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Test Our New Website & Win a Free Toolset!

Posted by Christos Panayiotou on 25th March 2014

We are often told by our customers that we have a fantastic website. However we are not a company to rest on our laurels and as such if you are reading this now you will be looking at our brand new website. Not only has the site had a complete overhaul visually it also has lots more functionality packed into it making it easier to use, find the course you want and book online. Key new features on this site are as follows:

Our new site will respond to your chosen device making it usable on phones, tablets and PC's

The booking functionality has been improved allowing you to book multiple courses and multiple locations

The look of the site has been improved, lightened and sharpened up

We now have a course finder feature which allows you to answer questions to find your ideal courses

We have broken our courses down into a number of key categories making it easier to find what you are after

Above all we have aimed to put our customers at the heart of our new website. On every page you should be able to easily identify what information you want and access it from any device.

Find a bug and win a toolset!

We have heavily tested our new site across multiple devices however it is possible that there are still one or two bugs which we may not have picked up on so we are asking our customers to let us know if they come across these. A bug can be an issue with a form loading, problems with how the site is displayed or anything that means the site is not working properly. If you do let us know you will be entered into a free prize draw to receive a free toolkit worth up to £100 or if you are booking with us we will credit your account with £100 to put towards the cost of your course. 

Simply complete the form above if you do find a bug and we will enter you into the draw. We will announce the winners on the 30th May 2014. We don't think there will be too many entrants so this is a great opportunity to bag some new tools!

 

DCLG Select Committee Report Published

Posted by Carl Bennett on 6th March 2014

The CLG select committee report into Part P ‘Building Regulations certification of Domestic electrical work ‘is published today.

It recognised that the introduction of Part P building regulations in 2005 had been successful in driving up standards of installation to the extent that around 40,000 competent electrical installers are now within the available schemes.

It was also recognised that there has been a positive change of attitude particularly by self employed domestic electrical installers and as a consequence knowledge and skills levels are now much higher than they were 10 years ago.

Pictured Above: Carl Bennett MD with Clive Betts MP

Over the last 8 years Tradeskills4U as has played a significant part in the raising of those skills levels for the benefit of the electrical workforce and public safety and we are justly proud of our efforts.

However we know, as a leading electrical training provider to the industry and this is where we agree with the report, that there is room for improvement, particularly with regard to the qualifications a Domestic Electrician should be required to hold to give confidence to the public.

There are a number of recommendations in the report, which the government may or may not adopt. Unfortunately one of the problems with the committee's report, is that we and others in the industry didn’t think they consulted widely enough. For instance they didn’t consult with any of those in the domestic installer or associated trades sector to which this report is directed and employs tens of thousands of people, nor did it seek ideas for training solutions other than the traditional viewpoint and was too ready to accept a narrow view.

The report now goes forward to the government for consultation and review before April 2015, recommending that the qualification of a Domestic Electrician should be equivalent to a Level 3 NVQ. Whilst we agree that a Level 3 qualification and a period of ‘on site’ training is important, we think the qualification should be appropriate to the work the Domestic Electrician carries out, bearing in mind that most of them will be self employed, so in line with the spirit of the report we support a specific Domestic Electrician Level 3 Qualification with an element of on the job training.

The report also goes on to recommend some improvement in public awareness of Part P and a restriction on the number of jobs a Qualified Supervisor can supervise in a year, both of which recommendations we also support.

So what happens next?

Well, this report goes to the Minister Eric Pickles, he will then consult and review sometime before April 2015 and if the recommendations are fully adopted the industry has a target date of 5 years to make the changes.

So for now it’s with the politicians for more consultations. Lets see what they come up with in their wisdom.