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Want your voice heard in the industry? Join our Focus Group

Posted by Elaine Hammond on 17th May 2017

Small Employer Electrical Focus Group, what is it, why is it needed, what are the benefits?

Register your interest via the form at the end of this post

Small Business Focus Group

Are you a small business working in the electrical sector who feels that your voice isn’t heard when decisions are being made in the industry that affect you? If you are, then read on, as this could be the perfect opportunity for you to get involved in a new venture to get the voice of the small business heard.

What is it?

Our aim is to put together a Focus Group made up of small businesses and trainees working in the electrical industry. We are looking for approximately 10 people to meet once a quarter to represent the employees and employers of small businesses and the self-employed worker in the electrical sector.

The group will be guided by a director from Trade Skills 4U, and its intention is to listen to the opinions of the group, and gather information which can be used to influence future decision making around the electrical industry, ensuring that future training and qualification changes represent what the industry really needs.

We will provide the venue and supply the food and drink. You will also realise some other benefits too (see below)

Why is it needed?

It’s hard to believe that even though the electrical industry comprises of 90% of small businesses, it’s the 10% of larger businesses that have the most influence when decisions are being made regarding the skills needed for the industry, to ensure that the workers are competent. This seems to be unbalanced when you consider that the majority of the larger firms don't actually do the work themselves as they use sub-contractors to carry out an installation.

We believe that the small businesses should have a bigger voice when decisions are made, which is why we are interested in forming this Focus Group. We intend that the group will be in a position to voice its opinions regarding training needs and reactions to specific industry related issues around qualification content and regulatory changes, with the intention that the views of the group will be considered to help influence the decision making and development needs of the sector.

What’s the benefits?

By being part of this Focus Group we will give you the inside track regarding what’s happening in the industry. Plus we will share with you up-to-date information about forthcoming changes to regulations and qualifications . We will also be able to offer some other benefits including:

Having a voice in the future of your industry

Discounted Training

Discounted Course Books

Discounted Test Equipment

Assistance with recruitment of trainees and experience staff

All we would ask from you is to make a commitment to attend a meeting once a quarter, where you will be able to voice your opinions regarding what you think is needed to make the industry better by training more people with the right skills to ensure they are competent in their work and to allow small employers to grow their business. We are keen to hear from:

Self employed electricians (1 man bands)

Company with 2-5 employees

Companies with 5-10 employees

Trainees and Apprentices from the above groups

Why Us?

As the UK’s leading electrical training company, we have been representing the interests of the thousands of customers who have walked through our doors for many years. We have been involved in the development of new qualifications, writing of course books and even provided evidence to Government on behalf of our customers. We already have close ties with accrediting bodies and industry bodies but our voice will be stronger with your help.

If you think this is something you would be interested in, we would love to hear from you. Please call 01293 529777 or email elaine.hammond@tradeskills4u.co.uk, or fill in the form and we will get back to you.


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