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EAS agreement ensures industry safety standards


THE ELECTROTECHNICAL Assessment Specifi cation (EAS) Management Committee – chaired by the ECA’s head of technical services, Giuliano Digilio – has universally agreed with the electrical industry partners to make the Level 3 NVQ the minimum


technical competence required for all new applications for qualifying supervisors. Coming into force on 1 July 2011, this decision recognises the importance of refl ecting the industry’s accepted standards in a Level 3 qualifi cation, and sets it as a benchmark for ensuring safety standards within electrical contracting. All new applications for qualifying


supervisors, who are legally responsible for the day-to-day technical activities of electrical companies in relation to Part P of the Building Regulations, will require the new QCF Level 3 NVQ Certifi cate in Installing, Testing and Ensuring Compliance of Electrical Installation Work in Dwellings. This qualifi cation will include the requirement to undertake an occupational competence assessment. Qualifying supervisors responsible for all types of electrical installation


KEY EAS ROLE FOR ECA HEAD OF TECHNICAL


Giuliano Digilio (pictured left), the ECA’s head of technical services, has been appointed as chair of the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s Electrotechnical Assessment Scheme (EAS) management committee.


The EAS specifi es the minimum requirements


against which competence to carry out electrical installation work is assessed. The management committee, which Giuliano will chair for the next three years, develops, agrees and manages the criteria used by the providers of electrical assessment schemes such as NICEIC, ELECSA, BSI, NAPIT and ECA, and those wishing to join these schemes. Commenting on the appointment, Giuliano Digilio


said: ‘The ECA has been championing standards in the industry for many years, and I am proud to be able to bring my experience to this role. By ensuring that competency assessments linked to qualifi cations are directly relevant to the industry’s needs and objectives, both the IET and the ECA will be better-placed to represent the electrical contracting sector and drive an improvement in standards and safety.’


will require the new QCF Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Installing Electrotechnical Systems and Equipment (Building and Structures). Again, this qualifi cation will require candidates to pass an assessment of occupational competence. Commenting on the EAS Management Committee’s decision, David Thomas, the ECA’s education and training manager, said: ‘Maintaining safe practice should be the driving force for anyone working in the electrical industry. Taking the decision to set the industry recognised Level 3 qualifi cation as the minimum technical competence required for qualifying supervisors is a signifi cant step towards delivering safe practice. The ECA looks forward to the day when everybody working unsupervised on electrical installations is properly qualifi ed to this standard.’


Annual Dinner invitation


THE ECA ANNUAL DINNER ON 8 FEBRUARY 2011 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, represents a unique opportunity to meet and dine with key stakeholders from across the electrical, building services engineering and construction industries. The dinner is a focal point in the electrical industry’s calendar, attracting more than 1,000 guests, representative of all sectors of the electrical and construction industries, including government departments, manufacturers, wholesalers, kindred trade and professional associations and institutions. Places are limited, so if you would like to meet the people who make the decisions that affect your business, please register and pay online at www.eca.co.uk/training-news-and-events/eca-annual- dinner/ or to fi nd out more, email marketing@eca.co.uk


HOLE IN ONE


A TOTAL OF £3,500 HAS BEEN RAISED FOR THE Electrical and Electronics Industries Benevolent Association (EEIBA) through an industry golf competition organised by Schneider Electric, focusing on ECA and Select members. Some 820 players took part in the competition, with 11 qualifying rounds at a variety of locations across the UK and Ireland, culminating in a two-day fi nal at Hawkstone Park. For more information on EEIBA, to make a donation or to get involved in fundraising, contact 020 8673 9821 or visit www.eeiba.org.


10 ECA Today Winter 2010 In Brief


■ New fi gures from the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply and business survey compiler, Markit Economics, show that construction activity picked up during November. The latest Purchasing Managers’ Index for the construction sector increased from 51.6 points in October to reach 51.8 points that month. ‘Of the three broad UK construction sub-sectors, both commercial and civil engineering reported rises in activity in November,’ the report explained. However, it also noted that


house-building activity declined for the third month in a row in November, while employment opportunities in the industry continued to be cut.


The study also revealed that the number of orders received by construction fi rms rose ‘marginally’ last month and confi dence reached its highest level for fi ve months.


■ The UK needs to establish more ambitious renewable energy targets, one commentator has claimed. A recent report by the Committee of Public Accounts concluded that the country has been slow in achieving its renewable energy goals over the last decade.


Commenting on the study, Centre for Alternative Technology spokesman, Alex Randall, said there was a risk that the government could miss its target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050. ‘Renewable energy targets could – and should – be more ambitious,’ said Randall. ‘Our research shows that the UK could be powered entirely by renewables by 2030.’ Mr Randall added that it was


‘disappointing’ that the UK had failed to meet less ambitious targets for sustainable energy use and said the country has an ‘ethical responsibility’ to help prevent climate change.


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