Sean Simpson wins SkillELECTRIC North of England competition

Twenty-four-year-old Sean Simpson of NG Bailey has won the SkillELECTRIC North of England competition, beating nine other candidates to complete a five-hour mock electrical installation at the Leeds College of Building.

"I'm so pleased to have won! I was nervous to begin with but I just did my best and thankfully it was good enough," Sean said. "It would be great if I got a place in the final, so I'm looking forward to hearing how well I've done overall."

Prysmian specified for iconic Manchester landmark

Prysmian specified for iconic Manchester landmark

Prysmian FP200 Gold cable has been specified for the Central Library in Manchester, one of the most instantly-recognisable landmarks of the city. The Grade II* listed library was built in the 1930s, and refurbished between 2010 and 2014. The Central Library is the second-largest public lending library in the UK.

For such an important public building, fire safety was a prime concern; this was the main factor that prompted NG Bailey, a leading independent engineering, IT and facilities services business to specify Prysmian cable for installation in the building.

FP200 Gold was specified and installed to supply the emergency lighting system throughout the building by Lindsay Moody, NG Bailey’s technical manager on the project, who says;

Nw approach to electrical safety training vital to save lives, says new report

With more than 1,000 electricity-related accidents still reported every year, a new approach to training is vital to save lives, warns specialist training provider Develop Training Limited (DTL). 

Most accidents are caused by contact with energised and exposed live conductors. Faulty equipment or unsafe working practices can also cause death or severe injuries from electric shock and arc flash, especially where this leads to falls, burns, fire and explosion. 

DTL’s new whitepaper, Electrical Safety at Work: Developing competence for compliance, highlights how traditional training methods fall short and calls for a continuous learning approach.

Security, service and the importance of two way radios

Picture the scenario: You’re at one end of a city centre club, there’s trouble taking place and the security is nowhere to be seen. Maybe you’re serving impatient diners at a busy restaurant and the meal they want is no longer available but no one told you? You might even be marshalling at a music festival but you’re needed elsewhere to help with worrying crowd control? What do all these scenarios have in common? They could all be solved with the use of radios. Toby Metcalf from Zycomm, the UK’s two-way radio experts, knows this better than most. 

Keeping industrial automation fit and healthy

Connecting motors to the Internet of Things

In the last few years, fitness tracking technology has been increasingly popular, with a range of devices available to help you become healthier, improve your fitness performance and ultimately live longer. These devices use non-invasive, easy to use sensors that connect directly to your smartphone or computer, giving you instant results to track your progress. At this year’s Hanover Messe, a new fitness tracker was announced. Only this time, it’s a fitness tracker for industrial motors.

Online power distribution store now open

ide Systems launches new online shop

Power distribution specialist ide Systems has launched ide Online, an online store where customers can buy power distribution equipment. The user-friendly interface and enhanced navigation ensures online orders are quick and easy. Free delivery is available on all orders and, as an introductory offer, all first time orders will qualify for a five per cent discount.

The range of equipment available to buy on the new website includes power distribution units, automatic transfer switches (ATS), site transformers, single and three-phase power cables ranging from 16A-125A, as well as a wide range of electrical accessories.

Workers six times more likely to die from suicide than falls

Suicide kills six times as many construction workers as falling from heights, according to mental health volunteers.

Samaritans - the mental health charity - told a seminar hosted by three building engineering bodies that there must be more attention paid to depression and stress in the industry.

"With the amount of energy being put into managing physical risk; you have to question whether the industry is getting the health and safety balance right," said Samaritans regional partnerships officer Will Skinner.

TESP Partner welcomes apprentice funding announcement

Steve Brawley, Chief Executive of the Joint Industry Board (JIB) and a founding partner of The Electrotechnical Skills Partnership (TESP), has welcomed Government proposals to set funding for the new electrotechnical apprenticeship standard at £18,000. 

He said: "The proposed funding band allocated to our apprenticeship is a fair one, and one that reflects the recommendations and modifications made by the Trailblazer group who reviewed our previous apprenticeship framework. It shows that the Government recognises and respects the level of investment our apprenticeship needs and their continued willingness to support high-quality apprenticeships and employers in industries that need specialist skills. 

AWEsome Training

AWEsome Training

A smart home has become a reality for many people. As products have become more affordable, it is no longer just for the rich and famous. Homeowners are upscaling their properties to benefit from the latest smart home systems, and they need someone to install these for them. Proactive and market conscious electricians could benefit from this upsurge in business.  

Working Together with Savills

Domestic Fires 2014/2015

NAPIT have recently conducted training with Savills Lettings team in their latest efforts to educate industry stakeholders on electrical safety.
As one of the UK’s leading accredited membership scheme operators, NAPIT is committed to improving electrical safety; with one of its primary focuses being on improving standards in the private rented sector.

Life after DECC

Life after DECC

Managing Director of NAPIT Certification David Cowburn discusses how the recent restructure of the Department of Energy & Climate (DECC) could affect the energy efficiency and renewable’s industry and beyond.

Of the recent whirlwind of activity across Westminster throughout the last few months, perhaps one of the most overlooked shifts was the restructure of DECC on the 14th July. In its place, the newly appointed Prime Minister Theresa May’s Government created a new department. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) was formed as a merger between DECC and the similarly dissolved Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

Simplify to Clarify

Electrical Safety in the Private Rented Sector is poor. In 2014, 16% of private rented sector tenants in England experienced problems with electrical hazards, which equates to nearly 1.5 million people living with unsafe electrics. Coupled with the fact that 5,622 accidental domestic fires were caused by electrical distribution systems in 2014/15, the scale of this risk is greater than most people perceive. 

Three steps to cloud security: Protecting connected manufacturing

You wouldn’t allow an intruder to spend 229 days in your house undetected, so why would you do that with your manufacturing facility? As incredible as that sounds, the average time between a cyber security breach and its detection is 229 days. Manufacturing facilities are leading the list of potential targets for cyber espionage, denial of service (DoS) and web-application attacks. Here, Martyn Williams, Managing Director of industrial automation software supplier, COPA-DATA UK, discusses three steps manufacturers should take to stay safe in the cloud.

Apprentices Give Evidence To Parliamentary Inquiry

ECA apprentices attend parliamentary session looking into apprenticeships

Three ECA representatives have given verbal evidence to a UK parliamentary inquiry looking into apprenticeships, held jointly by the House of Commons Business and Education Committees.

Apprentices Niall Watson of Derry Building Services and Charlotte Burton of NG Bailey participated in the session, alongside Frank Clayton, the Head of Group Learning and Development at NG Bailey.

Both Niall and Charlotte proved to be great ambassadors for the industry and took part in a lively date with the MPs, describing how they got into their careers, including the limited role of their schools in this process.  Their own experiences of undertaking apprenticeships were also discussed during the session.