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• • • CABLING & CABLE MANAGEMENT • • •


Successful apprenticeships at Clynder Cables A


dministration Assistant Lois Murray-Wood is now the third apprentice to successfully complete the NVQ Level 2 at Clynder Cables. She has been an apprentice through The Growth Company, a Manchester-based non-for-profit skills and training organisation. Barbara Walton, General Manager, has worked directly with all three apprentices at Clynder, passing her considerable knowledge and experience on to the next generation. Barbara explains, “When I commenced my working life as an Office Junior, I was lucky enough to meet Jean the MD’s Secretary. Jean was my mentor and instilled in me good working practices and values. These lessons have stayed with me and, I feel, have helped me to progress forward with my career. When I joined Clynder I was fortunate to have been given the opportunity to pay this forward with our three apprenticeships. It has been a privilege to watch them grow into confident young people who will have an impact in the business world.” Jacqui Ogden, Skills Development Tutor at The Growth Company, has been a key contact throughout, providing ongoing support for Lois. This has come at a particularly challenging time for the education sector and work-based training because of the Covid pandemic.


Jacqui elaborates; “Lois has been an excellent student completing the work I set for her to an excellent standard. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic in the final six months of the apprenticeship Lois was having to balance her everyday work which increased due to staff reductions alongside her apprenticeship work. She coped well with this as


well as dealing with having to do our appointments over the telephone rather than face to face. At no stage did it affect her completing her work on the apprenticeship within the timescales set and to the high standard previously submitted. Congratulations Lois on your achievements, it was a pleasure to have you as an apprentice.” All three of Clynder Cables’ apprentices have gone on to further their careers. Lois has now taken on a full-time role with the company. Charlotte Murphy is continuing a successful career within the legal department at Manchester City Council. Aimee Biles is pursuing a career within the banking system. Lois feels that the apprenticeship program has been of great benefit to her. “From completing my apprenticeship and working at Clynder Cables, I have gained knowledge, experience, and


confidence. I was supported throughout by Barbara, Oliver, and Jacqui who ensured I received suitable training to reach my full potential. Because of this, I have been able to progress quickly and complete my level 2 in Business Administration. This has provided me with the skills I needed to advance on to a full-time job at Clynder. Not only has this been beneficial for my career, but It has also impacted my personal development positively.” Oliver Hingston, Managing Director commented,


“Through Government assistance, the apprenticeship schemes have come on leaps and bounds and are making a huge difference to young


Lois Murray-Wood, Administration Assistant


Apprentice Charlotte Murphy and Jacqui Ogden, Skills Development Tutor at the Growth Company in 2017. Photo taken pre social distancing restrictions.


people’s futures, providing an alternative professional pathway to universities. A company gains a valued employee, while the young person learns professional skills with the added benefit of immediate earnings and a first foot on the career ladder. I would have no hesitation in recommending an apprenticeship via the Growth Company to other organisations.”


CLYNDER CABLES +44 (0)161 629 9333 | clyndercables.co.uk


rexham Mineral Cables (WMC), a manufacturer of fire-resistant mineral insulated cables, says now is the time to focus and understand the pivotal role they play in building safety, before more lives are put at risk. WMC’s call to action comes after the recent fire in a London high-rise residential building. It says this latest high-profile incident is a timely reminder, during Building Safety Month, that it is vital for building designers and specifiers to be able to identify and install appropriate cables which can survive, not just resist, real-life fire scenarios. Currently, no fire-resistant cable under 20mm undergoes any type of direct impact testing. Whilst there is a test for fire with water, the actual pressure in this test is over SIXTY times less pressure than you would expect from a standard household sprinkler, let alone a commercial application or even a fire hose. However, fire- resistant cables that are more than 20mm undergo testing for direct impacts and “water jet” test. For many years, WMC has been calling for all enhanced fire-resistant cables to undergo true fire scenario tests. The introduction of a higher classification of fire survival cable, for those which can continue to power critical circuits in the event of a fire and withstand the rigours of safety systems such as falling debris, collapsing walls, fire hoses


12 ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING • JUNE 2021


FIRE RESISTANT CABLES IMPROVE SAFETY W


the supply chain more accountable throughout the various stages of the building’s existence. Sadly, the events at London’s New Providence Wharf remind us that multi-occupancy buildings remain high risk, and we must do all we can to make them safe. “Fire survival cables are a vital component of


or even activation of high-pressure sprinklers and smoke extraction, should be a must. Steve Williams, commercial manager at WMC,


comments: “There has been a real drive across the construction industry to make everybody in


building safety, yet we believe they remain an unidentified hazard. And because there is a lack of understanding about the important role, they play in keeping buildings safe, all too often inferior cables are installed. The sad reality is these cables are not likely to be adequate in the event of a fire. This uncertainty can only be ascertained when all current fire-resistant cables, regardless of size or construction, are subjected to true fire scenario tests. “We are working hard to educate the market about the benefits of specifying fire survival cables. Changes have been welcomed where BS8629 recognises that polymeric fire-resistant cables may not survive direct impact during a fire. It states all non-armoured fire-resistant cables must be installed inside fire resistant conduit: this of course brings additional complications and extra costs over an MICC fire survival cable.


WMC wrexhammineralcables.com


electricalengineeringmagazine.co.uk


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