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Halloween Hall of Horrors

Posted by Michaela Elcoat on 26th October 2018

Whether you are preparing for a spookfest with friends or getting ready for the trick-or-treaters, let’s think about all the electrical horrors we come across day to day at work.

Sparks who squeeze themselves into small dark loft spaces with hidden spiders or have to work in creepy basements come across some sights. There’s also the real danger of working with faulty electrics, exposed wires and installations placed where they shouldn’t be.

With the scare season officially upon us, we take a look at some truly shocking electrical installations.


Imagine getting tangled in this mess!


Would you want to touch this to try and fix it? 


Can you spot what's wrong in this picture?


This is truly shocking!! Who on earth left this panel like this?


This looks like something straight out of horror movie. Would you follow what this note says?!


What a mess this looks like to work with! Where would you start!


Correct IP rating? You tell us!


Could you try out this balancing act?


Can you sense the tension in the room??


What a tangled mess! We wouldn't want this to sort through on a Friday!

The above electrical horrors emphasise how important it is to always employ a qualified electrician to do the job properly! 

Make sure your electrics are always safe. If you have any concerns about electrics in your home or workplace, you can ask an electrician to carry out an EICR (electrical installation condition report).

Happy Halloween everyone, we hope you enjoyed looking through the scary pictures!!!!

Categories: halloween, shocks, spooks, horror

Ocean Changes – Let’s make waves!

Posted by Christos Panayiotou on 24th October 2018

Ocean Changes

Ocean Changes are a non-profit organisation that began at the end of 2017. Its founder Rachel Yardley was inspired after watching David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II, and like many others she was shocked and saddened at the extent of damage mankind’s influence had on the world's oceans, through both global pollution and climate change.

Ocean Changes have since been carrying out regular beach cleans and work to raise awareness and to help make an impact on the effect our throwaway lifestyles are having on our seas and marine life. Their first beach clean in January 2018, at Goring-by-sea, attracted 250 motivated volunteers to help clean up their local beach thanks to the impact of Blue Planet II. Ocean Changes use their beach cleans as an opportunity to have fun, make an impact, socialise and spread the word.

On hearing about the fantastic work the charity is doing, Executive Chairman, Carl Bennett decided he’d like to somehow get involved and as such can announce that Trade Skills 4U is now a proud sponsor.

Ocean Changes has been proudly supported by hundreds of local like-minded people, who have come together to unite in their efforts in making a positive change for not only our planet but our oceans and marine life for the future benefit of generations to come.

They boast a small team of passionate members that volunteer their time to help co-ordinate their efforts towards beach cleaning, media sharing and future ambitions of education and changing old habits. They stand for ‘doing’ something about the global manmade issues we are currently facing with ocean pollution and its detrimental effects that we see and witness over and over again.

A message from Ocean Changes as to why we should care

Our oceans dominate our earth’s natural systems, they control the climate and the carbon cycle, produce half of all of the oxygen we breath and support an astounding diversity of life.

Plastics adversely affect terrestrial and marine ecosystems

Nearly 700 marine species have been reported to either ingest and/or become entangled in plastic. This includes almost 50% of all sea birds, sea snakes, sea turtles, penguins, seals, sea lions, manatees, sea otters, fish and crustaceans. The effects can be fatal but may also have other lethal consequences compromising their ability to catch and digest food, escape from predators, maintain body condition and migrate.

Plastic contains chemicals that when eaten leach out and disrupt normal hormonal function. Micro plastics also absorb a wide array of organic and inorganic pollutants from the surrounding environments.

Ingestion of micro plastics from plankton, at the bottom of the food chain is magnified in organisms higher up the food chain (including us) where toxins accumulate, and concentration is increased.

The choices we make today can change the planet of tomorrow; it takes all of us to change the future for the better.

Ocean Changes can’t make such a positive change without our great volunteers and sponsors. You can find out more about us and get involved in our beach cleans by following us on Facebook -@oceanchanges.

We may be a small drop in the ocean, but if we make a big enough splash, we can make waves… let’s make waves!

Categories: beach cleans, beach clean ups

18th Edition Key Dates for Your Diary

Posted by Christos Panayiotou on 16th October 2018

As the UK’s leading electrical training provider we are constantly being asked by customers for information on deadlines for the 18th edition changes. So we thought we would make write a quick blog post highlighting the key dates that you really need to know so that you don’t get caught out.

1st July 2018.

The first date is one you should be aware of. The 18th Edition was released on the 1st July 2018. As such if you are wanting to do a wiring regs course then from this date you need to make sure you are taking the 18th, not the 17th edition.

1st January 2019

The second date is an important one. From this date all installations that are designed must comply with the 18th edition. So from this date even if you are not qualified to the 18th edition you must still have an understanding of the changes and design in accordance with them. Also if you are assessed by your scheme provider they will have to assess you against the 18th edition.

Your next assessment date

The next date is one only you will know. From the 1st of January 2019 it is likely that you will need to hold the 18th edition qualification by the date of your next assessment. There may be some flexibility from scheme providers some of which have suggested a grace period of 6 to 12 months.

1st July 2019

This is the date we expect most scheme provider to no longer apply a grace period. As such we would say this is the final date from which you should aim to have passed your 18th edition. However you may not want to wait too long as there could be a late rush making course places with reputable providers harder to find.

If in doubt the best thing to do is speak with your scheme provider. What is clear is that from January 2019 you really need to be up to speed. You will be assessed against the 18th edition so this is really a crucial date. Remember if you have taken your 17th edition since the 1st January 2015 you can take a quick update course to gain the qualification or do our full 3 day 18th edition course. The common sense approach is to gain the qualification sooner than later. 

To see all our 18th edition course options visit this page.


Categories: 18th edition

Case Study - Dan Wainwright

Posted by Michaela Elcoat on 16th October 2018


1. What did you do before you trained to become an electrician?

I was a self-employed industrial door engineer, working many hours a day. It wasn’t an exciting job and the day to day duties became too repetitive.

2. Why did you decide to take the 2365?

I chose to train as an electrician because I wanted to challenge myself and gain a nationally recognised qualification. From the research I did about the Level 2 & 3 2365, I knew it would be the best way for me train and learn in-depth knowledge of electrical systems within the right timeframe.

3. Have you taken any additional courses with TS4U? If so, which ones and why?

Yes, I have taken the 2919-01 EV charging course. I wanted to add this additional qualification on because I think EV charging is a rapidly growing industry which I want to be a part of.

4. What was your overall experience with TS4U?

I really enjoyed my time at the Warrington centre. The staff and tutors were excellent and professional from start to finish. Also, because you are studying with the same group people for a long length of time, you make some great friends who all help each out and see one another succeed.

5. What did you enjoy from the course?

That there was always something new to learn. I felt every day was different, and I was so impressed by the amount of knowledge passed on from the tutors. The practical sessions were always the best for me.

6. Did you struggle with any parts of the course?

Yes, I felt I struggled the most with the maths & science topics. However, the tutors are extremely helpful and they make sure you have a full understanding of the theory side of the course.

7. Have you managed to get any on site experience whilst studying? If so, what is this?

Yes, I’ve been wiring industrial doors on site. I feel I have become more confident as the course has gone on and feel more skilled to work on other projects now too.

8. Have you managed to find employment since training with TS4U?

I managed to find employment towards the end of my course. Through my new qualifications I have been offered and job with Chargemaster plc.

9. Where do you hope your qualifications will take you?

With the knowledge gained, I hope my new employer will make me a specialist in my choice of field.

10. What advice would you give to someone who is thinking of want to become an electrician?

Don't ponder it, just do it! The qualifications can take you through any route including domestic, commercial, EV and electrical design. Retraining as an electrician has been one of the best experiences I have had and I would highly recommend it to anyone. 

Categories: qualified, career, electrician, electric vehicle