Training

  • Thousands of young people to benefit from engineering programme with rail giant

    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. 

  • Bursary helps more women in to electrical industry

    NICEIC has been helping more women into the electrical industry through its Jobs for the Girls Bursary Scheme.

    The scheme offers grants to women already working in the industry or looking to get a helping hand at the start of their career. It is open to females of all ages and designed to cover training or other associated costs up to a maximum of £500.

  • Hungary to learn

    Schneider Electric has launched an installer training programme for its range of High Power Canalis Busbar electrical distribution systems, set to take place at a purpose-built training facility in Hungary.

  • Launch of electrical training for business division

    This summer the Trade Skills 4U group launches its new corporate division, Trade Skills Business, offering electrical training programmes for business.

    The new division will focus on delivering quality practical and theoretical electrical training solutions to commercial businesses wanting a more bespoke service tailored to individual needs.

  • Grasp 10% levy move

    Large employers are now able to transfer their levy funds to other organisations.

    DTL (Development Training Ltd) has cautioned firms will have to manage the process well to maximise the potential business benefits. It also warned the move is adding more complexity to a system that many employers have had difficulty in understanding.

  • Modern apprenticeships for utilities sector

    A national training provider to the utilities sector has won a contract from Skills Development Scotland to deliver Modern Apprenticeships.

     The new round of funding will cover at least 45 new apprenticeship places.

  • Keep up to speed with disability access requirements

    Bsria will be launching a three day industry course: Disability Access Legislation & Surveys to ensure compliance with the DAA (Disability Access Audit).

    The audit is evaluation of a building or service and its accessibility to disabled people.

  • Full steam ahead

    Electricians can keep up to speed with the 18th Edition Wiring Regs, with a new online course provided by the IET.

    The course is suitable for those needing working knowledge of BS 7671, including electrical installers, designers, specifiers and those working in the inspection and testing of electrical equipment, and will prepare electricians for the City & Guilds 2382:18 exam.

  • Charging infrastructure demand unprecedented

    Over the past five years, Electric Vehicle (EV) registrations have increased from 3,500 to 155,000 and demand for reliable charging infrastructure to support this is unprecedented.

    Logic4training now has on offer an Electric Vehicle Charging Point Installer course, a qualification developed in partnership with industry specialist, Rolec.

  • Digital transformation of built environment sector

    The IET is hoping to be heavily involved in any digital transformation of the built environment.

    Rick Hartwig, IET policy lead for built environment, said: “We are inspired by the ambition of the sector deal. The IET is looking forward to playing a role in improving the quality of our built environment and making a step change in productivity. We aim to support the digital transformation of the sector.

  • Success builds for Select

    Another year of successful awareness raising, outreach and training initiatives was recorded at the AGM of Select, the campaigning trade body for the electrotechnical industry in Scotland.

    Select, a Scottish campaigning training body, has seen continued success in the last year at its AGM. Kevin Griffin was re-elected as president of Select and Kenny Duncan was re-elected as vice president at the meeting and Technical Update, held in Inverkeithing, Fife.

  • New managing director at Select

    Representative organisations’ specialist Darrell Matthews has been appointed by Select, the campaigning trade body for the electrotechnical sector in Scotland, as its new managing director, replacing Newell McGuiness.

    Matthews, who has been working in tandem with Newell during a handover period, has a wide range of commercial experience, most recently with industry bodies such as EEF, the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institute of Directors.

  • ECITB backs budding engineers to build industry careers

    Aspiring engineers have the opportunity to apply for a place on a prestigious year-long course to help launch a career in engineering construction.

    Funded by the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) and delivered by 11 colleges and training providers across England and Wales, the Introduction to Engineering Construction (ITEC) course equips young people with the skills, qualifications and behaviours to prepare them for employment.

  • Gateshead KNX Training Academy opens up new opportunities

    The opportunity to test his skills on some of the most prestigious homes in the North East is now part of the regular working day for electrician Gary Warne.

  • Foster heads up JTL marketing and communications

    Work-based learning company JTL has appointed a new head of marketing and communications. Cathie Foster joins the provider of apprenticeships in the electrical and plumbing and heating sectors based at its Birmingham Centre of Excellence.

  • JTL reports ‘excellent year’ for apprenticeship recruitment

    JTL, apprenticeship provider in the building services engineering sector, has reported a hugely successful twelve months on the apprenticeship recruitment front.

    In the year 2014/15, the company achieved in excess of 2000 starts across England and Wales for the first time since 2007/08.

  • Klein Tools and Super Rod donate £1m of products for apprentices in JTL’s National Centre of Excellence

    Klein Tools and Super Rod, a leader in wire installation tools, have announced a significant financial investment in the United Kingdom’s JTL, a training program in the electrical sector

  • Taster day sparks real interest

    A group of women interested in finding out more about becoming an electrician have attended a special event at The Sheffield College.

  • New Napit website launched

    Napit has launched a brand new website, making it easier than ever before for tradespeople to join, self-certify their work, manage their membership and boost their online presence.

    With an uncluttered design, intuitive navigation, and fully interactive feel, www.napit.org.uk  has been completely redesigned to offer a vastly improved user experience.

  • Free taster session for females looking for a career with real spark

    Women and girls wanting a career with real spark are being urged to attend an electrical engineering event in Sheffield this month.

    A free taster session explaining what a career as an electrician involves is taking place for women of all ages – whether it’s school pupils looking at their options or women who want a career change.

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