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10 Second Survey: How often should you have your test meter calibrated?

Posted by Christos Panayiotou on 18th May 2017

A question that we are often asked, is 'How often should I calibrate my meter equipment?' To ensure traceability to national standards, all testing equipment needs to be tested on a regular basis, but how often should that be?

By taking our 10 second survey you will be entered into a prize draw, and one lucky winner will be presented with a CalCard worth £30. 

The results of the survey will be published in June 2017 and the lucky winner will be notified by email or phone.

Categories: 10 second survey

10 Amazing Electric Vehicles Coming Soon

Posted by Christos Panayiotou on 21st March 2017

The first ever cars were in fact electric. They looked very different back then and were far from the sleek machines that are starting to appear on our roads at present. With the electric car market set to explode over the next few years we thought we would take a look at what’s on the horizon and could end up driving down a road near you soon.

1. VW Budd-e

Probably the most hyped electric car is not a car at all. There is a lot of buzz around the VQ microbus known as the Budd-e. It has some pretty impressive lines and boasts a corner sofa in the back. However we will have to wait at least 3 years before we see one on the roads.

2. Porsche Mission E

What more can we say but look at this! It is a thing of beauty and it will be 100% electric. The only down side is we don’t expect this to go on general sale until 2020.

3. Audi R8 E-Tron

The Audi E-Tron lives up to its name with futuristic style and classic lines. However this is not a car of the future but a car of the past. Only 100 were ever made and it is making way for new models currently in production.

4. Faraday FFZERO1

When I look at this I see just 1 thing. The BATMOBILE! But having said that it does look incredible and is really pushing the boundaries of design. However these are not the only boundaries Faraday is pushing as they are a new company setting up from scratch. Again it is rumoured 2020 is the earliest we will see this car on the road.

5. Mercedes Benz FO15

This car really stands out for its simple but futuristic design. It is intended to be an autonomous self driving car and this results in a unique interior designed to provide an immersive digital experience. However we don’t anticipate this being available to buy anytime before 2020.

6. Jaguar I-Pace

You won’t have to wait too long for the I-Pace, its due to be released in the second half of 2018. If you do want to buy one it will cost around £10-15K more than the F-Pace.

7. Mercedes Generation EQ

Expected to hit the roads in 2018 or 2019 this electric SUV has some unique styling points and  is rumoured to have a range of over 500Km. It will be a direct competitor to the I-Pave featured above.

8. Audi E-Tron Quattro

Expected in 2018 the E-Tron Quattro has the makings of a great car. It has three motors which will provide up to 500 bhp. It looks like an SUV but will only have 4 seats.

9. Citroen E-Mehari

Trust Citroen to come up with something completely different. The E-Mehari is an electric beach buggy set to be launched by the end 2017. It will have a interior which can be completely hosed down and believe it or not it is based on the Citroen 2CV. We all know how good they were to drive.

10. The E-Dub

During our research we stumbled across this. It's an original camper van that has been converted to run on electricity. It still uses much of the original camper mechanics including the clutch and gearbox. The interior has been altered too. The E-Dub can be hired for the weekend if you want to give a it a try.

 

 

Categories: electric cars, ev

Discounted Electrician Tools for Students

Posted by Christos Panayiotou on 15th March 2017

We are happy to say that we now offer a range of tools that can be bought over the counter from our Gatwick and Warrington training centres. We are able to offer a range of testers, proving units and more at exceptionally low prices. In fact the prices are so good we can't publish them online. So we thought we would give you a sneak peak at whats on offer:

Kewtech KT63 Multifunction Tester

 

This test kit is great for electricians wanting to test and certify electrical installations in domestic and commercial settings. The tests include; Continuity, Insulation, Auto RCD and Non-Trip Loop Testing. 

 

Kewtech KT65 Multifunction Tester

This test kit has additional features from the one above, specifically for inspection and testing including;

Phase rotation in line with new 17th edition requirements

Advanced memory with free software, eg you can save a continuity test as an R1, R2, RN, R2 or R1+R2 and on which circuit.

Powerful 17th Edition software available optionally from Castline Systems

Auto-test memory for RCD testing with all results shown on one screen, so no scrolling

This would be ideal for those working in the commercial sector.

 

Calcard - Check Card

Calcards are changing the way electricians work. A portable check card that fits in your wallet or in with your test kit is extremely handy. It means that you will always know if your readings are correct even if it's been a long time since you last had your meter calibrated.

 

Kewtech KT1720 Voltage Tester

This two pole Voltage Tester is able to detect AC/DC voltage steps of 12, 50, 120, 230 and 400. The dual lamp highlight the AC or DC voltage with an additional light for polarity. 

 

Kewtech KT1780 Voltage Tester

If you are going to work in the industrial sector where voltage could rise above the 400v range you will need to invest in a 690v tester.

 

Kewcheck R2 Test Socket Adapter

This socket adaptor is useful for testing polarity and continuity at socket outlets, again without having to remove the socket faces to access the terminals.

 

Kewprove R3 Proving Device

 

A proving unit goes hand in hand with voltage testers to ensure they are properly functioning.

 

These tools are offered at a low price would be a great investment for those starting out in the electrical trade. The items will provide you with the right equipment to straight onto site whether it’s domestic or commercial.

Please remember to speak to a member of staff at the beginning of your course if you would like to order any tools.

Watch this space for new tools and tool kits coming soon.

 

 

Categories: tools

2017 Trades Salary Survey: Electrician Salaries Rise Whilst Many Others Fall

Posted by Christos Panayiotou on 1st January 2017

It’s that time of year again. The results are in and it’s no surprise that for the 4th year in a row our salary survey shows that electricians still earn the most of all the trades. What is a surprise in the most recent data is that a number of trades (including plumbers) have seen a drop in average salary over the past twelve months.

Average Electrician Salary (£30,765)

The average salary recorded by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) of £30,765 is actually the median value. This means that 50% of electricians earn more than this amount and 50% earn less. It’s the ONS's preferred measure of average earnings as it is less affected by a relatively small numbers of very high earners that can skew the data upward. Therefore this average gives a better indication of typical pay than the mean which comes out at £31,648.

When we  ran this survey last year we saw the biggest increase for plumbers whilst electrician pay seemed to have stalled. This year we can see plumber salaries have dropped by around 2% whilst electricians have increased by around 1%.

Why have some trades seen a drop in average salary?

When we last ran this survey it was surprising to see that the biggest increases in salaries had been in some of the less skilled trades where people still earned much less than an electrician on average. However the drop this time around is most likely a slight adjustment to these larger increases last year. It is also important to note that the data is for salaries, and as the construction sector sees increased demand more workers tend to go freelance or self-employed where they can earn a much higher wage.

How realistic is it to earn over £30K as an electrician?

The majority of electricians tend to work on a self-employed or a contracting basis. Whilst salaries represent what you can earn when employed by a company the amounts earned as a contractor tends to be more realistic. With established self-employed electricians you will be hard pushed to find anyone earning below £30K per year and earnings are more likely to be around £35-40K per year. In London and the south east this figure is likely to be higher.

Hourly Rates / Day Rates (£20-£50 Per Hour / £140-£350 Per Day)

Since most of the people working as electricians are either self-employed or contracting it is very hard to gather data on how much they charge or earn. In the South East and London it is very realistic for an established electrician to charge £45 per hour or £300 per day, further north this amount will drop. However, these days it is more likely that a sparky will charge a set rate for a particular job. In this situation smart working and marking up on materials such as sockets, cables and consumer units can make a real difference to an hourly rate. You will be hard pushed to get a new consumer unit supplied and installed for less than £450 these days, and with the boxes costing around £130 and the job taking less than a day you can see that this is where the money really can start to add up.

What are trainee salaries like? (Around £21K)

If you start out as an apprentice then you will most likely earn below the minimum wage. This is because you are earning and learning at the same time. However if you front load your training, like most of our customers, you can start out on a trainee salary usually around £21K per annum.

If you do a quick search online you will find that most jobs for electrician mates start off at around £11 per hour which is great for someone starting out.

The key to earning more?

If you do a search for electrician jobs on a website such as Indeed you will see that there are lots of jobs available offering some fairly decent salaries. You will find most of the jobs are advertised by agencies. These agencies will be taking a cut from your hourly wage- usually around 10-15%! So one very simple way to earn more is to put in the leg work and apply direct to numerous building and contracting companies. This will allow you to maximise your earning potential. There is nothing wrong with working for an agency and especially in the early days agencies can play an important part in finding you work. However as you progress your career you should make lots of contacts who will assist you in finding the latest and best contracts.

As well as working direct the best way to increase your earnings is simply to work hard, be on time, build a good reputation and of course progress your knowledge through great experience and further training. For most electricians one way to increase their wage or grade is to take the following courses:

1. C&G 2394/95 Inspection & Testing Courses – For Approved Electrician status

2. C&G 2396 Electrical Design course – For Site Technician status

For more information on JIB wage grades see below:

JIB Wage Grades

The JIB publish wage grades on their website. Whilst the JIB have clear guidelines for what an electrician can earn these are guidelines only and not every employer sticks to these.

As of the 4th January 2016 the JIB suggests you should earn the following hourly rates if you have your own transport:

Trainee Electrician - £11.56 - £13.68

Electrician - £14.39

Approved Electrician - £15.61

Site Technician - £17.57

And if you live in London or the south east you should expect:

Trainee Electrician - £12.94 - £15.33

Electrician - £16.13

Approved Electrician - £17.48

Site Technician - £19.68

In order to qualify for the higher pay grades most people will need to fulfil the following:

1. Trainee Electrician - Apprenticeship or electricians mate usually with C&G 2365 Diplomas

2. Electrician - Relevant qualifications, Level 3 NVQ & AM2 (These days a 2357)

3. Approved Electrician - As per number 2 plus periodic inspection and testing qualification such as the C&G 2394/2395

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

Remember at the end of the day it isn’t just about how much you can earn but also about how happy you are in your job. Most people choose to train as an electrician not just because of the earning potential but because they are sick of being stuck behind a desk and want to work on the road, on site and with their hands. Remember being a sparky is the perfect job for someone who wants to work with their hands and their mind.

 

Categories: salary, pay

Trade Apprenticeships on the Rise. How Does Each Trade Compare?

Posted by Christos Panayiotou on 23rd September 2016

The number of people registering to become an electrical apprentice is increasing each year due to the government actively investing and promoting apprenticeships across the UK. When we look at the data below we can see a significant increase over the last year and data for 2016 which is yeat to be finalised suggest this will incre\ase further. 

So what happened in 2008?

Electrical apprenticeships increased to a peak of 6520 starts in 2008. The increase was driven by a booming construction sector. In order to complete an apprenticeship it is essential to have a job or apprenticeship placement. As such apprenticeships can be a good indicator of the strength of an industry and it’s employment prospects.

So when the crash happened in 2007 we saw overall starts for electrical apprenticeships decline in the following years. They have been a little up and down since then but have finally hit their stride over the last couple of years getting close to pre-2007 levels. Data for the period August 2015 - April 2016 is still to be completed but total starts for that period is almost equal to the year before already with 5480 apprentices starting. 

Whats going to happen in coming years?

Well there is a major shift coming in the next few years. Apprenticeships as a whole are set to become more common across all industries. The reason for this is that the government is going to be enforcing an apprenticeship levy on all employers who have a wage bill of £2M or more. This means that those employers will have to spend 0.5% of their wage bill on apprentices. If they don’t that money will get paid into a pot and then be used to facilitate more apprenticeships. Essentially it will be a use or lose it approach so most employers are likely to use it.

We expect that overall apprenticeships will rise but also there will be an increase in demand for mature apprentices who can enter the industry. This also will mean an increase in demand for students who have self-funded their training and maybe need an employer to sponsor an NVQ.

How are other trades performing?

It’s no surprise that apart from general construction skills plumbing comes second in terms of the number of apprenticeship starts over the last few years. We can also see a similar pattern in terms of a peak in 2007 and then a lull before things start to improve in the last few years.

Why it makes sense to hire an apprentice?

The current government and private education sectors have recently been encouraging employers to consider taking on apprentices because they’re generally easier to train and mould and are also cost-effective for the business. Another added benefit which GOV.UK recently reported is that 89% of employers who hired an apprentice saw their business improve the quality of their product or service.

There’s also many long term benefits for employers and apprentices, as GOV.UK also published statistics stating that 90% of apprentices will stay in employment with 71% staying with the same employer.

What’s clear is that apprenticeships and trade based careers are seeing a resurgence of interest over the last few years. With the rise in university tuition fees and the ability to get earning much quicker in many trades it is no surprise to see a large number of younger and older students choosing to ditch the books and pick up the tools.

 

 

Categories: apprenticeships

Rapid Charging Equals Rapid Growth for EV

Posted by Christos Panayiotou on 21st June 2016

If you watched Top Gear at the weekend you may have seen the review of the Tesla Model X. This electric car has a range of 250 miles and this was tested to the max by the Rory Reid who covered 200 miles in it and beat a ford mustang in a drag race. After all that he still had 21 miles range left. In the show Rory said "The future is now!" and it really seems to be the case with EV coming of age in 2016. 

Recent news also confirmed that by 2025 Norway has pledged to ban the sale of all petrol based vehicles. This is a clear indicator of the future for electric vehicles and the possibilities for installers of EV charging points. 

Not only is there more noise about electric cars in the media but what is more apparent is just how common place they are becoming on UK roads. Simply take a drive and you are almost guaranteed to see an electric car on your journey. This is in part due to the increases in range for many vehicles making them a much wiser choice when customers are looking to upgrade their current vehicles.

For instance the new Nissan Leaf has a 155 mile range and if you buy one Nissan will lend you a car 14 days a year for those longer journeys. When you add to that the savings you could make by going electric it almost becomes a no brainer to buy one for those with long drives to work. If you currently spend around £200 a month on fuel a switch to electric would save you around £175 in fuel costs and that’s before we even start looking at road tax and other costs.

This is why all of a sudden we are seeing an increase in demand for electric cars, not just because of the environmental benefits but also because it is now financially viable.

So What’s Happening with Electric Car Sales?

This can be seen in electric car sales which have increased by around 60% per year for the last few years. This is the same rate at which sale of the original Ford Model T grew back in the early 1900’s before cars replaced horses as the travel.

It is expected that around 2020 – 2024 electric cars will make such a big impact upon the world economy that we will have a surplus of oil as demand for petrol and diesel cars drops.

What’s happening with charging point installation?

There was a big push to get the network up and running back in 2011 and then steady growth since then. However the latest in technology rapid charging points are likely to drive the market forwards over the coming years. Many of these rapid charging points will require an upgraded supply meaning the installation is likely to be a larger job. The growth in installations is mapped below and broken out by charger type.

Zap Map esitimate that currently as of the 21st June 2016 the UK currently has 6266 public devices in 4066 locations. The market is currently growing by 270 installations every month.

The value of the infrastructure market is predicated to more than double in the next 5 years.

Domestic vs Commercial Points?

Worldwide it is predicted that growth in the domestic market will outstrip that of the commecial. 

“Deployments of EV charging stations are critical to enable a widespread adoption of electric plug-in vehicles,” said Ben Scott, senior analyst at IHS Automotive. “Most charging stations are expected to be installed in domestic applications, such as a dedicated wall box or simply a charging cord plugged into a household power source,” said Scott.

According to IHS Automotive, the global production market for pure electric and plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) vehicles is expected to grow significantly between 2014 and 2020. The global EV Charger (EVC) market is forecast to grow from more than 1 million units in 2014 to more than 12.7 million units in 2020.

A recent report published by AMA research states:

"Fast chargers represent the largest market sector by volume, with standard speed chargers also a significant part. Rapid chargers, which are relatively new, more expensive and can require upgrades to the electrical supply, remain smaller in terms of volume, but this sector is growing rapidly and answers the need for fast recharging."

There is so much data out there that we could go on and on. However if you want to look into this market further we have found some great websites from which many of the graphs and stats above are taken including AMA Research  Zap Map and Next Green Car.

What is clear is that there will be a huge international demand for installation of EV in the coming years so if you want to get into this market make sure you check out our current EV charging point installers course here.

 

Categories: ev charging, ev

A Handy Guide to Gate Safe Training

Posted by Christos Panayiotou on 13th April 2016

Electric Gate Safety is something which doesn’t feature highly on most sparkies lists. They may be aware that there is a risk when installing electric gates but probably don’t realise quite how serious a threat electric gates can pose to customers. It can also mean if the installer hasn’t installed the gates correctly that they could be liable should an accident occur. With have spoken with Gate Safe an organisation dedicated to raising awareness of the dangers of electric gates to clarify some key points on the training they offer.

Is there a legal requirement for an installer / electrician to undertake the training?

No there is no legal requirement however if an accident were to happen and the installer/installation company had no record of having undertaken any specialist training, the court a would take a very dim view of it and this could influence the overall judgment

Will taking the training protect me from litigation in the event of an accident?

Taking the course on it’s is no guarantee. It is the knowledge gained from the course that you must put into practice that will protect you and the homeowner. It’s a bit like the 17th edition regs. If you have the qualification but ignore the regs you will find yourself in trouble.

Is there on going technical support if I take the course?

Technical help is always available and if Gate Safe does not readily know the answer we will make it our business to seek out the relevant information

If I can still install a gate without a legal requirement to do any training why should I bother? 

There are many examples of people who have been taken to court, found guilty and received substantial fines. In addition to this, as the installer the law would expect you to be a competent person and taking the training would be a sign of that competence. Aside from the financial penalties, such cases cause considerable disruption to any business and often irreparable damage to their reputation.  In addition to this, as the installer the law would expect  / require you to be a ‘competent person’ and taking the Gate Safe Aware training would signify your commitment to demonstrating competence.

What support do I get if I become a Gate Safe Aware Installer?

When you become a Gate Safe Aware installer, you will receive a comprehensive reference manual (which is regularly updated); access to a dedicated Gate Safe help line / email support; an entry on the Gate Safe Aware installer register (which is published on the Gate Safe web site); discounted membership to Checkatrade and advice on how to market your Gate Safe Aware status

How much awareness is there of the Gate Safe Aware register?

We have thousands of visits to our website every year and are constantly working to promote the issue both to the industry and to consumers. You will regularly see stories from us in the press and trade magazines.

What are the benefits to the customer of having a gate installation undertaken by a Gate Safe Aware installer?

A customer that elects to seek out a Gate Safe Aware installer has the comfort of knowing that they have been trained to understand the risks associated with automated gates and most importantly, is aware of the actions that should be taken to deliver protection against those risks

How will taking this training benefit my business?

As well as demonstrating your competence to your customers you and your trained engineers will be able to install gates safely thereby protecting the business from litigation and acting as a responsible company

How many people does a company need to train to secure access to the Gate Safe Aware installer logo?

One trained person will give access to the Gate Safe Aware installer logo but to secure Premier Installer status you would need to train 80% of your installer work force

If I as an installer take the training and then move companies, can the new company claim Gate Safe Aware installer status?

Yes, one trained person will give access to the Gate Safe Aware installer logo and can move companies.

Once you have passed the training, is there a need to refresh / renew your knowledge?

Currently Gate Safe does not require delegates to take a refresher course but a number of people have attended a further training session a couple of years after they passed their original training, to refresh their understanding of the key issues that must be considered to deliver a safe and compliant installation. In the future there will be a formal refresher course

The training was first launched in 2012, is it still the same format as when it was originally rolled out?

The format is the same but there have been a number of tweaks and minor changes as new information and guidance pertaining to automated gates is developed. The training also evolves in response to the feedback we receive from delegates who have taken the course

How is the training vetted to ensure it represents / remains a credible qualification?

The training is accredited by IOSH (Institution of Safety and Health) the biggest professional health and safety membership organisation in the world

What is the HSE view of the Gate Safe Aware training?

The HSE and Gate Safe have worked closely together since 2010.  Most recently Gate Safe met with the HSE to run through the training presentation so that the HSE had an improved understanding of the established Gate Safe training offering

If you do want to learn more about electric gate installation make sure you book onto one of the upcoming course dates. You can find course content here on our website but to book you should contact Gate Safe directly.

 

Categories: gate safe

To leave or not to leave. What the EU referendum could mean for electricians?

Posted by Christos Panayiotou on 29th March 2016

So unless you have been living in a cave for the last year you should know by now that there will be a referendum on the 23rd of June. On this date the nation will decide whether they wish to stay in the union or leave. As with most elections it is likely people will vote for the scenario they feel will benefit them the most both in terms of their financial and general wellbeing.

So the big question you will want to answer is will the UK construction industry be better off in or out of the EU?

Well unfortunately we cannot answer that question here at Trade Skills 4U. If we could then we would probably be teaching economics rather than electrics! However we can present to you some of the key arguments for both sides of the equation:

Skills Shortage

One of the biggest issues facing the construction sector is skills shortages. Across the whole of construction industry skilled labour from the continent has helped lubricate the cogs of our recent economic growth and we still have a huge demand for electricians, plumbers, bricklayers, carpenters and a whole host of skilled trades.

Yes I know there are lots of people who believe that foreign labour is taking your job but the reality is that without skilled labour from the continent many projects simply would not have got off the ground. In fact recent reports show that many companies are still turning down projects because they simply can not get the skilled labour they need to deliver the project.

Yes you may think that less competition for jobs means higher pay, however if the wheels come off the wagon of growth then the whole market will suffer. One argument to leave is that if we are out of the EU we can then choose which trades and which skilled labour can come and work where. But how much will that cost and what impact will that really have on the workforce? No one really knows.

Workers’ rights

Two of the main regulations that impact on workers’ rights are The Working Time Directive and The Temporary Agency Workers Directive. Depending on where you sit this can be seen as a reason to stay or to leave.

Employers are probably fed up of EU red tape meaning they have to limit workers hours and pay out holiday pay and other benefits to temporary staff.  As an employee you may well welcome these regulations as they mean you could be better off especially as a contractor.

However leaving does not guarantee that these regulations will disappear but David Cameron has already made it clear he would like to be able to ignore most of the employment rules imposed on the UK by Brussels.

I think generally speaking on this front a stay vote will benefit the most electricians and contractors. Protecting them from working excessive hours and giving them some added benefits even if on a temporary contract.

Environment

Of the top 5 most costly EU regulations 2 are listed above relating to workers’ rights and two others are the UK renewable energy strategy and the EU Climate and Energy package. Yes getting rid of these could save billions for consumers and companies, however probably not in the long run. If we can become more energy independent then long term these will be extremely beneficial policies.

And let’s not forget that forget that renewable energy tends to be the an electricians friend. There is a whole host of renewable energy technologies which rely on converting the energy they collect into electricity. Who can forget the solar PV boom just a few years ago. And now with the growth of electric cars which have zero emissions we can see the opportunities for electricians to branch out and grow continue to present themselves.

Generally speaking for electricians we believe that staying in the EU will have a positive impact from the environmental perspective.

Working abroad

Let’s not forget that labour can move in both directions. Here at Trade Skills 4U we have lots of students who intend to spend time working abroad. And why not? If you have a trade you can generally work anywhere in the world. However because electricians are highly regulated all over the world and EU it is harder for most to simply turn up and start working in any country without further training. Here in the UK we have one of the highest levels of regulation meaning it is usually easier for us to go abroad to work than for foreign electricians to come to the UK.

Cost of Materials & Tools

Where materials and tools are imported from inside the EU we may find that the cost of delivering projects will increase making them less viable. If the cost of delivering projects increases then you could find that the projects themselves do not get off the ground.

Uncertainty

The biggest issue that we think will impact upon people’s minds as we approach the referendum will be the impact of the referendum on our economy. Uncertainty in the run up to the referendum itself will impact on consumer and business confidence. The effects of this can already be felt which is one reason why the referendum has been announced and will take place in such a short space of time. Should we vote to leave the EU we will be entering completely new territory. Yes we have been outside before but we have never left it before. If we do vote the leave the shockwaves will be global. There will be enough of a shockwave to disturb an already fragile European and Global economy and who will be willing to take the risk of the unknown when we appear to be doing pretty well with the status quo.

As with the Scottish referendum we think that ultimately people will choose to stay despite some misgivings about the EU simply because it is the safest option.

Just 15% of construction companies support leaving

And that is probably the main reason why in a recent survey only 15% of construction executives supported an exit from the EU. This is a pretty clear indicator that the industry sees leaving as a huge risk and if this is their view now we can only assume that an exit would create havoc with our economy. This can only be a negative thing in the short term, however with time it is possible that the UK could bounce back stronger.

You will need to make your own mind up as to what you think is right or wrong, however remember, no one really knows what will happen if we leave and the impact it will have on jobs and construction. If we stay we know that things will stay the same and at present things seem to be going in the right direction. We think that the UK will vote to stay, but it is going to be a very close fought thing.

A simple way to decide in my view is think about how it actually affects you and your family directly, don't be influenced by politician spin or other talking heads with biased opinions, just drill down into your own life, you will then have your answer.

 

20 Funny Warning Signs To Make You Chuckle

Posted by Christos Panayiotou on 8th March 2016

So about a year ago we put up a couple of funny health and safety signs in the office to make the students chuckle from time to time. However what is clear is that our students are clearly not reading the content and simply blocking it out as they expect to see another bog standard warning sign. Over the past year we can count on one hand the number of times someone has commented on these signs which are in our break out areas. So we thought it would be a great idea to research a list of the funniest ones on the web and publish them here for your amusement.

This is where it all started with this sign which has been seen all over the web:

There may be trouble ahead funny sign

We then made this sign which again has gone almost completely un-noticed

Site safety funny sign

And then we have found some more online. There are a few great ones here:

This machine has no brain

 

Funny danger sign

 

This sign has sharp edges

 

Squirrels attack exposed nuts

 

This sign is only a distraction

 

There also appears to be a whole movement of tube based signs which have been tweaked and amended to brighten up commuter's days:

For more efficient service tube sign

 

Danger, rudeness attracts mice

 

Train apologies are shallow and meaningless

 

No eye contact

 

Naughty passengers will be crushed

 

There also appears a whole host of interpretations of the slippery floor warning signs some of which have been very simply defaced but still extremely funny:

This is sparta warning sign

 

Adam west floor sign

 

Jazz hands floor sign

And then there is a whole section of poorly defaced signs which are again quite amusing:

Darth Vader Heimlich maneuver sign

 

Mountain lion sign

 

Pie no smoking sign

 

Stop sign hammer time

 

Baby changing funny sign

We need to make it very clear that whilst these signs are very funny we do not condone defacing of any health and safety or warning sign in any way. That could be very, very dangerous! If you find any more funny signs like these please be sure to share with us and we can add them to this post. 

 

 

Come See Us At The Elex Show Manchester

Posted by Christos Panayiotou on 1st March 2016

It's been a while since we have exhibited at any trade shows. However with the new centre opening up in Warrington we couldn't pass up the chance to turn up at the Elex Show at Event City on the 3rd and 4th March 2016 (This Thursday and Friday)

If you do come and see us on the day you will have the chance to discuss any training needs you may have in person with me and other members of staff. We will also be offering a fantastic 5% discount on any courses booked at the show (up to the value of £2500) on the day so it could be a great opportunity to save money on the right course for you.

Other reasons to attend at the Elex Show are:

Free Parking

Free T-Shirt

Free Bacon Sandwich

Loads of Free Seminars

Great Networking opportunities

Great discounts from many tool suppliers

If you want to come and pay us a visit you can find us at stand P20 just next to the IET stand, seminar room and the restaurant so why not grab a bacon sarnie and pop over to say hi. We will also have some freebies on offer which you can grab and take home with you.

If you can't make it to the show, don't worry we run an open door policy at both of our Warrington and Gatwick training centres so you are free to pop in and say hi during normal working hours 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday. It is best to avoid lunchtimes (12.30pm - 1.15pm) as there may not be anyone free to give you a tour, however generally speaking we can show you around and discuss your needs.

 

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