New qualification to help safety and health drive good business

A new business-focused qualification for a new generation of safety and health professionals was launched today by the world’s leading body in the field.


IOSH, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, has responded to business trends and feedback from employers, trainers and experienced practitioners to create a new way of qualifying as a safety and health practitioner.


Bev Messinger, the Institution’s Chief Executive, unveiled the NCFE IOSH Level 3 Certificate in Safety and Health for Business to a packed audience at the ICC in Birmingham, UK, venue for its annual international conference IOSH 2017.


Completing your Fire Alarm installation - As Fitted drawings and zone plans

Completing your Fire Alarm installation - As Fitted drawings and zone plans

When installing or modifying a fire alarm system, as part of the document process, as-fitted drawings must be provided upon completion of the work.  To assist you with what is required here is a simple guide as to what these drawings should include.

First of all you will need an adequate drawing of the building(s). You will be off to a great start if you can obtain full CAD quality plans. Understandably, these may not always be available so hand drawn sketches will also suffice as long as they are an accurate representation of the building.

Remember, you’ll need these drawings for the zone plan too –  just make sure all exit points, circulation areas and stairs are included as a minimum.

The 21st century engineer: How the role of the engineer is changing

The 21st century engineer: How engineering is changing

Calls are being made for highly-skilled young people to take up a career in engineering, but one industry leader is explaining how the demands of the role are beginning to change. 

In 2015, Engineering UK released a report stating that 39 per cent of engineering employers in the United Kingdom struggle to find candidates with any workplace experience. On top of this, 30 per cent reported weaknesses in the attitudes and aptitudes for working life among candidates. These problems relate directly back to a lack of up-to-date education in the engineering field.

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

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.

Electrical training specialist powers ahead with growth phase

Electrical power training specialist, The Faraday Training Centre Ltd continues its growth phase with the launch of a new course.

The Faraday Training Centre Ltd has launched a new three-day Wind Farm HV Cable Termination course, which will train electrical engineers on how to correctly prepare HV cables for wind farm applicable termination.

The course will also provide insight into how a cable is constructed and the function of individual components as well as topics such as: electrical fields and stress control, electrical connections and cable testing.

Apprentice hunt for Britain's best - conducted by Berkeley Group


The search is on for the top apprentices working in construction. The Berkeley Group has launched a call for entries at the start of its second annual Apprentice Awards campaign. With housebuilders needing tens of thousands of new recruits over the next decade, Berkeley is calling on schools and FE colleges to help champion careers in construction.

  • Right now, 98% of young people believe that more can be done in school and colleges to help students become an apprentice
  • The Berkeley Group is committed to having at least 1,500 people in apprenticeships or training by April 2018

NAPIT Training Tackles Skills Shortage


The construction industry has recently been hit by a skills shortage which has seen pressure mount on the industry to employ and train more people than ever before.

NAPIT Training are preparing to help tackle the issue by offering high quality training services to train and qualify tradespeople, ensuring competence and compliance across a range of trades in the building services sector.

The demand for registered, skilled labourers is ever increasing in the construction industry. 

Carshalton College offers electrical courses


Carshalton College offers fantastic state of the art facilities for their electrical courses with over 250 students on Full Time, Part Time and Apprenticeship courses.


Technology, Engineering and Construction (TEC) Centre

All electrical courses are held in our Technology, Engineering and Construction (TEC) Centre, opened in June 2016. 


The TEC Centre was the result of a large construction project to consolidate the construction, engineering and motor vehicle curriculum areas into one single central location for over 900 students. This striking modern building provides state of the art workshops to deliver the bricklaying, carpentry, electrical, motor vehicle, plastering and plumbing lessons.


Learn to earn with AWE


Stuart Tickle, Managing Director of AWE discusses the opportunity that the smart home market offers electricians and explains the ways in which training can help.

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 can benefit from this upsurge in business and AWE is here to help.

Get up to speed with the 18th Edition

Free webinar for all electrical contractors


With just one year to go until the introduction of the 18th Edition NICEC and ELECSA will be giving contractors a preview of what to expect in the latest edition of its live webinar – The Wire!

Industry experts Darren Staniforth and Alan Wells will be discussing the proposals and urging contractors to have their say on the draft for public comment – which is out now until August 23.

They will also be providing an overview of the latest industry news and answering any questions contractors might have.

The next edition of The Wire will be broadcast live on Thursday 6 July at 9am - 10am.

Electrical training specialist launches new hybrid course

Middlesbrough-based electrical power training provider, The Faraday Training Group has launched a new hybrid-focused course, in response to customer demand.

The Hybrid Electrical Safety Awareness course has been launched following wide-spread demand from customers, who work with electrical hybrids, for a course which covers the principles of hybrid electrical engineering.

The one-day course will cover topics including: the hazards and effects of AC and DC power, an overview of the UK Electricity at Work Regulations 1989/HSG85, Safety in Electrical Testing at Work HSE INDG354 and the safe handling and maintenance of batteries.

Time to teach? College targets industry professionals interested in new career

Teacher training course aims to create new wave of teachers

Reports of a national teacher shortage in continuously hitting the headlines - with some experts declaring it a "crisis". 

Almost three out of four local education authorities in England have admitted to experiencing a teacher shortage in their boroughs.

You may have thought about teaching your area of expertise in a secondary school or a further education college (FE), and you may have even investigated the possibility – but, if the time it takes to train, the high entry requirements, and eye-watering fees are putting you off – perhaps it’s time to think again?