Joint statement issued by NICEIC and SELECT A

joint statement has been issued by SELECT and the NICEIC (National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting) supporting new regulations to help consumers and competent qualified electricians.

The long-running campaign for Recognition of

Electricians as a Profession has been endorsed by Kevan Parker, Managing Director of NICEIC and Alan Wilson, Managing Director of SELECT. The statement says that new regulations such as

Alan Wilson

Protection of Title will provide an important step forward in protecting the safety of those who use an electrician, as it will give assurance that the business undertaking any work is assessed as competent and only uses electricians who are suitably qualified and competent. Furthermore, it will enhance the profession itself as it will ensure that only those who can prove that they have appropriate qualifications, knowledge and experience are accorded the respect that is due to such an important and safety critical profession. Alan Wilson said: “As well as introducing new regulations, we recognise that consumers contract with businesses and it is that which gives consumers safeguards such as access to complaints processes and warranty mechanisms. “Therefore, there needs to be a searchable database for consumers to allow them to find suitable electrical businesses which employ competent qualified electricians. This also needs to be supported by ongoing campaigns to raise awareness.”

Kevan Parker

Schneider Electric opens new purpose-built safety academy

built 660sqm two storey Safety Academy at its UK headquarters in Telford. The facility will enable the company to increase both the number of health and safety training courses it runs, as well as the number of training places available on each course by up to 40%. Courses at the facility will be available to both Schneider Electric


customers and partners. In addition, all Schneider Electric UK employees will now receive health and safety training at the facility. Last year, Schneider Electric trained thousands of delegates on the safe operation of low, medium and high voltage electrical products, including staff, customers and partners. For the last five years, Schneider Electric has been running courses from its training facility in Coventry. The popularity and demand for its specialist courses led to the decision to invest in a new facility to increase the quality and capacity of the training on offer. The new Safety Academy facility boasts a 280sqm hands-on demonstration and training area with over 70 low, medium and high voltage switchgear products from a variety of manufacturers, including Schneider Electric, connected in configurations that simulate real-world operational environments. There are three state-of-the-art 16-seater training rooms as well as a number of break-out areas. “Understanding how to install, operate, maintain or handle low, medium or high voltage products safely is absolutely imperative whether those products are manufactured by Schneider Electric or any other firm.” comments Mike Hughes, Zone President, Schneider Electric UK and Ireland.

eader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, Schneider Electric, has opened a new, purpose-

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