Disappointing Apprenticeship Starts Data No Surprise To Businesses - CBI

The CBI has responded to apprenticeship start data for England between May and July 2017.

Neil Carberry, CBI Managing Director for People policy, said:

“This disappointing data will come as no surprise to companies, who have repeatedly made clear that the current design of the apprenticeship levy system is not effective. Businesses believe in apprenticeships but there can be no argument now -  reform of the levy system is needed urgently to ensure its success.

Boulting scores hat-trick of award nominations

Boulting scores hat-trick of award nominations

~ Boulting Group employees nominated for ECITB 2017 Awards ~
Employees at engineering solutions provider, Boulting Group, are celebrating having received three nominations for the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) 2017 Awards.
Jonathan Duffy, Anthony Dorney and Malcolm Baker have all been shortlisted in the highly prestigious awards, with the winners being announced on October 26 at The Institution of Engineering and Technology, Savoy Place in London.
Founded in 1991, the ECITB is a skills, standards and qualifications body with statutory responsibility for the development of the engineering construction workforce in the UK.

Final chance to secure your place for powerBall 2017

Final chance to secure your place for powerBall 2017

The most anticipated dance extravaganza – powerBall 2017 is fast approaching. Don’t miss your chance to dance the night away to the best 70s classics while witnessing the phenomenon of the Saturday Night Fever tribute show. Book your place today to avoid disappointment.


This year powerBall promises to bring you the best entertainment with iconic 70s hits including If I Can’t Have You, More Than A Woman, Night Fever and Stayin’ Alive.


This unmissable event in the electrical industry’s calendar will get each and every one of you dancing all night long to the best entertainment from Madhen and DJ Laura. You will also have a chance to witness the ground-breaking performance of a Saturday Night Fever tribute show choreographed by Nikki Trow.


Mirrorstone Infrared Heating Panels

Mirrorstone Infrared Heating Panels

Incredibly versatile, energy-efficient and discreet, Mirrorstone Infrared Heating Panels are just hitting the market and giving people a radically new way to heat their spaces.

They provide a modern and innovative solution to the age-old problems of too little space and sky high energy bills and users, whether from the domestic or commercial sphere, are being impressed by the sheer simplicity of their design.

Free Home Charge Point Installation

Free Home Charge Point Installation

KIA Motors and Rolec EV have launched a new initiative which will see KIA’s EV and PHEV customers receive a Rolec home charging point, fully installed, for free.


Customers purchasing a new KIA Soul EV, Optima PHEV, Optima Sports Wagon PHEV or Niro PHEV will qualify for the free Rolec home charge point.


Kieron Alsop, Managing Director of Rolec EV, commented: “We are delighted to have joined with KIA Motors to offer their new EV customers free charging points.


“This free charge point installation offer has been made

possible as a result of OLEV grant funding, further subsidised by the KIA Motors and Rolec EV partnership.”


Introducing the Haverland League

Haverland League

The installer loyalty scheme that gives installers real rewards

Haverland introduces a new loyalty scheme that gives installers cash in their pocket for every Haverland bought through wholesalers


Haverland, a leading manufacturer of electric radiators and heating solutions, has taken its customer centric approach to the next level and now rewards installers who buy Haverland products with a prepaid MasterCard that can be used anywhere the MasterCard Acceptance Mark is displayed.


The Haverland League is a loyalty scheme that rewards Haverland customers for their continued commitment. For distributors and wholesalers of Haverland products this means they now have an additional marketing tool to offer incentives to increase sales.

How to check if Cooling Output inside Enclosures is Sufficient

How to check if Cooling Output inside Enclosures is Sufficient

By Jason Swann, Rittal Product Manager for Climate

Manufacturing automation systems are delicate and very expensive pieces of kit, which perform vital functions for the businesses they serve. 

The enclosures that protect them must have strictly controlled internal environments with interior temperatures that are carefully maintained within a few degrees.  If not, the impact can be harmful to the inverter drives, power supplies, contactors, PLCs and other electrical and electronic components operating within them.  This requires careful control of the climate within the enclosure. 

Electrical Firm Targets Surge In Growth

Electrical Firm Targets Surge In Growth

An ambitious, award-winning electrical firm is marking five years in business by planning a major expansion of its Scottish operations.
NES (North Electrical Services) Ltd, which is based in Inverness and Elgin, has already more than quadrupled its permanent workforce to 60 since setting up in 2012.
It is now targeting another four-fold increase, to bring the staff up to 250 within the next five years and is also proposing a move into the central belt.
At the same time, the company expects turnover to rise from between £3 million-£4 million to around £12 million-£15 million.
NES had added four new recruits already this year – three admin staff and an estimator – as well as four new apprentice electricians.

Ford UK Dealers Seek 1,000 New Technicians to Support Sales Growth of Advanced New Generation Models

·         Ford dealers are recruiting 1,000 new technicians to support strong growth across Ford’s commercial vehicle and high-tech passenger car line-up
·         New software, electronic and electrical skills required to service Ford’s most technologically advanced vehicle range ever, including the all-new Fiesta  and new electric and hybrid  models to come
·         Opportunities across the UK for experienced technicians and apprentices
·         Comprehensive Ford “master technician” training program at the Henry Ford Academy, Daventry

Rexel Team Completes Mammoth Cycle Challenge For Charity

Rexel Team Completes Mammoth Cycle Challenge For Charity

A team of 11 cyclists from Rexel, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of electrical products, has successfully taken part in a 400 mile charity bike ride which saw them pedal from Bordeaux to Paris.

The charity challenge, which raised over £30,000 for the Electrical Industries Charity and MacMillan Cancer Support, took place over four days and saw each individual team member cycle 100 miles each day.

The Rexel UK team, comprising eleven cyclists and 2 support crew, included Purchasing Director, Peter Elliott; Corporate Sales Director, Chris Gibson and Phil Wyatt; Regional Sales Director, North. Setting off last month, the team reached the company’s global headquarters in Paris in just four days.

FDF response to the UK Labour Party Conference in Brighton

Ian Wright CBE, FDF Director General, said:
“FDF is heartened by Labour's focus this week in Brighton on the importance a new industrial strategy can play in boosting prosperity across the country. We look forward to continuing our constructive discussions with the shadow Defra and BEIS teams.
“As the UK's largest manufacturing sector, food and drink is ideally placed to spread growth and jobs in every constituency. A sector deal which enables us to build skills, boost exports and innovation will equip UK food and drink to compete on a global scale.

Training course tackles EMI in fieldbusses

~ Provided by experts on EMI, PROFIBUS and PROFINET ~
Electromagnetic compatibility specialist EMC Standards is inviting bookings to a one-day training course about maintaining PROFIBUS and PROFINET reliability in modern industrial environments. The event will be held at the offices of Endress + Hauser in Manchester on November 22, 2017 and is targeted at installers, systems integrators and the wider industrial datacomms community.
The training course will be delivered by global EMC expert Keith Armstrong, of EMC Standards, and by PROFIBUS and PROFINET expert Peter Thomas, of Control Specialists Ltd.

ECS Labourer Card Requirements are Changing

The application criteria for the ECS Labourer Card are being amended, to reinforce the fact that only those working in the electrotechnical industry are eligible for a card.

Changes implemented by CSCS mean that labourers within the construction industry are required to take a health and safety qualification. This has led to a number of individuals outside of the electrical industry applying for an ECS Labourer card to bypass the new measures that have been introduced.


From 01 October 2017, applicants will need to prove as part of their application that they are employed by an electrical contractor, or other electrotechnical employer.

Launching An All New Range of Waterproof Fixtures At Unbeatable Prices!

Launching An All New Range of Waterproof Fixtures At Unbeatable Prices!

In order to survive conditions of dust and moisture, fittings in many industrial establishments and workshops must fulfill high requirements. These tough fixtures must be of significant quality and must have the capability to survive industrial conditions. These waterproof fittings use LED Tube lights and are increasingly replacing the traditional T8 fluorescent lighting fixtures.


Here are some advantages of Waterproof LED Fittings...

Gira exhibit at ELEX, 2017 / 2018

Gira exhibit at ELEX, 2017 / 2018

Gira, one of the worlds leading full-range suppliers of intelligent system solutions for building management, is pleased to announce its participation in the upcoming UK tour of ‘The Electricians Exhibition’, ELEX.
The UK’s dedicated trade show for electrical contractors, ELEX pays tribute to the latest products, innovative technologies and brands that serve the electrical contract sectors.
Gira is set to attend all ELEX Shows throughout the 2017/2018 series, and it will display an array of new and existing intelligent building solutions and technology.

The Evolution of PPE Clothing

protective clothing 1

For workers who spend most of their time out in hazardous situations, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) clothing is an absolute necessity to keep them safe on site.  

When you first think of Personal Protective Equipment, your first thoughts might be safety goggles, protective boots, and construction hats. But before PPE clothing became a mandatory staple for tradesmen, its origins date further back than you might realise.

Scruffs, the UK’s leading experts in innovative safety wear, has taken a look at the history behind some of the most common PPE equipment and its evolution over the years.

In the beginning…

Everything you need to know about maintaining and cleaning your stainless steel equipment


In this post, Cleveland Containers, offer some top tips and advice on cleaning stainless steel equipment in the electrical sector.

We work with steel on a daily basis, as we clean and reuse old steel shipping containers into many different weird and wonderful creations, from pop-up shops to garden sheds and everything in between. Essentially, we know a thing or two about keeping it looking its best. Hailed as the saviour of all materials, it’s highly regarded due to its resistance to corrosion, staining and reaction – something which sets this alloy apart from its counterparts.