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Trade Skills 4U Group Launches New Electrical Training For Business Division

Posted by Elaine Hammond on 14th August 2018

trade skills business

We are proud to announce the launch of a new corporate division, Trade Skills Business, offering electrical training programmes for business.

This new division will focus on delivering quality practical and theoretical electrical training solutions to commercial businesses wanting a more bespoke service tailored to their individual needs.

Training schedules structured to your business needs

We have seen a growing demand for training courses nationwide especially since the introduction of the C&G 2382-18 18th Edition Wiring Regulations. As the electrical industry continues to grow we feel it is more important than ever the correct electrical training is given to employees of larger companies as well as the sole traders. With this in mind we will be talking to local and national businesses across the country with a view to gaining an understanding of their requirements to enable us to create training schedules specifically structured to their business needs.

Carl Bennett Executive Chairman said “We are celebrating a year of growth and expansion and we understand the importance of maintaining and delivering quality training to our customers paving the way for our continued future growth.

“We believe we are the perfect business partner to offer bespoke electrical training not only for our existing customers who we have built productive relationships with over the years, but also to new customers who are looking to work with a partner to deliver real business benefits. We are also proud to be one of the UK’s first training companies to achieve the IET Centres of Excellence.”

Courses delivered nationwide

The Group consistently deliver a huge range of electrical courses and a wide variety of specialist skills that won’t be found anywhere else in the UK. Courses can be delivered at our state-of-the-art facilities nationwide, or onsite almost anywhere in the UK and can vary in duration and intensity from one day courses to extended periods up to sixteen weeks. Courses offered include C&G 2382-18 18th Edition, C&G 2391 Inspection & Testing, C&G 2365 Diploma Level 2 & 3, C&G 2377 PAT Testing, C&G 2396 Electrical Design, C&G 2919 EV Car Charging Point Installers courses, Emergency Lighting, Fire Alarms Training, BPEC Solar PV and many more.

We are here to help

When it comes to electrical training we understand that no two businesses are the same and therefore will have different training requirements. Our dedicated training supervisors are on hand to work with and identify the needs of our customers and programmes offered can be completely bespoke, or an amalgamation of existing qualifications to provide the right mix of certification to meet our customer's needs.

If you would like to speak to a training supervisor please contact 0800 856 4448, or for more information please visit Trade Skills Business.

 

Categories: bespoke electrical training, training centres, trade skills business

Send me over the edge!

Posted by Elaine Hammond on 7th August 2018

charity abseil

This September our very own Liliane Branca, Tutor at Trade Skills 4U Gatwick facility, will be ‘stepping over the edge’ in a charity abseil to raise funds for Chestnut Tree House, the children’s hospice for Sussex and South East Hampshire, helping life-limited children and their families.

Liliane said “I am taking part in the Arundel Castle Abseil on Saturday 29th September for Chestnut Tree House when I'll be abseiling 180 feet down the Bake House Tower in the grounds of Arundel Castle, and as far as I know I'm not afraid of heights...”

“This is my first charity fundraising event and I’m hoping to raise enough funds to help pay towards the care costs of the Chestnut Tree House’s care services, who offer incredible support to those that need it most.

“I have chosen to support this worthy charity due to my own personal experience when I sadly lost my Godson Matthew due to heart problems at the very young age of 22 months. I am therefore, very much aware of the impact a child with a life-limiting illness can have on family members and also close family friends.

“The Chestnut Tree House is such a worthy charity that helps support the families of children affected, not only during their illness but also for the years following.”

Care services at Chestnut Tree House

Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice cares for around 300 children all of whom are unlikely to reach adulthood. The Community Nursing Team visit families at home, taking children out to explore their local community or simply giving tired families and carers the chance to take a well-earned break.

Children and families can also visit Chestnut Tree House’s beautiful hospice near Arundel where kids can be astronauts for the day in the multi-sensory room, or discover creepy crawlies on a woodland walk where parents can just be parents and not carers, and where siblings have people to talk to who understand.

Then, when the time comes, Chestnut Tree helps children and families say goodbye in whatever way feels right for them, either at home or in the hospice itself. They offer ongoing bereavement support for the whole family.

Whilst the hospice itself is near Arundel, Chestnut Tree has had a physical presence in Eastbourne for many years, initially working from a Co-Hub in the town centre before taking on their own offices and finally moving to Pacific House in February 2016. The office provides a base for the East Sussex care team and for a small fundraising team who focus solely on raising funds and awareness in East Sussex.

It costs over £3.9 million every year to provide Chestnut Tree House’s specialist care services and less than 6% of that comes from central Government. All care is offered to families free of charge, so the charity relies heavily on the support of the local community.

Everyone at Trade Skills 4U wishes Liliane well in her daredevil abseil, and we look forward to sharing some great action shots with you after the event!.

If you would like to find out more about what they charity is about, or to sponsor Liliane please visit her JustGiving page. 

Categories: charity, abseil, arundel castle

Four things to consider when replacing a consumer unit

Posted by Elaine Hammond on 1st August 2018

replacing a consumer unit

There are a number of reasons why property owners change their consumer unit. Perhaps one of the MCBs has blown and replacements are no longer available. Maybe they have taken possession of an old property and the consumer unit is not compliant with current regulations (soon to be the 18th Edition). Or maybe they are undertaking a rewire, refurbishment or larger renovation project.

Whichever is applicable there are four key things the electrical contractor should consider.

1. Your client is not a qualified electrician

The single most important thing for the electrical contractor to remember is that regardless of how much research they’ve done or how intelligent they are, your client is not a professional electrician, has never before replaced a consumer unit and is unlikely to be aware of all the issues.

The electrical contractor should always encourage the customer to have an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR), which should be carried out before replacing the consumer unit. This is to establish that the latest regulations are met and will ensure that the contractor isn’t left with faults to clear that were not included in the original contract.

The EICR test results will then help with the design and selection of protective devices for the new consumer unit.

Educating your client regarding the level of protection that is required under BS7671 will help you design a solution which matches their requirements, budget and expectations and need not be any more onerous than briefly explaining the following:

a. In general the UK Wiring Regulations require that all circuits are protected against both:

Overload – the fault which can result in fire in cables and damage to appliances.

Residual Current (or Earth Leakage) – the fault which causes electric shock, which can result in injury or death.

b. The Circuit Protection Devices: RCD, MCB and RCBO. What they are and what they do:

RCD – Residual Current Device

Protects a bank of circuits from residual current or earth leakage.

MCB – Mini Circuit Breaker - Protects an individual circuit against overload and fault currents

RCBO – Residual Circuit Breaker with Overload - Protects an individual circuit from both residual current and overload. It combines the aspects of both RCD and MCB and is therefore more expensive than an MCB.

2. Future proof …like there’s no tomorrow!!

There’s not a single building project in history during which the client did not, at some point, change their mind or the specification. As the project progresses they may change the gas hob to an electric one, decide that they want to put an electric shower in the guest room or decide they want to install a security system.

The electrical contractor must remember this is entirely reasonable and prepare for rather than react to it. Giving yourself plenty of wiggle room at the outset will avoid hassle and wasted effort later in the project when the inevitable happens. Explain at the start of the project that the consumer unit will serve the property for some considerable time and should be able to comfortably handle any changes and additions to circuit layout in coming years.

If during the design the contractor defines 10 ways is required then at the very least fit a 12 way consumer unit. If a 12 ways is required then go for 15, if 16 go for 20 etc.

3. High priority circuits and circuit separation

In order to properly specify a circuit protection solution which fits with the client’s expectations it is vital to ascertain which circuits require special consideration in respect of RCD’s.

Separation of high priority circuits is important because it removes any chance of that circuit being knocked out by an earth leakage fault on any other. This occurs in a standard RCD/MCB configuration when the RCD cuts the power to all MCBs it is protecting upon detection of a residual current fault on one. ..and of course, this problem is exacerbated when a greater number circuits fall under the protection of one RCD.

Common high priority circuits include smoke alarms and security systems but every client will have a different attitude to what constitutes ‘high priority’: the freezer in one home for example, may just be host to some out of date fish fingers, while another household’s freezer contains expensive cuts of venison! Home offices containing PCs, tropical fish tanks, stairwell lighting, swimming pool pumps and heating systems are all examples of high priority circuits.

4. Which type of consumer unit?

A number of factors determine which consumer unit you will ultimately fit, including the number of circuits, types of circuit and client’s budget. The three main models are:

i. Fully Loaded Consumer Unit

Fully loaded consumer unit

This is a popular solution due to its low cost and comprises a dual RCD board supplied complete with MCBs. They are suitable for smaller properties with less complex circuits and are available in a number of ‘ways’, depending on the manufacturer:

Hager: 6 way (VML733H), 10 way (VML755), 12 way (VML766), 16 way (VML716)

MK:  10 way (K7666SMET), 15 way (K7668SMET)

Wylex: 10 way (NHRSS10SSLHI), 15 way (NHRS15SSLHI)

Contactum: 10 way (DDS10166MS-PO1), 12 way (DDS12188MS-P010), 16 way  (DDS16166MS-PO1)

The main drawback with fully loaded consumer units is that they usually offer limited configuration flexibility and circuit separation. Indeed, some of the boards above are entirely fixed with no provision for high-priority circuits, such as the Hager VML755 which offers 5 fixed MCB ways on each RCD and does not allow for the fitting of RCBOs.

ii. Main Switch Consumer Unit

Main switch consumer unit

This is considered by some as the best circuit protection solution available as it offers total circuit separation but there is a cost implication. It is supplied with just the main switch and allows for every circuit to be RCBO protected. Whilst the consumer unit itself is not particularly expensive the installation of RCBOs makes this a premium solution. Such units are available in all sizes from 5 way up to 40 way. Hager and Wylex have a particularly good offering in the larger units over 20 ways.

iii. High Integrity Consumer Unit

High intensity consumer unit

This solution is becoming increasingly popular as it combines the best aspects of a dual RCD unit and main switch consumer unit. Built with three neutral bars, and supplied with 2 RCDs, the HI consumer unit allows for both 2 banks of MCBs and a further bank of RCBOs for high-priority circuits.

This means that standard circuits such as lighting and ring finals are given commensurate residual current protection, whilst high priority circuits are afforded total circuit separation. HI Units were introduced by Wylex about ten years ago and originally were only available in larger duplex arrangements of over 20 ways. Nowadays however, all the major manufacturers offer HI solutions with models as small as 10 ways, offering both the homeowner and professional electrician excellent flexibility over circuit design at affordable prices.

We hope this article helps with your decision making when replacing a consumer unit and we would like to thank Gil-Lec Electrical Wholesalers for supplying the content for this article. 

Categories: wiring regulations, consumer unit, electrical installation condition report, eicr