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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.

 

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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: yorkshire, leeds, training, electrician

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: cables, safe zones, electricians

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