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All new homes to include electric car charging points!

Posted by Elaine Hammond on 11th July 2018

In 2017 the Government announced plans to ban all new petrol and diesel cars in the UK from 2040 in a bid to tackle air pollution. Following this, the Government has just announced that in order to cut emissions further all new homes in suburban England would need to be fitted with electric vehicle charging points.

Further details of a sales ban relating to conventional diesel and petrol vehicles by the year 2040 are also expected to be set out.

Dirty vehicle charging zones

The government's overall target is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the UK by at least 80% of the 1990 levels by 2050.

In order to assist councils tackle emissions, ministers have unveiled a £255m fund, allocated to aid a charging infrastructure where there will be potential for charging zones to be introduced for the dirtiest vehicles.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has announced proposals that aim to make recharging electric vehicles much easier than refuelling petrol or diesel cars. The proposals will include the need to assess whether new homes and offices require charging points to be installed as standard.

Mr Grayling said that “these proposed measures would ensure that the UK would have one of the most comprehensive support packages for zero-emission vehicles in the world. The prize is not just a cleaner and healthier environment but a UK economy fit for the future and the chance to win a substantial slice of a market estimated to be worth up to £7.6 trillion by 2050".

Street lights to include charge points

Mr Grayling also proposes, where there is on-street parking new street light columns should also be fitted with charging points where appropriate, making it easier for more people to recharge their vehicles.

Demand for electric vehicle points increase

It was recently reported that in the first six months of 2018 electric vehicles made up 5.5% of the UK's new car market. This compares with 4.3% from the same period in 2017.

The increase in electric vehicles will only get higher, and with this in mind coupled with Government proposals above, this is great news for any electrician looking to add EV car charging point installation as an additional revenue stream.

We are pleased to announced that we have recently partnered with Rolec and are now offering three electric vehicle charging point courses:

New Blue: Domestic EV Car Charging Point Installers Package (22 day course) – designed for new entrants who want to carry out both domestic installations and offer a standalone domestic car charging point installation service. The package includes the Bronze Domestic Installer course together with the C&G 2919-02 domestic car charging point installation course. The new 18th Edition course is also included in this package.

C&G 2919-01 Electric Car / Vehicle Charging Point Installers Course (2 day course) – designed for fully qualified electricians and covers commercial installations and all the key skills to install, fault find and inspect and test electric vehicle charging points.

C&G 2919-02 Domestic EV Charging Point Installers Course (4 day course) – designed for Domestic Installers who wish to upgrade their knowledge and learn how to install, fault find and inspect and test domestic car charging points.

Students who successfully pass these courses will be automatically registered on Rolec’s approved installer’s scheme and will appear on their national database of installers.

To find out more about the courses we offer please click here, alternatively please call our course advisors today on 0800 8056 4448.

Categories: diesel and petrol car ban, green house gas emissions, electric vehicle, car charging, government policy

Not Going to Uni – It makes sense to get a career in a trade

Posted by Elaine Hammond on 5th July 2018

If you, or someone you know is thinking about not going to university either because you didn’t get the A Level results you had hoped for or maybe you’ve had a change of career plan, then don’t worry as there are plenty of other opportunities out there for you.

Thinking of a career in the trade with fantastic earning potential?

If you’re considering a career in the electrical trade we can help you take your first step on the electrical career ladder.

We believe that there are many reasons to choose a career in the electrical trade with benefits which include flexible working hours, being your own boss, becoming a skilled expert and getting the opportunity to work with a varied range of people. It is also widely regarded as one of the most rewarding of the trades, and offers great potential for progression.

An electricians main role is to install, test and maintain electrical wiring, appliances, equipment and fixtures in a wide range of applications in either domestic or commercial settings. Daily tasks are varied and will include assessing plans, planning the layout of wiring and fitting circuit breakers and fuse boxes.

To get you started on your new career path we offer three course options suitable for new entrants. You can train in just 18 days - 16 weeks depending on which route you choose to take:

Domestic Electrical Installer - 18 day course

C&G 2365 Level 2 - 10 week course

C&G 2365 Level 2&3 - 16 week course

If you choose to become a domestic installer a Bronze Domestic Installer course would be the perfect choice. This course is the ideal starting place for those over the age of 18 looking to work as a domestic electrical installer who has little to no electrical installation experience, or has been working in an allied trade. The course covers all the core competencies required to start up in the industry and work on electrical installation in a residential property.

However, if you want to carry out both domestic and commercial work you would need to take either our 2365 course Level 2 or Level 2& 3 packaged course, which are the most comprehensive new entrant electrician courses available.

The 2365 Level 2/3 course will allow you to work in the following sectors:

Commercial - such as Supermarkets, Offices, Warehouses, Schools, Shops, Restaurants, Hospitals

Industrial – such as research/development parks heavy manufacturing buildings, factories

Domestic –such as Houses, Flats, Bungalows, renewable, Solar PV

Agricultural – Farms

Maintenance services, local authorities

Media – electricians are required for running operations in television, radio

Sporting Venues – concert halls, theatres, Stadium events

In fact, the list is endless which makes an electrical career a very good choice in terms of variety, monetary reward and opportunity.

All of the options above are recognised by industry and are fully accredited by City & Guilds and will enable you to get skilled quickly and start earning as soon as possible.

To become fully qualified you will need to complete an NVQ and AM2 in industry, which you can do at a later stage once you have found employment.

Money talks

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) recently published a report showing the pay grades for manual jobs, and it was revealed that the average graduate earns £32,000 a year whereas the average electrician is earning £47,265. See our recent blog post for more information.

Chief Executive Brian Berry from the FMB said: “Money talks, and when it comes to annual salaries, a career in construction trumps many university graduate roles.

"Pursuing a career in construction is therefore becoming an increasingly savvy move. University students graduate with an average £50,800 of debt, according to The Institute for Fiscal Studies, while apprentices pass the finish line completely debt-free.

For more information on university changes, costs and why it makes sense to get a trade please read our previous blog post.

Why train with us?

We are the UK’s no.1 provider of City & Guild electrical training courses with training centres nationwide. Each year more people pass with us than any other UK electrical training provider. Our success rates are possible because we focus on intense training courses, delivered in just a few weeks or months compared to Colleges where it takes years to complete. We are able to do this because we deliver the same qualification to the same guided learning hours full-time, Monday to Friday 9-4pm. This allows you to front load your training to get working as soon as possible.

If you’re not sure where to start you can check out our handy course finder tool, or simply give one of our helpful Course Advisors a call on 0800 856 448 or 01293 529777, alternatively please email info@tradeskills4u.co.uk

Categories: career change, uni, electrical trade, university

Annual National Golf Championship 2018 event for electrical industry professionals

Posted by Elaine Hammond on 5th July 2018

We are delighted to announce that Trade Skills 4U is the headline sponsor at the most highly-anticipated National Golf Championship of the year in the electrical industry.

The 4-ball tournament will take place on the 18th September 2018 at the iconic golf venue, The Belfry, host to Ryder Cup matches and steeped in golfing history.

We will be entering a team of 4 enthusiastic golfers to take part on the day to compete against other companies, all of whom aspire to win the coveted EIC National Golf Championship Trophy. The competition will take place at the Brabazon, titled one of the UK and Ireland’s top 100 courses by Golf Monthly, which is a must-play for all those serious about golf.

Carl Bennett, CEO said: “Trade Skills 4U are big supporters of the Electrical Industries Charity and are excited to be headline sponsors to support them. The National Golf Championship is a fantastic event for the electrical community to support giving us the opportunity to raise funds for those who really need it most, plus of course we get to play at the famous Belfry!”

A brighter future…

All proceeds from the event will go towards the Electrical Industries Charity who help those working within the electrical, electronics and energy community. They do this through the provision of four workplace programmes: Apprentice, Employee and Family, and Pensioner Support, and the Practical Participation Programme that give the industry access to financial grants and a comprehensive range of free and confidential services.

Thanks to the support of donors, sponsors, fundraisers and volunteers at events like these, the EIC are able to continue to support those that need help the most. Following an entertaining performance from Britain’s Got Talent’s Les Gibson on the night, the Charity team will be hosting a Grand Raffle and game of Higher or Lower to raise as much money as possible for EIC’s charitable efforts.

If you want to get involved, either by taking a team, or sponsoring the fundraising on the day, please contact Sarah.McKenzie@eictradingco.org

See more about how the Charity is giving back to the industry in 2018.

How many golfers does it take to change a light bulb? FORE!

We wish all those taking place good luck, and look forward to sharing how our team got on later in the year, with hopefully some good ‘shots’ to show you too.

We’ve been told that golf is a game in which you yell "fore" you score a six, and you write down "five", so if you’re playing a round soon - may the fours be with you!

I think that’s enough golf puns for one day!!

Finally, we would like to thank everyone involved in supporting this extremely worthy charity and hope that the day helps to raise funds to support those that need it most.

Categories: golf sponsorship, electrical industries charity, eic, belfry

Farewell 17th Edition, Hello 18th Edition

Posted by Elaine Hammond on 3rd July 2018

farewell 17th edition

As many of you will already know, on the 1st July 2018 we said goodbye to the 17th edition wiring regulations to make way for the 18th Edition. The C&G 2382-15 17th Edition course has now been replaced by the 2382-18 18th Edition course. So we thought we would take a quick look at the 17th edition and some key talking points.

IET Wiring Regulations Explained

The IET Wiring Regulations is essentially a set of guides that electrical contractors comply with, whether it be for domestic, commercial or industrial installations.

Every professional electrician and domestic installer work to the latest edition of the wiring regulations and will need this if they want to register or remain as a domestic installer with a competent person’s scheme.

Did you know that the wiring regulations were originally published by in 1882?

In fact, there have been requirements for safe electrical wiring since way back in 1876. However, it wasn’t until 1882 that the then Society of Telegraph Engineers and Electricians, who later became the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE), which now forms part of the IET, published the ‘Rules and Regulations for the Prevention of Fire Risks arising from Electric Lighting’. The original document consisted of just 4 pages!

The history of the 17th Edition

In January 2008 BS 7671:2008 17th Edition was released, followed by its first Amendment 1 in 2011. The next Amendment 2 came into effect in 2013, followed in January 2015 by the final Amendment 3.

When Amendment 3 was released it included some significant changes; one being Chapter 41, which was introduced to improve the level of protection against electrical shock. It stated that 30 mA RCDs will be required for socket outlets that are for use by ordinary persons and are intended for general use.

Another major change was Regulation 421.1.201 which required consumer units and similar switchgear assemblies in domestic premises to have a non-combustible enclosure or be enclosed in a cabinet or enclosure constructed of non-combustible material and complying with Regulation 132.12.

Regulation 521.11.201 was also a major change which required that wiring systems within escape routes require a suitable fire resistant means of support so that they are not liable to premature collapse in the event of fire.

Other changes included the electrical condition report section, new requirements for mobile and transportable electrical units and changes for the installation of luminaires and light fittings and sections relating to microgeneration and solar photovoltaic systems.

Hello 18th Edition

Whilst it’s time to say goodbye the 17th edition we can now say hello to the new 2382-18 18th Edition courses, which we will be delivering in centres nationwide from July 2018.

We appreciate that whilst changes are not always welcome in all sectors, the new regulations are a major step forward to improving the safety and protection of property as well as enhancing areas like electric vehicle charging, which will be in huge demand over the next few years.

The IET urges that all electrical professionals ensure they are familiar with the new requirements as all installations designed after the 31st December 2018 are to comply with BS 7671:2018.

We believe that scheme providers will be asking their members to hold the new edition although we do believe that existing members will be given some flexibility.

To help you get ready for the changes, we recently reviewed the 18th Edition and identified some of the key changes that you need to be aware of. To find out more please click on the link 18th Edition Wiring Regulations - Major Shift or Update?

However, at a glance below is a list of the main changes to be aware of:

Part 1 Scope, object and fundamental principles

Part 2 Definitions

Chapter 41 Protection against electric shock

Chapter 42 Protection against thermal effects

Chapter 44 Protection against voltage disturbances and electromagnetic disturbances

Chapter 46 Devices for isolation and switching - A new Chapter 46 has been introduced.

Appendices

The following main changes have been made within the appendices

Appendix 1 British Standards to which reference is made in the Regulations includes minor changes, and additions.

Appendix 3 Time/current characteristics of overcurrent protective devices and RCDs

Appendix 6 Model forms for certification and reporting

Appendix 7 (informative) Harmonized cable core colours

Appendix 8 Current-carrying capacity and voltage drop

Appendix 14 Determination of prospective fault current

Appendix 17 Energy efficiency

For more detailed information please visit the IET’s website.

City & Guilds 2382-18 3 Day 18th Edition Course

The 18th Edition course will in fact be very similar to the 17th edition to ensure that you are up-to-date with the latest industry regulations on wiring and the safe use and operation of electrical equipment and systems.

The following subjects are still included:

Scope, object and fundamental principles

Definitions

Assessment of general characteristics

Protection for safety

Selection and erection of equipment

Inspection and testing

Special installations or locations

Appendices

The expected changes are:

Protection against over voltages - Clause 443 is likely to be overhauled.

Protection against fire - Chapter 42 will be updated with extra information on arc fault detection

Electrical Embedded heating - Section 753 will be extended to include embedded electrical heating systems for surface heating, and will include de-icing and frost prevention systems.

Energy efficiency – this will be a brand new section

C&G 2382-18 1 Day 18th Edition Update Course

If you passed the 17th edition with the 3rd amendment since the 1st January 2015 you only need to take the shorter one day 18th Edition Update course. The course covers similar topics to the three day course, as listed above, however as there are fewer changes to cover it can be complete in a shorter time.

Courses delivered in 8 Centres Nationwide

Due to high demand, both of these courses are available from 8 centres nationwide:

Gatwick - covering South London, Kent, Sussex and Surrey

Warrington - covering Manchester, Liverpool, Bolton and the North West

Leeds – covering the North East, Sheffield, Harrogate and York

Central London - right next to Euston Station

Coventry - covering Birmingham, Leicester, Northampton & Midlands

Hertfordshire - covering North London, Herts, Bucks and Essex

Cardiff - covering Wales and South West

Durham CCC (North East) - covering Newcastle, Sunderland and the North East

You can rest assured that the training you receive from Trade Skills 4U is delivered by experienced tutors who have worked in the industry. We are also able to boast, that our pass rate for the 2382 qualification is over 98%, which is well above the national average, and we have no reason to believe that this will change with the new qualification.

Categories: wiring regulations, 17th edition, 18th edition

Trade Skills 4U Open Four New Electrical Training Facilities to Deliver 18th Edition Courses

Posted by Elaine Hammond on 20th June 2018

Trade Skills 4U new centres

As the UK’s premier electrical training company we are excited to announce the opening of four brand new facilities based at Durham CCC, Cardiff, Hatfield and Coventry.

Since we opened in 2005 we have been successfully training electricians across the country at our centres in Gatwick, London, Warrington and more recently Leeds.

Due to high demand for new 18th Edition courses, we are pleased to announced that four new short course centres are now open and taking bookings for 18th edition courses starting in July 2018. We offer both the 3 day 18th edition and 1 day update course in all of these centres, with more centres due to open later this year, so watch this space!

Durham 18th edition

North East (Durham CCC) great for Newcastle, Sunderland and the North East

Chosen because of its great location, fantastic facilities and easy access via the A1(M), A167 and A693 Durham County Crick Ground is within easy reach of Durham, Sunderland, Newcastle, Gateshead and all over the North East.

18th Edition courses are delivered in bright spacious rooms and the Ground has the added benefit of plenty of free parking. Cricket lovers may also get lucky and catch sight of a game whilst they are there!

Cardiff 18th edition

Wales Centre (Cardiff Uni) great for Wales and South West

Based within the Cardiff University Campus near the M4 and the A48 the facility is easily commutable from Swansea, Cardiff and Newport. The campus is also easy to get to by bus from Central Cardiff and from nearby train stations. The conference centre has excellent training rooms with an impressive range of food outlets and plenty of parking on site.

Hatfield 18th edition

Hertfordshire (Herts Uni Hatfield) great for North London, Herts, Bucks and Essex

This bright, clean and spacious centre is based within the University of Hertfordshire Campus. The centre is in a great location close to the junction of the A1 (M) and A414 and is easily accessible from the home counties including Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Essex and offers plenty of onsite free parking.

Coventry 18th edition

Midlands Centre (Coventry MTC) great for Birmingham, Leicester, Northampton and Midlands

The facility is situated just North East of Coventry on the M6 and M69 junction. The centre is accessible from all around the Midlands region and the A45, M1, M6 and M42. Courses are delivered within the Manufacturing Technology Centre in bright spacious training rooms that meet Trade Skills 4U’s high standards. Free parking and food outlets are also available onsite.

At present these short course facilities only offer 18th edition courses, however watch this space as this can easily change in the future.

CEO, Carl Bennett said: “We have seen a huge demand from our customers for the new 18th Edition courses and to satisfy this demand we have added four new short course centres nationwide, with more to come later this year. The design of new electrical installations will be required to comply to the 18th Edition from January of 2019 and we assume that from that date scheme providers will be asking members to hold the 18th edition.

Carl continued: “Those interested in booking a course with us can rest assured that we only recruit experienced tutors who have previously worked on the tools and have been teaching for a number of years. We are committed to ensuring our students receive first class knowledge and advice from professional tutors who have a real passion for what they do. In fact, our pass rates reflect this and we can boast that more people pass City & Guilds electrical courses with us than with any other UK provider.”

Main Centres 18th edition

Main Centres

Our four main training centres are based in Gatwick, Warrington, Leeds and London which is situated next to Euston Station. All our sites have state-of-the-art classrooms and workshops built to the highest specifications with the latest technology. You can choose from a huge range of courses delivered at these centres including; Domestic Installer Packages, City & Guilds Diploma’s, Inspection and Testing plus much more.

For more information visit our course finder page or speak to a member of the sales team on 0800 856 4448.

Categories: 18th edition courses, training centres

Trade Skills 4U Campaign Increases Number of Women Entering Electrical Trade

Posted by Elaine Hammond on 29th May 2018

women in electrical

Here at Trade Skills 4U, we are keen to promote the electrical industry as an inclusive career for everyone from all backgrounds. However, there’s always room for improvement, and it’s still an industry that isn’t gender proportional, with only roughly 1 in every 1,000 electrical contractors a woman.

Overcoming the challenges of working in a male dominated electrical sector

It’s also fair to say that for many years the electrical sector has suffered from a poor reputation with its ‘blokey bloke’ attitude on site from wolf-whistling at any woman that happened to pass by, coupled with the notion that women couldn’t possibly do the physical work of their male counterparts. However, it’s encouraging to know that attitudes are finally changing in the construction industry and more and more women are now entering the sector.

Employers are also now recognising that women can make a real contribution to their workforce and are far more aware of their legal responsibilities regarding equality at work thus ensuring that unacceptable behaviour is no longer tolerated on site.

Lets hear it for the girls!

We are proud to report that since November last year the number of female students training with us has risen from 1.4% to a very respectful 3.7%. We can attribute this to being at the forefront of promoting opportunities for women to enter the trade and also to our involvement in a campaign with electrical wholesalers QVS Direct as part of their Women in Electrical campaign. The campaign aims to encourage more women to train in the electrical industry as well as help those who are already there.

At Trade Skills 4U not only do we encourage female students to train with us, we also currently employ 3 female tutors who deliver courses to both new entrants and experienced electricians at our centres nationwide.

Women in Electrical campaign

One of our electrical tutors, Liliane Branca, was interviewed as part of the campaign, showing that there are many different roles available within the electrical industry if you don’t like the thought of being an electrician in the traditional sense.

Speaking about her own role in the industry training new recruits, Liliane said: “I felt like I needed a complete career change. I was working in social services but I wanted a job with less emotional involvement. It was a huge gamble but it really paid off. I got a job on a site and then went to college twice a week in the evening for three years while working. When recession hit the construction industry hard, I started teaching electrical installation and now I teach full time.”

When asked what advice she would give to other women considering the electrical industry as a career, Liliane replied: “I think it’s essential for women, and men to be honest, to remember that we can do anything. The most important thing to remember is that if you want to do something, don’t let anything get in your way. Just go for it and put everything into it. If you do that, you’ll succeed whether you’re a man or a woman.”

You can read Liliane’s full interview here and if you would like to read some case studies of women who have trained here at Trade Skills 4U, we have interviews with graduate electrical engineers Noemi Willenboeckel and Kelly Vincent of Kelly Electrics.

As well as Liliane’s interview, there are a whole host of other interviews with electricians, business owners, and industry bodies, all giving their advice and thoughts on how the industry can make itself more inclusive.

Two other interviewees from the campaign, Coleen Everitt of Alto Electrical and Natasha Clark-Withers of Get Her Trade, recognise that there is a high demand specifically for female electricians.

Natasha commented: “From the research we have done, there is a massive demand for tradeswomen, and we need to encourage women to join the industry to cope with the demand.”

As to why there is such a need, Coleen said: “I think a big part of it is a safety and trust angle. I’m easy to talk to and people like that. Many people may be more comfortable having a woman in their house rather than a man.’”

What about the physical side of the job?

People come in all shapes and sizes and when thinking of entering the electrical sector some women worry that if they are too small they might struggle with the physical side of things. However, that can actually be an advantage as electricians often need to fit into small and crowded spaces, and a small frame will allow you to get to places that a larger frame would struggle to get to.

You will also find that there is some heavy lifting, although generally only up to fifty pounds or so, which is less than in other trades. But you will find that you'll get fitter with experience and time.

If you’re interested in electrical training of any kind, use our course finder to what courses we have available. Alternatively please call one of our friendly Course Advisers on 0800 856 4448.

Categories: electrician training, female electricians, women in construction

What is a cable safe zone?

Posted by Elaine Hammond on 10th May 2018

Prysmian the UK’s largest cable manufacturer with over 100 years of experience, recently asked our tutor Mark Longley MIET to write an article on what a cable safe zone is.

Mark has worked in the electrical installation sector for just short of 30 years as an apprentice, an electrician, a maintenance electrician and an educator. He has taught everyone from apprentices through to practicing electricians wishing to improve their knowledge. While working in education he has had the honour of working as a consultant and e-learning presentor for City & Guilds, including the e-learning educators Learning Lounge.

Marks article explains that a cable safe zone, simply put, is a space in which a cable can be installed in such a position that it is not liable to be damaged by impact, abrasion or penetration.

Current Wiring Regulations

The current wiring regulations sections 522.6.201 and 522.6.202 give more exacting guidance on exactly how cables should be installed to avoid damage and potential harm to the installer and/or resident.

Cable safe zone installations in ceilings and floors

522.6.201 of the wiring regulations state that a cable installed under a floor or above a ceiling shall be run in such a position that it is not liable to be damaged by contact with the floor or ceiling or their fixings. Taking this into account a cable passing through a joist within a floor or ceiling construction, or through a ceiling support (eg. under floorboards), shall be installed at least 50mm measured vertically from the top, or bottom, as appropriate of the joist or batten, or incorporate an earthed metallic covering which complies with the requirements of these Regulations for a protective conductor of the circuit concerned, such as armoured low voltage power cable, Afumex LSX™ or mineral insulated cables.

Cable safe zone installations in walls

For walls, the ruling is slightly different. The wiring regulations state here that a cable installed in a wall or partition - at a depth of less than 50 mm from a surface of the wall or partition - has to either

i. be installed in a zone within 150 mm from the top of the wall or partition, or within 150 mm of an angle formed by two adjoining walls, or partitions. Furthermore, where the cable is connected to a point accessory, or switchgear on any surface of the wall or partition, the cable may be installed in a zone either horizontally or vertically, to the point accessory or switchgear. Keeping the safe zone close to the accessory will help act as a clear indicator for homeowners and others as to where potential cables may be located. Where the location of the accessory, point or switchgear can be determined from the reverse side, a zone formed on one side of a wall of 100mm thickness or less, or partition of 100mm thickness or less extends to the reverse side, alternatively

ii. needs to comply with regulation 522.6.204. The aforementioned regulation relates to a cable incorporating an earthed metallic covering, such as Prysmian LSX.

Walls are the most common place that homeowners and other tradespeople will encounter the risk of cable penetration by drills etc. This risk should be greatly reduced when the cables are installed within the regulations outlined above.

Protecting your cable installations

522.6.203 states Irrespective of its buried depth, a cable that is concealed in a wall or a partition, where either the internal construction includes metallic parts (such as dryline partitions) other than metallic fixings such as nails, screws etc need to be provided with additional protection. The protection should come in the form of an RCD having the characteristics specified in Regulation 415.1.1 or comply with regulation 522.6.204, which again relates to a cable incorporating an earthed metallic covering.

For more information on cable safe zones, or to get a copy of the wiring regulations to ensure best practice, please click here.

The new 18th Edition of the wiring regulations is due to be published this July with changes coming into effect in January 2019.

If you are interested in an electrical training course, please visit our Course Finder page or speak to one of our friendly course advisors on 01293 529777.

Categories: electricians, cables, safe zones

Legendary rugby players to attend launch of new electrical training company in Yorkshire

Posted by Elaine Hammond on 2nd May 2018

We are extremely excited to announce that a number of Leeds Rhinos and Warrington Wolves rugby legends will be making a special appearance at the opening of our brand new state-of-the-art training facility in Leeds on the 9 May 2018.

Both clubs have an impressive track record, with the Leeds Rhinos being eight times Super League Champions and the Warrington Wolves being Champion Cup winners 2009, 2010 and 2012 and League Leaders Shield winners in 2011 and 2016.

Carl Bennett, CEO and his family are big lovers of Rugby League and not only do we at Trade Skills 4U sponsor Wolves player Chris Hill we also sponsors Culcheth Eagles Under 9’s. Carl's wife Tracey is a coach for the Warrington Wolves Foundation Under 9’s team.

A bit of fun!

To help celebrate the opening of our new facility we thought it would be fun to run a competition whereby the Leeds Rhinos compete against the Warrington Wolves in a giant Buzz-wire game challenge to see who can get the furthest in the quickest time. I’m sure the players will take this very seriously and will want to prove who has the steadiest hands!

New state-of-the-art centre

Established in 2005, Trade Skills 4U has been training 3,000 students a year from across the country for over 13 years, firstly in Gatwick and more recently Warrington and can boast that we have some of the highest pass rates in the UK.

We are now extremely pleased to be opening a new state-of-the-art centre in Yorkshire just east of Leeds, situated just off the M1 and A1. This means customers based in, Leeds, Sheffield, Hull, Scunthorpe, Harrogate and the surrounding areas can easily access the centre.  As with all our centres the Leeds facility will house advanced training classrooms built to the highest specifications all equipped with the latest technology.

The centre will officially open with an introduction from CEO Carl Bennett, followed by a talk from Leeds Councillor Mohammed Rafique, Executive Member for Employment, Enterprise and Opportunity, who will speak about skills in the region. 

The day will also include tours of the centre, free burgers and refreshments together with free interactive practical and science sessions, an 18th Edition preview seminar and a presentation on electrical vehicle charging. To find out more or to register for the free taster sessions, please visit our Leeds Launch page.

Carl Bennett said: “We are extremely excited to be opening this new centre. A lot of research was conducted in the area to ensure that this is the perfect location to run our courses from. We look forward to meeting those who are interested in entering the electrical trade, or experienced electricians joining us for the opening to see first-hand what we have on offer.”

For more information on the courses offered at the Leeds facility please click here. Alternatively please speak to one of our Course Advisers on 0800 856 4448 who will be happy to help you.

Categories: open day, new training centre, leeds training

Construction Workers To Earn More Than University Students

Posted by Elaine Hammond on 29th March 2018

construction v uni pay

Federation of Master Builders (FMB) report the average salary for electricians is £47,265

Many people considering learning a vocational qualification are often put off because it is generally perceived that the only route to a well-paid career is via a university degree. However, recent research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), which shows pay grades for manual jobs, proves that this isn’t necessarily the case.

Why it makes sense to get a trade versus going to university

The study shows the pay grades for both tradespeople and university graduates and reports that in general terms electricians and plumbers earn more than pharmacists, whilst roofers and bricklayers earn more than architects.

Research by the FMB also shows that construction apprentices will typically earn thousands of pounds more year-on-year than many of their university educated counterparts.

The research aims to prove that there are many career paths a school leaver can take without a degree and shatters the myth that apprenticeships have very little formal progression.

Money talks!

FMB’s chief executive Brian Berry said: “Money talks, and when it comes to annual salaries, a career in construction trumps many university graduate roles.

"The average university graduate earns £32,000 a year whereas your average brickie or roofer is earning £42,000 a year across the UK. Indeed, in London, a bricklayer is commanding wages of up to £90,000 a year."

"Pursuing a career in construction is therefore becoming an increasingly savvy move. University students graduate with an average £50,800 of debt, according to The Institute for Fiscal Studies, while apprentices pass the finish line completely debt-free.

"Not only that, apprentices earn while they learn, taking home around £17,000 a year. We are therefore calling on all parents, teachers and young people, who too often favour academic education, to give a career in construction serious consideration.”

Small building firms across the UK were asked what they paid their tradespeople and the average annual salaries were as follows:

Site managers - £51,266

Plumbers - £48,675

Supervisors - £48,407

Electricians - £47,265

Civil engineering operatives - £44,253

Steel fixers - £44,174

Roofers - £42,303

Bricklayers - £42,034

Carpenters and joiners - £41,413

Plasterers - £41,045

Scaffolders - £40,942

Floorers - £39,131

Plant operatives - £38,409

Painters and decorators - £34,587

General construction operatives - £32,392

The report also shows that university graduates were found to earn the following average annual salaries:

Pharmacists - £42,252

Dental practitioners - £40,268

Architects - £38,228

Teachers - £37,805

Chartered and certified accountants - £37,748

Midwives - £36,188

Veterinarians - £36,446

Physiotherapists - £32,065

Nurses - £31,867

Mr Berry added: “The construction industry is in the midst of an acute skills crisis and we are in dire need of more young people, including women and ethnic minorities, to join us.

"Our latest research shows that more than two-thirds of construction SMEs are struggling to hire bricklayers and 63 per cent are having problems hiring carpenters. This is a stark reminder of how the government's housing targets could be scuppered by a lack of skilled workers.

"The FMB is committed to working to improve the quality and quantity of apprenticeships because the only way we will build a sustainable skills base is by training more young people, and to a high standard.”

We’re pleased to see that this report shows that the average salary for electricians is higher than that reported by the ONS which is where the data for our 2018 Trades Salary Survey came from. This is only good news for anyone thinking of entering the industry and shows that it pays to enter the construction industry.

Of course, salary ranges will depend on a number of factors including, experience, qualifications, location and job responsibility etc and the starting salary for an entry level electrician will inevitably be lower.

If you are interested in an electrical training course, please visit our Course Finder page or speak to one of our course advisors on 01293 529777.

Source: www.irishnews.com

Categories: salary, pay, construction, graduates, university

150,000 Construction Jobs To Be Created In The Next Five Years

Posted by Elaine Hammond on 8th February 2018

construction jobs on the rise

Despite the gloom around Carillion and Brexit, it is predicted that 150,000 jobs are set to be created in the construction sector over the next five years.

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) predicts that 15,350 carpenters and 9,350 labourers plus jobs for other trades will be needed as more homes are built.

The Federation of Master Builders reported that 48% of small and medium sized companies were also struggling to hire electricians and plumbers, with a further 46% finding it difficult to hire plasterers.

Chief executive of the Federation of Master Builders Brian Berry said: “Skills shortages are skyrocketing and it begs the question, who will build the new homes and infrastructure projects the government is crying out for?”

“The government has set itself an ambitious target to build 300,000 homes every year in England alone.”

“More than two-thirds of construction SMEs are struggling to hire bricklayers, which is one of the key trades in the building industry. This has increased by nearly 10% in just three months which points to a rapid worsening of an already dire situation.”

“What’s more, nearly as many are facing difficulties hiring carpenters and joiners. These figures are the highest we’ve noted since records began a decade ago.”

“As a result, the wages for these increasingly scarce skilled tradespeople continues to rise sharply; that’s a simple consequence of supply and demand.”

“On the domestic front and in the longer term, to ensure we have an ample supply of skilled workers in the future, the government must continue to work with industry to set the right framework in terms of T-Levels and apprenticeships.”

For the fourth year in a row employment is set to grow

Industry experts have forecast that output within the industry will also rise by 1.3% annually creating 158,000 jobs in the next five years. Infrastructure remains the strongest sector with an annual growth of 3.1%, with housing output also expected to grow.

However, it is also expected that commercial building will stagnate over the next five years, as investors are holding back due to the level of uncertainty with regards to England leaving the EU.

Despite this the CITB predict that for the fourth year in a row employment will grow by an average of 0.5% until 2022, which would equate to a massive 2.77 million people working in the construction industry, slightly below the peak reached in 2008.

The CITB Policy Director Steve Radley said: “Though growth is slightly down on 2017, it’s looking more balanced with housing and infrastructure both expanding significantly. And the range of job opportunities is growing. While we need to bring in lots of people in the trades, the fastest growth will be for professionals at 7.8 per cent and for managers and supervisors at 5.6 per cent.”

“By 2022, employment will be in touching distance of the heady 2008 peak so we face a massive recruitment and training challenge, which is likely to get harder after Brexit. So while we can take some comfort from weathering the recent storms, it’s vital that we make the investment in skills today that will shape our own destiny for tomorrow.”

Federation of Master Builders State of Trade Survey Q4  2017

Categories: jobs, electricians, construction

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