To help you achieve better pay or a higher grade you might want to consider undertaking the following courses:

C&G 2382-18 18th Edition Course - For anyone working in industry

C&G 2396 Electrical Design course – for Site Technician status

C&G 2391-52 Inspection & Testing Course – for Approved Electrician status

Want to know more about Trade Skills 4U? Find out more about how we provide electrician courses for beginners and experienced electricians or simply view our all electrical courses.

The bottom line is, if you are prepared to work hard, invest in yourself and ensure your work is carried out to a high standard your income as well as your reputation will increase significantly.

 

Categories: salary, pay

2019 Electricians Events Calendar

Posted by Elaine Hammond on 3rd January 2019

Bookmark and share this page for the latest electrical events taking place in 2019.  We will updated the post as soon as more events have been confirmed.

January

Elex - London

Location: London, Alexandra Palace

Date: Wednesday 30th - Thursday 31st January – 10am – 4pm

About: Get some huge deals on the latest power tools, get the lowdown on the latest regulations, try out the latest products, and meet with exhibitors from across the country.

NICEIC Tech Talk Seminars

Location: Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff
Date: 23 January 2019

Location: Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham
Date: 23 January 2019

About: Gain valuable advice with over 3 hours of technical presentations on the changes to BS7671 and other technical topics, plus get the chance to network with the exhibitors.

February

NICEIC Tech Talk Seminars

Location: Amex Stadium, Brighton
Date: Wednesday 6th February 2019

Location: Southampton FC, Southampton
Date: Thursday 7th February 2019

About: Delivering over 3 hours of technical presentations around the changes to BS7671 plus other technical topics, plus get the chance to network exhibitors.

Specification Expert

Location: Leicester, Welford Road Stadium

Date: Thursday 28th February – 10am – 2pm

About: A product specification exhibition designed for architects and specifiers, complemented by a series of CPD tech talks, presented by industry bodies, architects and product specialists.

March

National Apprenticeship Week

Date: Monday 4th- Friday 8th March

About: The 12th National Apprenticeship Week is an annual celebration of apprentices and is a great way to highlight the fantastic opportunities that apprenticeships bring to employers, individuals and the economy.

Futurebuild

Location: London, ExCel Centre

Date: Tuesday 5th - Thursday 7th March – 9am – 6pm

About: The focus of the show is on tackling the biggest challenges impacting the built environment. The show offers a great opportunity to gain unrivalled insights and hands-on experience around the latest products, innovations and materials.

Elex - Manchester

Location: Manchester EventCity

Date: Thursday 14th - Friday 15th March – 10am – 4pm

About: Get some exclusive offers on the day, attend the latest regulations seminars, get hands-on with the latest products, and meet with hundreds of exhibitors.

Specification Expert

Location: Cardiff – City Stadium

Date: Tuesday 19th March – 10am – 2pm

About: A product specification exhibition for specifiers an architects which includes a series of CPD tech talks presented by industry bodies, product specialists and architects.

April

Elex - Exeter

Location: Exeter, Westpoint Arena

Date: Thursday 25th - Friday 26th April – 10am – 4pm

About: Try out the latest tools, get some great product offers, get the lowdown on the latest regulations and meet the exhibitors.

Specification Expert

Location: Manchester – Etihad Stadium

Date: Tuesday 2nd April – 10am – 2pm

About: A show which brings local professionals together to discuss specifications for planned developments and projects.

The National Electrical Vehicle Show

Location: Malvern - Three Counties Showground

Date: Sunday 7th April - 10am - 3pm

About: The event features an EV Zone to complement the classic cars on displaya. There will be plenty of exhibitors as well trade and commercial stalls to browse through. Great event for fans of motors.

May

NAPIT EXPO

Location: West Bradford Golf Club, Bradford
Date: Wednesday 8th May – 8am – 12pm

Location: York Marriott Hotel, York
Date: Thursday 9th May – 8am – 12pm

About: On-site technical, training and membership advice, fantastic discounts and networking opportunities with like-minded people in your trade.

Elex - Harrogate

Location: Harrogate, Great Yorkshire Showground

Date: Thursday 23rd – Friday 24th May – 10am – 4pm

About: Check out the latest tools on the market and get some exclusive daily offers. Meet the exhibitors and try out the latest products.

All-Energy Exhibition & Conference

Location: Glasgow, Sec Glasgow

Date: Wednesday 15th - Thursday 16th May - (8.30 am - 6pm Wednesday and 8.30am - 5pm Thursday)

About: A renewable energy event where you can interact, conduct business, network and learn. Meet with over 300 energy suppliers, developers, technology developers, investors, and policy makers with over 7,000 energy industry buyers.

Specification Expert

Location: Birmingham, Villa Park Stadium
Date: Tuesday 14th May – 10am – 2pm

Location: Berkshire, Newbury Racecourse
Date: Wednesday 15th May – 10am – 2pm

About: Meet experts and suppliers of cutting-edge sustainable building products and solutions. Get advice on how to play your part in creating a sustainable built environment.

June

Specification Expert

Location: Sheffield, Magna Science Centre

Date: Tuesday 11th June – 10am – 2pm

About: Meet suppliers of cutting-edge sustainable building products and solutions and network with experts. Get advice on how to play your part in creating a sustainable built environment.

NAPIT EXPO

Location: Holiday Inn Basildon, Basildon
Date: Wednesday 12th June – 8am – 12pm

Location: Burnham Beeches Hotel, Slough
Date: Thursday 13th June – 8am – 12pm

About: On-site technical, training and membership advice, fantastic discounts and networking opportunities with like-minded people in your trade.

July

Nothing in the diary yet.

August

The National Electrical Vehicle Show

Location: Oxfordshire

Date: To be confirmed

About: The event features an EV Zone to complement the classic cars on displaya. There will be plenty of exhibitors as well trade and commercial stalls to browse through. Great event for fans of motors.

September

NAPIT EXPO

Location: Holiday Inn Doncaster A1
Date: Wednesday 4th September – 8am – 12pm

Location: Hallmark Hotel Derby
Date: Thursday 5th September – 8am – 12pm

About: On-site technical, training and membership advice, fantastic discounts and networking opportunities with like-minded people in your trade.

Elex - Coventry

Location: Coventry, Ricoh Arena

Date: Thursday 19th - Friday 20th September – 10pm – 4pm

About: Get some huge savings on the latest tools on the market, attend wiring regulations seminars plus watch some product demonstrations from exhibitors.

October

NAPIT EXPO

Location: Clarion Hotel Boldon, Sunderland
Date: Tuesday 8th October – 8am – 12pm

Location: Holiday Inn, Lancaster
Date: Wednesday 9th October – 8am – 12pm

About: On-site technical, training and membership advice, fantastic discounts and networking opportunities with like-minded people in your trade.

The National Electrical Vehicle Show

Location: Malvern - Three Counties Showground

Date: Sunday 13th October - 10am - 3pm

About: The event features an EV Zone to complement the classic cars on displaya. There will be plenty of exhibitors as well trade and commercial stalls to browse through. Great event for fans of motors.

November

Elex - Surrey

Location: Surrey, Sandown Park

Date: Thursday 7th - 8th November – 10am- 4pm

About: Try out new power tools, make some great show savings, meet exhibitors from around the world and attend a free seminar to keep up-to-date with the latest rules and regulations.

NAPIT EXPO

Location: Miskin Manor Hotel & Health Club Cardiff
Date: Tuesday 12th November – 8am – 12pm

Location: Hotel Novotel, Wolverhampton
Date: Wednesday 13th November – 8am – 12pm

About: On-site technical, training and membership advice, fantastic discounts and networking opportunities with like-minded people in your trade.

December

NAPIT EXPO

Location: Corinium Stadium, Cirencester
Date: Tuesday 10th December – 8am – 12pm

Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Southampton
Date: Wednesday 11th December – 8am – 12pm

About: On-site technical, training and membership advice, fantastic discounts and networking opportunities with like-minded people in your trade.

Categories: events, sparkie, trade show, exhibits, electrician