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Case Study - David Murby

Posted by Elaine Hammond on 31st July 2018

Electrician Case Study

Name: David Murby

Company: Prospect Electrics

Course: Bronze Package, C&G 2377, C&G 2391

What did you do before you trained to be an electrician?

I left school and went to university to do a degree in physics. After graduating I started working for the then TSB Group as a programmer. I spent 25 years working with software for various companies in banking, warehousing and then for many years in motor insurance. I progressed up the career ladder from programmer to manager to IT Director, finally ending up as the Managing Director of a division of a FTSE 100 company. As I gained ‘promotions’ I moved further and further away from the activities I enjoyed, so I decided to go self employed as a contractor and interim manager. After completing one long contract, I was trying to figure out what to do next as I was getting a little frustrated working on long term projects that I managed but didn’t produce anything directly myself.

I have a very close friend from school, Norman, who after many years working for a bank became an electrician about 10 years ago, so I was inspired by his change of career. I was fortunate that I had a little money in the bank so was able to take some time to train and then invest in the business to set myself up.  After the initial training with Trade Skills 4U I was able to spend some time with Norman to learn many of the real-world practical skills that it’s almost impossible to learn in a classroom.

Which courses have you taken with Trade Skills 4U and why?

I took the Silver Domestic installer package initially as my aim was, and still is, to focus on the domestic installation business.

After about 6 months I took the 2391-52 Inspection and Testing course as I felt this would greatly improve my testing and inspection knowledge as well as allow me to carry out EICRs, which has been really useful to my business.

What was your training experience like with Trade Skills 4U?

I thought the set-up in Gatwick was excellent. The facilities are very good and very professional. The instructors are really knowledgeable and approachable and the support team that back them up are very helpful. When I was looking to do the 2391-52 I looked briefly at other facilities nearer to me in Reading but very quickly made the decision that it was worth the travelling to go back to Trade Skills 4U.

Tell us about your electrical business and how these course have helped you?

My business is just me and it has built up well over the 18 months since I started. I’m fortunate that I have been able to build up the projects I’ve done over time from simple light fitting changes and socket installations, right through to outdoor garden lighting projects and a three-story extension full wiring first and second fit.

The courses I’ve done have given me all the theoretical knowledge I’ve needed to do all of this, although I do find myself regularly going back to the books of course. Building up the practical knowledge carefully, making sure I don’t take on anything I was unsure about my capability for and having my old school friend Norman around as a sounding board, has enabled me to do the practical stuff that the courses equipped me for.

What are your plans for your business?

I’m happily going to stay on my own, building a solid business with a good reputation. Word of mouth has been very helpful to me already and I think many of the skills I had before I changed career have positioned me well, complementing the electrical knowledge I’ve gained. Skills like organisation, communication and customer focus that are common to any business regardless of industry.

Are you planning on taking any other courses to add to your revenue stream?

I thought about doing the Solar installer course but that not is so much of a job for someone on their own. Also I decided that at 50 I’m a little old to be climbing around on roofs! I may well do the Electric Vehicle Installer Course but at the moment I seem to be busy enough with the core domestic work.  Clearly, I’m going to need to do the 18th Edition updates and future revisions to keep up to date.

What has your experience been like working in the industry?

I get great pleasure from the feeling of completion I get from finishing something every week, and sometimes every day. Coming from software projects that can drag on for months and sometimes years without any obvious major output milestones this is very refreshing. When you get to the end of the day, press the switch and the lights come on and the customer is very happy, it is a great feeling.

I’ve also found it interesting coming from an industry where I could be involved in multi-million-pound projects where there is very individual accountability when things go wrong. In this industry you can go and do a project that could take as little as a day and be of the order of a couple of hundred pounds and, if it is done wrong, there is real danger to the customer and true accountability for the contractor (you can go to prison in the extreme). Part of the job is educating the customer because what seems simple to them can often involve a lot more than they think and I now see why the public often undervalue the skilled trades. This is where being a member of the NICEIC has been useful to me and I see that NAPIT, ELECSA and other trade bodies are trying hard to get the public to understand the needs to have correctly trained people carry out work.

What advice would you give to someone looking to train as an electrician?

Get a good mentor – I could not have done this without my friend Norman who has been an inspiration and sounding block throughout the whole process. You need someone you can discuss things with and learn from. Also, have a good financial plan so you know what you are getting into as the set-up costs are not small if you want to do this properly.

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

Firstly, all the instructors I dealt with were first class. They explained everything clearly and sometimes from two or three different approaches to allow for the different learning styles of different class members. They have great experience (and great patience) to draw upon.

The facilities are very good for learning. There is plenty of practical application and opportunity to get on the tools as well as the theoretical learning. The balance between the two in the Silver course I did was really good.

We would like to thank David for sharing his experiences with us and wish him well for the future.

Categories: qualifications, electrician, case study, trade

Top Tips on Quoting Electrical Jobs

Posted by Michaela Elcoat on 21st June 2018

Estimating the cost of a job depends on a few factors whatever trade you may be working in. It becomes easier to price jobs once you have more experience under your belt. Being able to quote jobs correctly ensures your company will continue to run efficiently. It’s key to remember to get the balance correct in not overpricing or under-pricing jobs, where you as the tradesman could potentially be left out of pocket.

An electrician can be put under pressure from potential customers to provide a quote on the spot as people are generally time poor. Ideally, an electrician would visit a job and provide a cost one or two days later. However, with people wanting quotes immediately combined with the amount of competitors out there vying for business, it’s important to have an idea of cost of materials and your hourly rate. This way you can prepare and calculate effectively without the added pressure.

To help you offer the best prices for customers, we have put a guide together.

Price of Resources

As mentioned before, it’s a good idea to have rough knowledge of the prices of parts and materials and the length of time it takes to work with these parts. Also, considerations need to be made for bulk buying prices or purchasing in smaller amounts from suppliers as this will have an effect on prices.

Remember to keep in mind materials can fluctuate in price all the time. Copper wire can change over time and geographically. Keep a number of suppliers in mind to see who offers the best price for materials in line with the particular job.

Competitors

This should always be at the forefront of your mind. It’s good business practice to not just know who you’re competing against but also what they are charging and quoting customers.

If a customer has been shopping around, asking them outright what they have been quoted can give you figures to work with and lets the customer also receive the best price for the quality of work they will receive. Don’t be afraid to ask this question as it could put you in a better position and shows you have their best interests in mind.

Location

Factoring where you will be based for the day or coming weeks will have an impact on your travelling costs too. Make sure the price of fuel or transport is included in the costings so they are covered.

Scale of the Job

Assessing the scale of the job is important. Knowing whether it is too much to take on or if the job will take a few weeks can have an impact on the price. Within this, it’s essential to consider whether tools will need to be hired for the job as these will need to be factored into the price. Judging if the job will require an extra pair of hands will need to be filtered in as you will need to include the following; pay, employer’s liability insurance and workplace safety.

Market conditions

Understanding market conditions will help you offer the best price. Looking at the economy in general to see if customers are spending money or if they are cost-cutting will enable to you price according to their budget.

Having awareness of the local and regional electrical market will give you the upper-hand when providing quotes. If you are the only electrician in the vicinity you will have a majority share of the market and will hopefully be in demand! However, if the market is saturated with electricians your pricing will need to reflect this and be competitive.

Other considerations that will drive your prices up and down will be the potential changes to tax import duties, employment law (if required) and changes in regulations.

Handling your Time

Managing your diary will enable you to handle your jobs effectively. This will generally come with experience as you start to understand how long each job will take you. However, it’s good practice to tell your customers when you will be able to work on a project and if for any reason you get a cancellation you can bump your next customer up. This will show that you’re keen to work on the job and get it completed for them.

Experience

Take each job as a learning experience. Once you have quoted and worked on a few electrical jobs you will begin to gain a better understanding of your own pricing structure.

You will learn what jobs are the most profitable and the length of time it will take you to complete different workloads. As time goes on, you will become more confident and will be able to provide correct quotes to customers and know which jobs to turn down if you have to.

Within this time, you should be able to build a good solid reputation for yourself and your business which should always mean you’re busy!

We hope this guide is useful and you will go out into the industry prepared and ready to work on different electrical projects.

Categories: electrician, pricing, quotes, customers, business

Case Study Kenny Whittle

Posted by Michaela Elcoat on 24th May 2018

 

Course: 2365 Level 2 & 3

1. What did you do before you started training to be an electrician?

Before training at Trade Skills 4U, I worked in asset management. 

2. What was your reason for training?

I chose to train as an electrician because I had grown tired with working in an office environment and travelling to the same place of work day after day. I wanted abit more variety.

3. Why did you choose the electrical field?

Before becoming an asset manager, I worked in a factory producing vehicle wiring harnesses, thus, electrical work was the obvious choice. Also, working as an electrician would allow me to work in different locations and earn good money at the sme time so it met my needs.

4. Are you working as an electrician whilst studying?

I started working as an electrician 2 months into my level 2 course, for a company that maintains the electrical systems in a newspaper printers whilst also taking on various other contracts.The 2365 course allowed me to come into the industry and prove useful to the team on day one. I also noticed that as I progressed through the course, I could continue to take on more responsibility and tasks.

5. What do you enjoy most about the course? 

As a fan of science, particularly physics, I enjoyed learning about the theory behind electricity and how to carry out cable calculations.

6. Are you struggling with any of the topics?

So far, I haven't struggled with any of the topics or modules.

7. How would you describe the facilities at TS4U?

TS4U facilities are excellent. At no point did the group lose out due to facilities not being adequate.

8. Do you have any plans to gain more electrical qualifications?

I will use TS4U in the near future to get my inspection and testing certificate. Doing the course, and it being so diverse has made me realise how much I enjoy the theoretical and designing side of the industry. So I am contemplating further qualifications in that field.

9. What advice would you give to others thinking of taking the 2365?

Just sign up and change your life for the better. The course is over before you know it and then you are away. I am disappointed with myself I didn't do it sooner.

10. What are your plans for the future?

I will spend a few years on the tools as was my initial reason for starting the course, but eventually I would like to go into designing installations and perhaps teaching later on.

Categories: qualifications, electrician, case study, trade

New Yorkshire Facility Opens with Great Success!

Posted by Michaela Elcoat on 11th May 2018

On Wednesday 9th May, we officially opened our brand new Yorkshire facility on Hawthorne Park, East Leeds. The event opened with an inspirational speech from CEO Carl Bennett, who spoke about his journey to forming Trade Skills 4U in 2005 and the reasons he did so at the age of 40. Carl continued to speak about the positive impacts electrical training courses can have on people’s lives and the excellent company values we possess.

After Carl finished his speech, we heard from Leeds City Councillor Mohammed Rafique the Executive Member for Employment, Enterprise and Opportunity. Mohammed gave a warm welcome to the new centre, and stated how excited he was to introduce us to the city and regional area. He went on to mention the rate and speed Yorkshire is growing and how there is a great need for electricians and fellow tradesman in the area. He also said these newly skilled people will contribute greatly to the region.

Councillor Rafique finished by thanking us for investing in the city and said that he is looking forward to hearing about the progress students make at the centre going forward.

 

Click below to watch the video:

 

 

Once the speeches had finished, guests were invited to explore the centre and speak with tutors and staff about the various courses available. Others ventured outside to watch the Tesla car do its dance! Or have a go on the power tools supplied by Hitachi. Quest electrical wholesalers were also in attendance to speak to those who needed any advice. 

Inside the building there was a chance to win a KT63 by completing the giant Buzz-wire in the fastest time. The quickest time we recorded was an incredibly fast 35 seconds by Haider Nawaz, so a tester will be on its way to him soon! 

Throughout the afternoon there were various seminars and interactive sessions taking place that our guests were welcome to join. These included an 18th Edition Preview, Electric Vehicle charging seminar hosted by Rolec and an interactive practical and Interactive Science session. 

We are extremely happy that the day ran very smoothly and hope that our guests enjoyed the activities on offer and free food supplied by KK Catering Ltd. We’d like to give a massive thank you to everyone who attended and we hope to see you back in the centre very soon. We’re very excited for the new courses to begin on the 14th May 2018 and wish all prospective students the very best.

If you would like to visit the centre for a tour or to and speak to a tutor please contact us on: 0800 856 4448 alternatively, if you are interested in booking a course, please Click here for a full list of courses on offer at the new Yorkshire facility.

Categories: training, electrician, yorkshire, leeds

Case Study - Libby Rush

Posted by Michaela Elcoat on 27th March 2018

 

Name: Libby Rush

Course: Bronze + PAT

Libby is studying Engineering at university and decided to come to Trade Skills 4U to gain some more hands on experience. Here, she discusses how she found the course and why more women should enter the trade.

1. What is your reason for training?

I'm training as part of my graduate engineering scheme to improve my practical skills and become more familiar with building and wiring regulations.

2. Tell us why you decided to train as an electrican?

My employer has sent me to this course because at university I had very little hands on experience, since traditional education has a very heavy focus on science and design theory. This scheme puts that theory into the context of the real world and demonstrates the additional considerations needed to successfully design a circuit.

3. How long have you been working in the electrical industry?

I graduated from a 4 year university course in 2017 and have been in my role for 6 months.

4. Tell us about your current job? 

I am a graduate control, electrical and instrumentation engineer so my day to day includes a lot of computer based design. As part of the development programme I will be moving around different departments so I can learn more about how they work.

5. Why did you decide to take the Bronze course?

My employer has sent previous employees to Trade Skills 4U and received really positive feedback about the scheme so they've to incorporated it into the graduate development programme. 

6. Tell us about your experience with TS4U?

My experience at trade skills 4u has been absolutely fantastic, the support available for people like me with little knowledge in the subject was incredible. All the staff I've found to be really approachable as well as professional.

7. What did you enjoy most about the course?

The interactive way the courses were taught which allowed for back and forth of questions was a great way to build a rapport with the instructor and create a more comfortable learning environment. Teaching theory along side the practical elements also really helped me relate what we were doing in the workrooms to something I knew about.

8. What did you find most challenging about the course?

Jumping in day one into a pure practical exercise was challenging for me whilst other students were really in their element. It was the first time I got hand cramp outside of an exam, trying to keep up with everyone else.

9. Do you have any advice for women who are thinking of entering the trade?

I recommend finding a balance between powering through on your own and knowing when to ask for help. Working together and talking through problems is one of the best ways to learn and also break the ice, but don't be afraid to say no and that you want to do it by yourself. Ultimately, if someone else is over your shoulder and offering to tweak your work it won't benefit anyone in the long run.

10. Do you think there’s plenty of opportunities for those working in the electrical industry?

I've found a lot of opportunities within my area when I was looking for training schemes. It's such a vast industry there are so many levels to jump in on.

We wish Libby the best of luck with the rest of her training and new job!

Categories: electrician, qualification, case study, trade

Case Study - Michael Williams

Posted by Michaela Elcoat on 20th February 2018

 

Name: 

Michael Williams

Course: 

2365 Level 2 & 3

What was your job before training as an electrician and why did you choose the electrical trade?

Before, I ran my own powder coating company. I had grown tired of having unreliable staff and being forced to work excessive amounts of hours in order to meet unrealistic deadlines for demanding customers. I wanted to find a career where I could work on my own and be able to properly plan my workload.

I already had an interest in electronics from school and I've always been fascinated by cutting edge technologies. Adding all these elements together, training as an electrician seemed like the perfect solution.

Why did you take the 2365 Level 2 & 3?

It offered the most comprehensive training for someone wanting to enter into the electrical industry without going through the apprenticeship route.

What did you enjoy most about the course?

I really enjoyed learning all the theory and reasoning behind electrical installations. Knowing why things are done a certain way meant that I started to see the everyday world in a different light. We had a great tutor in Adam Ormesher, who really engaged with the whole class and kept the content interesting throughout.

What did you find most challenging?

Definitely the lighting circuits in the practical! There are so many different ways to wire them up that I often got a bit lost.

Can you tell us what you’re doing now?

I have started up on my own as an electrician. I am mostly sub-contracting to other, well established firms in order to build up my practical experience, but I do get the odd offer of my own work through friends and family.

What are your future plans to grow your business?

I have already returned to Trade Skills 4U and taken the PAT testing qualification. I will be back again for the inspection and testing course, the electric car charging point and the 18th edition course (when it is released). I want to arm myself with as much knowledge as possible so I am able to take on whatever work is offered to me.

What advice would you give to someone looking at training to become an electrician?

Work hard. Sometimes you may not grasp part of it straight away, but if you ask for help and stick with it, it will all make sense eventually. It is a really satisfying career choice, seeing a project through from beginning to end (no matter what it is) and having a pleased and grateful customer at the end of the day is a brilliant feeling.

Why did you choose TS4U?

Their training structure of 2 weeks on the course then the following 2 weeks back at home suited me perfectly. It allowed me to continue running my company as I trained ultimately leading to me selling it to move in to the electrical industry full time.

 

Thank you Michael for taking the time to tell us about your experience, we wish you luck in building your career as an electrician. 

Categories: electrician, qualification, employment, case study, trade

2018 Electricians Events Calendar

Posted by Michaela Elcoat on 25th January 2018

 

 

Bookmark and share this page for the latest electrical events that are taking place in 2018.

January

 

 

Elex - London

Location: London, Alexandra Palace 

Date: Wednesday 31st - January - Thursday 1st February

About: Elex offers electrical professionals to access the latest technologies and attend various free seminars led by industry experts discussing key issues that face electricians today.

 

February

Tech Talk Seminars

Location: Newcastle, Newcastle Racecourse

Date: Wednesday 7th February

Location: Leeds, Leeds United FC 

Date: Friday 9th February

Location:  Newmarket, Newmarket Racecourse

Date: Tuesday 20th February

Location: Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton Racecourse

Date: Thursday 22nd February

About: Useful and informative half day seminars for those working in the electrical industry.

 

The Green Building & Facilities Roadshow 

Location: Manchester, Ethiad Stadium 

Date: Tuesday 27th February

About: Meet experts and suppliers for the latest cutting edge sustainable building products and solutions.

 

 

March

 

National Apprenticeship Week 

Date: Monday 5th- Friday 9th March

About: The 11th National Apprenticeship Week celebrates the success of apprenticeships and the hard work they do in the workplace. By highlighting their achievements they hope to encourage others to choose the apprenticeship path.

 

 

Ecobuild 

Location: London, Excel Centre

Date: Tuesday 6th - Thursday 8th March

About: Want to know about the latest technology and the freshest ideas? Hear about the government’s commitment to hit global targets and meet with architects, developers to local infrastructure clients.

 

 

Elex - Manchester

Location: Manchester EventCity

Date: Thursday 15th - Friday 16th March

About: Try out the latest products on the market, get the lowdown on the latest regulations and meet with exhibitors from across the country.   

 

April

The National Electrical Vehicle Show

Location: Malvern

Date: Sunday 8th April

About: The event features a range of classic and modern vehicles. There will be plenty of exhibitors as well trade and commercial stalls to browse through. Great event for fans of motors.

 

 

 

 

Elex - Exeter

Location: Exeter, Westpoint

Date: Thursday 19th - Friday 20th April

About: A hands-on event where electricians can try out the latest tools and hear from hundreds of exhibitors.

 

May

 

All-Energy Exhibition & Conference

Location: Glasgow, Sec Glasgow

Date: Wednesday 2nd - Thursday 3rd May

About: The go to event for renewable energy and low carbon innovation. The event will showcase the latest technologies and services for the energy supply chain for both public and private sectors. With over 400 speakers, 300 exhibitors and 12 industry sectors it’s not to be missed.

 

 

June

 

Elex - Harrogate

Location: Harrogate, Great Yorkshire Showground

Date: Wednesday 13th - Thursday 16th June

About: Find the latest tools on the market and get a fantastic discount on various products. You can also hear from exhibitors throughout the course of the two days.

 

July

Nothing in the diary yet

 

August

Nothing to confirm yet

 

September

The Energy Event

Location: Birmingham, NEC

Date: Tuesday 11th - Thursday 13th September

About: The event will be accompanied by The Energy Awards, where companies are celebrated for successfully reducing their emissions.

 

 

 

 

Elex - Coventry

Location: Coventry, Ricoh Arena

Date: Thursday 20th - Friday 21st September

About: Make a huge saving on some of the latest tools on the market and demonstrations from suppliers.

 

 

October

 

The Tool Show

Location: Kempton Park Racecourse

Date: Friday 12th - Saturday 14th October

About: Find the latest tools and grab a bargain at The Tool Show in October. There’s also prizes to be won and masterclasses taking place.

 

 

November

 

Elex - Surrey

Location: Surrey, Sandown Park

Date: Thursday 1st - Friday 2nd November

About: Electricians can get hands-on and try out a number of tools displayed by a large number of exhibitors. Savings can be made on purchases on the day.

 

 

The Electrical Design and Install Expo

Location: Birmingham, NEC

Date: Wednesday 14th - Thursday 15th November

About: The Electrical Design expo showcases various products such as; Platform to Learn More About the Fast Moving Electrical Industry. There’s also exhibitors from the Electronics & Electrical Goods industry. 

 

December

Nothing confirmed yet.

 

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

Case Study - Josh Smith

Posted by Michaela Elcoat on 19th January 2018

 

Name: Josh Smith

Course: 2365 Level 3

Josh, 24 who is close to completing his level 3 2365 City & Guilds qualification, speaks to us about why he chose to become an electrician after leaving the army.

What did you do before training to become an electrician?

I was in the British Army working as a Royal Engineer. I entered the army at 16 years old so I was very young when I joined. After seven years I decided it was time for me to leave and look for new opportunities and gain some life experience elsewhere.

What is your reason for training?

I investigated a few different trades and decided the electrical field was a job that was always going to be needed whatever the weather or season. For example a bricklayer is very seasonal, I never want to be out of work due to external circumstances and I also want a career where people needed me and I didn’t need my employer.

Also, I already have some experience in the electrical trade so this definitely helped me to choose which route to go down. I have a few friends who are electricians and they really recommended it to me, they have trained from apprentice level so I have seen the hard work they put in and knew I could do the same.

Are you currently employed?

Yes, I am an electrical trainee. When I’m not doing my two weeks on the 2365 I am working with them around the North Wales area. The work is mainly in commercial settings so we are visiting schools, retail outlets and large buildings. We are currently working on a rewire at a train station so it’s a big job. I feel like working on site and coming here is so beneficial, I have taken so much knowledge and practical skills from site each week and then into the classroom and vice versa.

Was it easy to find employment?

I applied for the job onsite when I started my first week at Trade Skills 4U and feel they were keen to take me on because I had already taken the initiative to start my qualifications. So on my first two weeks off from the course I started with the company.

Tell us about your training experience with TS4U?

I have really enjoyed training here and would definitely come back to do additional qualifications. The teaching is really in-depth and the tutors are approachable and willing to help with any questions or worries you have.

What is the best and most difficult experience you’ve had?

I feel like the experiences the army have put me through have taught me to drive myself through any situation. It has definitely set me up for learning new challenges which is exactly what this was. It has been a different learning environment but I’ve enjoyed every part of it. I can’t say there’s anything that has proven very difficult.

What are your plans for the future?

I have already enrolled on the NVQ so I will start that near enough as soon as I have finished here. I will also start fulltime work with the company I’m with now when the 2365 is completed.

Do you have any advice for those wanting to train as an electrician?

Research the training providers and try gain some experience in the electrical industry before paying for a course. The electrical field can prove quite complicated for some people so make sure you have the right skillset for the job beforehand. It’s never too late to learn a new trade either, I’m glad I picked Trade Skills 4U as they have demonstrated their knowledge from the get go and the tutors couldn’t have been more helpful.

 

We wish Josh all the best with NVQ and starting fulltime employment. 

 

Categories: electrician, 2365, study

JIB Launch New ECS Check & Registered Electrician System

Posted by Michaela Elcoat on 16th January 2018

What is it?

A new checking system has been launched by the Joint Industry Board (JIB) that enables clients and contractors to authenticate the skills of electricians.

The new Electronic Certification Scheme (ECS) Check is an online portal that provides information of an ECS cardholder that is due to work on site. The portal is also a beneficial platform that electrical contractors can utilise to showcase their own staff skills profile during tenders or projects.

 

 

The purpose of the website is to give clients full confidence that projects are being carried out by qualified and professional electrical tradesman. 

Who can register on the scheme?

Currently, eligible ECS cardholders who are qualified to NVQ level 3 and the current BS7671 Wiring Regulations are due to be notified about the opportunity to register to become an ECS Registered Electrician. All those wishing to do so, must enrol to a Code of Professional Practice, which includes a commitment to Continuing Professional Development. 

How do you register?

Existing ECS gold card holders can upgrade their card to include Registered Electrician status. It is also easy to upgrade when you renew your card. All you will need to do is prove you are qualified in the latest wiring regulations as well as sign up to a professional code of conduct.

If you do not currently hold an ECS card you can make an application as normal and the card will be issued.

Visit this here for more information 

Why has the scheme been launched?

One of the main reasons behind the ECS card scheme is down to public perception and contractor’s awareness of untrained and under qualified tradesmen on site. Paying customers and contractors want to know they are dealing with professional electricians who are qualified in the areas they say they are, so the work carried out complies with all health and safety regulations.

They key difference between the normal Gold Card and new Registered Electrician card is the need to hold the latest wiring regulations. As such the new scheme is designed to highlight the fact that the installer is qualified with the latest regulations.

Once a personal card has been issued, an electricians profile will automatically be updated on the ECS Check for contractors and customers to view. The intention is to build a national database or qualified electricians which can be easily verified online.

How can you check if an electrician is registered?

If employers want to utilise the site, they can use the Employer Portal to find out if an individual is registered. They should also be able to use the employer portal to allocate skilled electricians to specific jobs.  This can be crucial for an electrical company because until now, a client has never been able to visibly access the make-up of a workforce. 

Another added benefit for both an employer and client is that whilst a job is taking place, both can access Real Time information from site access as well as audits.

Ultimately, the new ECS Check system is an added bonus to the ECS Card. Once you have completed the full application process and entered your full information onto the MyECS profile you will have a tangible card and you will automatically be linked to the online portal which customers and clients can view. If you’re an employer there seems to be more to utilise on the system in terms of applying for contracts and going through the tender process with clients, then there’s the added ability to view jobs during the Real Time process. 

The new service has been rolled out across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, for more information on ECS Check visit here.

If you’re an electrician and want an ECS Card, the price is from £60 upwards and can be purchase online.

Categories: electrician, card, system, ecs

James Lasowski - Case Study

Posted by Elaine Hammond on 16th January 2018

Case Study

Name: James Lasowski

Courses studied: C&G2365, C&G2357, C&G 2392-10 Inspection & Testing, 17th Edition

 

We recently spoke to James to find out what his reasons were for changing his career after 10 years to train as a sparky. 

What did you do before you became an electrician?

Before I became an electrician, I was a lifeguard for 10 years. It was a challenging role but very much the same every day and I became bored with the role as there was not much development to be had.

What was your reason for Training?

My reason for training was that I believed gaining a trade to be a fantastic career move, plus it had been suggested by a friend that Trade Skills 4U do a good electrician's courses.

Tell us about why you chose to become an electrician?

I chose to become an electrician because I have worked on site before as a labourer and was always interested in what the electricians were working on. I also think that being an electrician is an interesting role where I can develop and learn at my own pace.

Why did you decide to take the C&G2365 course?

I chose to take the C&G 2365 course so that I could learn more about the electrical trade and develop practical skills whilst learning from a teacher who has previously been on the tools.

Tell us about the job you do now and how this training has helped you?

At the moment I am working for agencies across London. This training has helped me by providing the necessary practical experience and theoretical knowledge which I can apply to my work on site.

The course also helped me gain my first work in the industry by having a session dedicated to CV building which helped identify key things to include that employers would look for. They also had a Facebook page which would regularly be updated with new roles as it is always interesting to see what is out there.

How long have you been working in the electrical industry?

I have been working in the electrical industry for 2 years now and have loved it!

What other courses are you hoping to attend at Trade Skills 4U and why?

I plan to attend the Inspection and Testing 2391 because I want to develop my testing skills.

Please tell us about your training with Trade Skills 4U. What were your best bits, difficult bits, interesting bits?

My favourite bit at Trade Skills 4U was the practical sessions. My tutor was a good teacher and explained the practical side very well. However, I did find the fault finding difficult and got confused on a few of the tasks but I found the theory very interesting, especially when I was doing the math.

What are your plans for the future?

In the future I plan on becoming a sole trader so that I can perform my ow inspection and testing.

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

My favourite period was when I was working as an electrical mate in a hotel in Tower Bridge. I learned a lot about metal work and wiring circuits in toilets.

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

I would say that the classroom atmosphere was brilliant and the materials were good, and of course really enjoyed the free coffee.

 

We would like to thank James for sharing his experiences with us and wish him well for the future.

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