JTL chief executive Jon Graham welcomed the chancellor's announcement in this week's Budget of a reduction in the level of contribution required from SMEs, towards the cost of apprenticeships, at a time when the numbers of apprenticeships being started in England is well down on the previous year. 

Bsria will speak and exhibiting at the Smart Buildings Show 2018 – taking place on Wednesday 7 & Thursday 8 November at the Barbican, London. The team will be based at stand no B6 – where colleagues will highlight the member offering which covers: practical guidance; networks; webinars and discounted training; online access to business and technical information; and influence on policy. 

More than 1 000 contractors have now taken and passed their 18th Edition training with NICEIC and ELECSA.

The 18th Edition launched in July this year with electrical contractors given a six-month transition period to get up to speed with the changes.

The Electrical Industries Charity (EIC) has announced a team of three trekkers are back from the biggest challenge of the year – the Great Wall of China 2018.

In September, trekkers including Mark Doré of Edmundson Electrical, Monika Gaubyte of Keystone Communications and Jess Vailima of the Electrical Industries Charity (EIC), embarked on the 10-day journey to raise money for the Dickinson family.

Meeting climate change targets should be a priority, but automotive companies must begin offering vehicles that are not only as robust as petrol and diesel vehicles, but also better for the environment. It’s this like-for-like performance that will really win over the public. Electrical Review spoke to Steve Hughes of REO UK

When Boiler Plus was first rolled out in April of this year, it was warmly welcomed by the heating controls industry. After all, this new legislation not only sets a new minimum performance standard of 92% ErP for domestic gas boilers in England for both new and replacement installations (Scotland and Wales are exempt for the time being), for the first time ever it also made timers and room thermostats an explicit requirement. Electrical Review spoke to Dean Jepson, European Managing Director at SALUS (pictured)

Electric vehicle (EV) power electronics manufacturer REO UK has released an infographic explaining the three key areas for improvement in EV components. The infographic is available to download for free from the REO UK website and aims to help electrical and design engineers choose high quality electrical components to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their upcoming EV projects.

Breaking down barriers in construction, Arleta Andreasik-Paton, an engineering project manager at Aecom, has been named Role Model of the Year at UK Construction Week (UKCW).

Recognised for her passion for inspiring the next generation into construction, Andreasik-Paton was presented with her award by Steph McGovern, journalist at BBC Breakfast and Barbara Res, the female engineer behind Trump Tower, at UKCW on 10 October.

Hitachi Rail is launching a brand new educational programme with Primary Engineer that will see 2,700 5 to 11 year olds learn about engineering with the help of experts in the field.

The announcement came during Rail Week (8-14 Oct) and the initiative is part of the Year of Engineering campaign. It aims to help tackle a serious shortage of engineers in the UK. On current projections, there will be a gap of 55,000 engineers and skilled workers by 2020, according to the Strategic Transport Apprenticeship Taskforce, with not enough qualified people to deliver key national projects like HS2, Heathrow expansion and Crossrail 2.