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News Doors open for electrical training

City of Westminster College AM2 Centre has re-opened its doors to local would-be electricians after a £102m campus-wide development.

The college now occupies a state-

of-the-art facility at Paddington Green boasting a modern AM2 centre, housed on the ground fl oor. The new AM2 centre is now able to provide annual capacity for 140 electrical apprentices and trainees to take the AM2, the practical competence assessment for electrical installation work that is now a formal unit of the NVQ Level 3 Diploma, and a component of the national electrotechnical apprenticeship. As one of 43 licensed AM2 assessment centres in the UK, Westminster AM2 Centre provides assessments to the college’s Level 3 students, and to any other candidates wishing to attend a centrally placed London location for the assessment, which is owned and run by industry

charity National Electrotechnical Training (NET).

Centre manager, Steven Thompson,

said: ‘Providing the AM2 assessment gives City of Westminster College the facility to verify the competency of our electrical installation students and others across the London region before they go

out into the workplace as electricians. We look forward to carrying out the assessments from our newly-appointed space.’

Stephen Plant, NET development

manager, added: We want to thank the staff at the City of Westminster College for their hard work and effort.

In brief

■ Kier has been announced as preferred bidder for the new £20m University Church of England Academy complex in Ellesmere Port. The designs for the 1,350-pupil school will see the existing north and south campuses merging into a single facility, and will include eight sports pitches, a theatre and state-of-the-art science labs.

■ Legrand has ensured a place in British motor racing history by supplying its new Salamandre distribution trunking for use in the multimillion pound Silverstone Wing at the home of the British Grand Prix, Silverstone.

City of Westminster College AM2 Centre


Legrand’s Zucchini busbars

With the price of copper having broken through the $10,000 per tonne mark for the fi rst time ever in February, Legrand has underlined the benefi ts of its aluminium Zucchini busbars and cast resin transformers. Steve Marr, marketing manager for the company’s power distribution division, said: ‘Traditionally, aluminium had been regarded as the poor relation to copper as an electrical conductor, but recent advances have

meant that it is now an exceptionally high-performance product that compares very favourably with copper in terms of mechanical strength, heat stability and thermal conductivity characteristics. ‘Add to the mix the soaring price of copper, which is fast making it prohibitively expensive, and we feel certain aluminium will soon be the electrical conductor of choice here in the UK.’

Online guide to cut faulty cables

AEI Cables has announced its latest move to help contractors with their purchasing decisions. The company’s ‘Setting the standards’ initiative aims to place the emphasis on the importance of traceability amid growing concern around the issue of faulty cables.

Clive Sharp, commercial director of AEI Cables, said customer feedback indicated more information is needed to guide purchasers away from the dangers of purchasing or installing faulty cables. He commented: ‘We are providing a range of online materials to help them

further understand this issue before they make important purchasing decisions.’ Sharp continued: ‘It is diffi cult to recognise

poor-quality cable and, by its nature, we are talking about a hidden danger that is diffi cult to detect on appearance alone. As raw materials reach record price levels, some manufacturers are cutting corners and using less copper. There is very often a high price to pay for installing faulty cable, either through injury or in having to go back and do the work again.’ More than 27 per cent of all electrical fi res are

attributed to faulty wire and cables. In the past fi ve years, there have been 1,200 non-fatal injuries and 15 fatalities, according to the company. ■ See for more details.

■ Schneider Electric has launched the latest addition to its successful Qwikline range of consumer units, the SQOSR4R4. The new consumer unit’s dual RCD 4+4 confi guration is particularly suited to smaller properties such as fl ats, where space is limited. This ensures smaller residential and light commercial properties can still benefi t from the features of the Qwikline range without losing too much space to their consumer unit.

■ Ellis Patents has further enhanced its global standing by supplying its Emperor stainless steel cleats for use in the Aseng old fi eld development off the coast of Equatorial Guinea.

■ A plant hire company and a construction services fi rm have been fi ned for exposing employees and members of the public to asbestos. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found Mansell Construction Services and subcontractor Woodlands Plant Hire put workers and the public at risk by failing to properly manage the presence of asbestos during the refurbishment of a residential block of fl ats.


ECA Today May 2011

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