Scosh electrical apprenceship numbers rise for fih year
A n air of
confidence in Scotland's
electrical sector has led to the fifth year-on-year increase in the number of apprentices attracted to the industry, according to SELECT, the industry's campaigning trade body.
A combination of greater employment opportunities, and increased optimism regarding future
employability has meant a 6% increase in electrical apprenticeship numbers, with 750 people signed up to begin apprenticeships or adult training schemes run by the Scottish Electrical Charitable Training Trust (SECTT) this year.
This rise in apprenticeship numbers – a key target of the Scottish Government, as well as Skills
Development Scotland (SDS) – continues the steady upwards trend since the 2007-2008 recession. The increases in the electrical industry have outpaced apprenticeship numbers in comparable trades, such as plumbers or joinery apprenticeships. Anne Galbraith, Chief Executive of SECTT, said: “At the pre-recession peak, we were training more than 900 new apprentices yearly, some of whom were placed with SELECT’s member companies, and going on to become the skilled tradesmen of the future.
“The encouraging yearly increases have brought us to the point where new apprentices are catching up with the natural wastage of those retiring, moving on, or leaving the UK.” Of the new apprentices, 136 are adult trainees – many with previous work experience in construction, but with no formal
qualifications. They will join 2700 apprentices over the three stages of training, at one of the 20 approved centres from Shetland to the Borders.
he Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE) has warned about the increase in Legionnaires’ disease cases, following the death of Elaine Brown, a 69 year-old grandmother of four, from Liverpool. Mrs Brown died in August, following a fatal stroke triggered by Legionnaires’ disease (LD). She had contracted the illness while staying at The Feathers Hotel in Ludlow, Shropshire. It has now come to light that another guest, a woman in her 70s, also contracted LD from the same establishment
in April. It is estimated that some 10% of those contracting LD die from related complications. Mrs Brown’s family is now seeking legal action, claiming that more could have been done to keep her safe. While the local authority had issued the hotel with an improvement notice following the first discovery in April, the second outbreak is leading to questions regarding the standard and quality of the remedial work carried out on the hotel's water system. The hotel is currently closed while its plumbing system is overhauled.
Professional body warns of rise in Legionnaires’ cases
CIPHE CEO Kevin Wellman said: “Those of us in the industry know that Legionnaires’ disease is a risk that can be managed effectively by qualified and competent plumbing professionals working to industry standards and Regulations.” CIPHE is alarmed that cases of Legionnaires’ disease are on the increase. Government figures show that in 2016 there were 496 reported cases but this year has seen a marked rise with 522 reported cases by October. Wellman adds: “Annual
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deaths caused by poor plumbing now outnumber those caused by carbon monoxide related incidents, but still there is no formal regulation of those who can call themselves a plumber. “The CIPHE (and our Safe
Water Group in particular) have been concerned about this risk for some time, hence the publication of the Safe Water Guide: Scald Prevention and Legionella, in March 2017. We strongly advise that all of those in the industry increase their knowledge on managing Legionella to help reverse this upward trend.”
leak tesng guide The British Compressed Air Society (BCAS) has made its “Pressure and Leak Testing of Compressed Air Systems Best Practice Guideline” free to
download from its website www.bcas.org.uk
. Says Tim Preece, BCAS Technical Officer: “This best practice guide covers the most commonly encountered commissioning situations where you need to establish the compressed air system’s safety and efficiency.”
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in Paris cycle fundraiser for children’s hospice
spen Pumps, which designs, manufactures and distributes condensate removal pumps, presented a cheque to Mikayla Bernstein, Corporate Fundraiser at Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice last month.
The cheque was presented by Joe Rose Head of Group Marketing at Aspen Pumps at the company’s HQ in Hailsham.
An impressive £2,445 was raised for the charity by 11 staff members who cycled from the company’s HQ to Paris. They covered 130 miles in just 24 hours, finishing at the headquarters of Aspen’s Paris-based distributor, Salina SAS.
The Sussex-based children’s hospice cares for and supports children and young adults from East and West Sussex and South East Hampshire who are unlikely to reach adulthood.
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manufacturer and installation contractor E Poppleton & Son has been acquired by its Managing Director Tim Hopkinson and Sales Director Nigel Edwards- Hughes.
Hopkinson, who is also President of the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA), and Edwards-Hughes, who has been with Poppleton for more than 42 years, will now run the business as joint owners/directors. They said it would be “business as usual” for the 93-year-old Colwyn Bay business, but with some “exciting plans for future growth”, particularly in high tech sectors such as the pharmaceutical, life science and nuclear industries. The two directors said that the company’s “reputation for quality and project delivery” gave them a sound platform on which to grow the business, and they would be looking to add to the current 50-strong workforce.
9001 cerficaon BSS, the UK supplier of commercial and industrial pipeline and heating solutions, has acheived ISO 9001: 2015 certification. The updated ISO 9001: 2015 standard is the best practice management framework that promotes the development of continual improvement. Accredited following a rigorous independent third party audit, BSS had to demonstrate the effectiveness of its operational quality management systems across its business for the products and services it provides.
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E Poppleton was founded in 1926 when Edward Poppleton and his family moved to Wales from Yorkshire. It has been a member of BESA for almost 60 years and Tim Hopkinson is the third President from the company following in the footsteps of Gareth Vaughan, who was President of what was then the HVCA in 2008/9, and also the founder’s grandson Edgar Poppleton, who served in 1988/89.
VentAxia wins award for tackling air quality
British ventilation manufacturer Vent-Axia has won the ‘Commercial/Industrial Ventilation Product of the Year’ category at the prestigious HVR Awards 2017. Scooping the award for the Vent-Axia Pure Air, an innovative air filtration system, the Sussex-based company received the accolade at a glittering awards ceremony in October at London’s Chelsea Harbour Hotel.
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