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Evening classes launched!

Posted by Christos Panayiotou on 28th February 2012

Here at Trade Skills 4U we are constantly improving our training based on customer feedback. 

One of the things we get asked time and time again is do we offer evening classes?


Well we have taken this on board and have launched a range of evening classes designed to help you learn while you continue to earn in your day job whatever that may be.

The evening classes will be taught by our team of experienced tutors and usually the courses will be run two evenings a week usually on a Tuesday and a Thursday, 6pm to 9pm.

We have just launched our 17th Edition evening class, however soon we will be expanding our range of evening classes to include City & Guilds 2391, 2393, 2394 and 2395 courses.

To keep tabs on the evening classes on offer please see our dedicated evening course page. This means for many you can now get the training you want at a time that allows you to continue working in the day time and study at night.

This is just one of the ways we plan to improve our offering this year. We are constantly striving to be the best electrical training provider in the UK and continuously improve what we do in order to deliver exceptional training.

Napit or Napit?

Posted by Christos Panayiotou on 24th February 2012

Here in the Trade Skills 4U office we have been debating the pronunciation of NAPIT. Although we are based in Gatwick we have a fairly strong northern contingent in the office who insist that NAPIT is pronounced Nay-Pit rather than Nap-It if we were to spell the word phonetically. After asking about in the office there is a real split in how people pronounce NAPIT but have found that the official pronounciation is actually Nay-Pit so the northerners are right!

So last thing on a Friday we thought we would have a bit of fun and put out a survey. So please if you can spare a couple of seconds and if you wish to engage in this highly debated subject please respond with your answer below:

Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey, the world's leading questionnaire tool.

We will publish the results in two weeks and who knows maybe in the future we will take on other huge questions that the electrical industry needs to answer.


Categories: napit

Feed-in-Tariff Announcement News

Posted by Chloe Bennett on 15th February 2012

Engineers fit solar panels to a roof at Silvertown Solar Village, Docklands, London. Photograph: Alamy

Last week the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) released ‘a written ministerial statement by Edward Davey on reforming the Feed-in-Tariffs scheme.’ These proposed changes to the Feed-in-Tariffs (FITs) were the first time Mr Davey was able to publicise his position within the DECC after Mr Chris Huhne resigned as energy secretary at the beginning of this month.

Below is a summary of the changes announced last week that will directly affect the solar feed-in-tariff rate and the way in which it operates.

Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) requirement to level D

The DECC have said that properties must now hold a level D EPC from April 1, 2012 to receive the full value of the FiTs. Currently until this date, there is no official requirement for an EPC prior to solar PV installation national grid connection.

For those who are unsure of what an EPC is, it’s the information on your home’s energy use and carbon dioxide emissions. The certificate itself gives you information on how to make your home more energy efficient.

DECC clarified that people who want to use solar PV towards obtaining an EPC rating of D would need to “have the solar panel system installed, conduct an EPC and then apply for the FiTs scheme. The EPC must be sent with the documentation relating to registration for FiTs.”

Tariff Rates

The tariff rates are exactly as DECC confirmed on January 19, as laid out below:

*The on-going FiT legal disagreement means that an assurance for this particular rate cannot be guaranteed. However it is worth noting that 43.3p kWh will be paid for all systems that were registered between December 12 2011 an April 1, 2012 due to the government loss of the recent appeal.

This tariff level is subject to change come July 2012 and the rate will depend of the level of capacity installed during March 2012 and April 2012. The new tariff options are outlined as below:

The outcome of the appeal, although lost, has allowed the government to take the appeal to the Supreme Court. This has bought them time and allowed further uncertainly to spread across the market. Should the case reach Supreme Court, it should formalise the tariff rate for those homeowners who had PV installations during the 12 December 2011 & 1 April 2012 period. Should the government win, and this is doubtful, the homeowner would receive a rate of 21p kWh for the rest of the guarantee period which currently stands at 25 years. Should the case be thrown out and the appeal lost, the homeowner will receive the higher rate of 43.3p kWh for the rest of the guarantee period.

Either way April 1, 2012 is certainly a date for the diary for anyone interested in the outcome but hopefully the result of the Supreme Court appeal should be announced before this date.

DECC's proposed mechanism for changing tariffs after July will include an automatic baseline transgression of 10% every six months, which can be triggered early if deployment exceeds pre-determined levels. The system will be reviewed annually to ensure that it is performing well against its objectives.

Announcing the new changes, climate change minister Greg Barker said:

"Our new plans will see almost two and a half times more installations than originally projected by 2015 which is good news for the sustainable growth of the industry. We are proposing a more predictable and transparent scheme as the costs of technologies fall, ensuring a long term, predictable rate of return that will closely track changes in prices and deployment."

Some of the other changes:

The reduced tariff rate of 21p kWh will remain in effect from 1st April 2012, for domestic sized solar panels with an eligibility date on or after 3rd March 2012. Other tariff changes will apply for larger installations.

From 1st April 2012, a new ‘multi-installation’ tariff will be set at 80% of the standard tariff. This will apply to existing installations where a single individual or organisation is already receiving FiT subsidies for other solar PV installations.

Due to the ‘unlawful’ cuts that were first ruled on the cuts in December 2011, the government have said these changes should bring "transparency, longevity and certainty,” we’ll see…


Categories: renewable energy, solar pv, feed-in-tariff

Changes to our Feedback Forms

Posted by Chloe Bennett on 13th February 2012

We have recently updated the customer feedback forms: Hoorah!

The changes are only small but aim to get some more information from our wonderous customers by asking them about hiring apprentices and what their twitter handle is etc.

To be fair, that is literally the extent of the changes but for those who look at them on a day to day basis - this is very exciting.

Here's a copy below:

As we're collecting private details such as your twitter handle & name, we will make sure these are protected prior to upload on our Trade Skills 4U Review pages.


Categories: company news

National Apprenticeship Week is Over

Posted by Chloe Bennett on 10th February 2012

National Apprenticeship Week is over so unfortunately our apprenticeship taster days have come to a close!

Oh no I hear you gasp! Don’t worry, they’ve been so successful and we’ve had a great time holding them, we’ll probably conjure something similar up for the future. Make sure you keep checking our events page for similar events in the future.

Can’t wait?

We are holding electrical apprenticeship taster weeks throughout the year which are available for five days at £120.00. This taster training course aims to deliver a combination of classroom theory and practical workshops so that young people can decide first hand whether this is a suitable career for them.

The courses themselves are on an adhoc basis so if you’re interested, make sure you call up to see if we can work out a date that is suitable for you and go from there.


At Trade Skills 4U, we’re big on training and we’re even bigger on ensuring you’re on the right course for you. Our electrical apprenticeship taster courses are a way of allowing young people to understand the importance of making the right decision when it comes to their career in a friendly and educated environment. Our courses aim to get young people to get to grips with electrics and the basic of the job itself before making their mind up as to whether a career in this industry is right for them.


Give us a call on 01293 529777 or visit our dedicated young person’s electrical apprenticeship taster course page.


Categories: company news, apprenticeships

Talk To Me

Posted by Chloe Bennett on 10th February 2012

We’ve recently implemented an online chat widget on our website which will help us interact with you, our customer.

Sometimes when you have a little question about the site, a course or a pre-requisite you might not want to call us, but instead spend the next 5 minutes searching for the answers you need. 

Our online chat systems means you can send out course advisors a quick question and they can send you a response back in seconds. Easy!

The messenger will mostly be in use during office hours of 9am – 5pm but you can always send us an                                                                                                  online email enquiry using our contact us form on our                                                                                                website.

Communication is really important to us – plus it keeps your phone bills down so everyone wins!


Categories: company news

Henry Smith MP Visits Trade Skills 4U

Posted by Chloe Bennett on 9th February 2012

Crawley MP Henry Smith got the chance to meet several prospective electrical apprentices today as he visited our dedicated electrical centre in Crawley, West Sussex.

As part of National Apprenticeship week, we are holding three taster days for young people looking to learn about apprenticeships and what a career in electrics could offer them.

“To get support from Henry on a day like today is fantastic; he was able to get his message of support across to the students themselves  and help them realise what a lucrative career electrics is,” said Carl Bennett, Managing Director of Trade Skills 4U.

“Carl Bennett and Trade Skills 4U are doing incredible things here; the facilities are excellent and they really care about young people and their futures. Electrics are a stable and worthwhile career option and I am extremely grateful for the work they are doing at Trade Skills 4U,” Said Henry Smith MP.

As part of our on-going support for electrical apprentices, we are holding electrical taster weeks throughout the year for those who are looking to get some hands on experience to see if this career is for them.

These young person’s Apprenticeship taster weeks cost £120.00 for 5 days of training and can be made bespoke by schools or colleges looking to encourage students to take up this type of learning after they finish school at 16 or after college at 18.

If you are from a school or college and are interested in this type of event, call us on 01293 529777 and ask for Chloe.

Categories: company news, government, events, apprenticeships

National Apprenticeship Week: TS4U Taster Days

Posted by Chloe Bennett on 8th February 2012

We’re supporting the cause by holding three electrical apprenticeship taster days in our specialist electrical training centre in Crawley, West Sussex.

These days are FREE and dedicated to young people aged between 16 and 19 years old. Each day is purposely designed to give them a real taster of what a career in electrics could offer.

We understand the importance of making the right decision when it comes to your career and what better way to stay informed than a free taster training day that enables you to get to grips with electrics and learning the basics of the job.

 Introduction to Becoming an Electrician

 Career Options for Electricians

 Finding an Apprenticeship

 Apprenticeship Costs and Funding Options

 Various Practical Workshops

 Individual One to One Career Development Tutorial

 Introduction to Renewable Energy

These taster days are only being held during national apprenticeship week so if you know someone who wold benefit from this experience – sign them up! We’re also offering to go the extra mile for those who attend by marketing them to our existing customer database in an attempt to help find them an employer so get involved!

Don’t worry we’re also going to be holding dedicated Apprenticeship Taster Weeks for those who want to learn the basics of what an electrical career could hold with multiple practical workshops across the board. If you’re interested in this call us on 01293 529777 for visit our Apprenticeship Taster Week course page.


Categories: company news, events, apprenticeships


Posted by Chloe Bennett on 2nd February 2012


Now you can review us on our website!

Impulse buying is rare, most of us like to read reviews and do the research on a company or product before we part with our hard earned cash. We understand this and make sure we make our customer feedback and course reviews as available as we can for everyone to freely read.

Back in August 2011, we started uploading our course feedback forms directly on to our website so anyone and everyone can read our great Trade Skills 4U Reviews for them online. http://www.tradeskills4u.co.uk/pages/reviews-feedback

But today we’ve taken this a little further and implemented a commenting platform called ‘Disqus’ within our website so that our customers can review our courses directly on our site and help give tips, advice and feedback on the courses we run to other prospective customers.

Disqus is a great little company and their aim is improve conversations online so hopefully with this system embedded on our website, you can help others pick the right course for them, and hopefully find the right advice for you on the way.