As this is our first Newsletter of 2012, although we're a little belated in saying it, we'd like to wish you a Happy New Year. Apologies though for our 'January' Newletter being sent out at the beginning of February!
Apprenticeship Incentives will be available from April 2012 - up to £2,275 available for employers! Please call us for further information.
2391 - Time is Running Out!
With the 2391 qualification closing in the summer (being replaced by the 2394 and 2395), time is running out to complete it! There are only four more opportunities now to sit the written exam, so please do get in touch as soon as possible if you need to re-sit it as neither component of the 2391, the practical or written, can be used to achieve the new qualifications.
New exciting courses coming soon:
• Domestic Ventilation and Heat Recovery (March)
• Completing the Electrical Installation Condition Report
Please call us on 01392 829100 to register your interest.
Apprentice of the Year Award
Two of our apprentices are entering this year's Sparks 'Apprentice of the Year Award' - Lee Geddes (who trains with us at our Redruth Centre) of Pro-Safe Electrix and Darren Wood (Exeter Centre) of Powell & Co Ltd. The competition is due to take place at Bridgwater College on 15th February - we wish them very good luck!
Cornwall learners raised £21.00 through kind donation at Christmas for Brenda Blethen's Children with Cancer charity. A big thank you to them all.
Congratulations go to the following apprentices who completed their training with us at the end of January:
Daniel Badger of Electrix Ltd
Drew Roland of MITIE Engineering Ltd SW Region
A big apology to Adrian Stone who completed his training in September 2011 and was missed off the newsletter - sorry Adie!
Well done for your hard work during your time spent with us and we wish you every success for the future.
All Systems Go
Both our Exeter and Redruth Training Centres are currently busy with candidates taking the new 17th Edition with First Amendment course and the 2391. It's great to see familiar faces returning to widen the scope of their skills.
In the current challenging environment Electrical Contractors need to maintain links with their customers and demonstrate that they are experts about all the change that is going on with the Green Deal and other initiatives. Also, Electrical Contractors need to think about offering a wider range of services than just installation work - again another great way of maintaining contacts. Periodic testing and, more importantly, PAT Testing provide just this opportunity. We can provide the necessary training, for further details please click here.
Feed In Tariffs
It was good to see the Government beaten in Court over their shambolic (and now officially illegal) handling of FIT's. It is difficult to see, however, what immediate short term effect this will have, other than making Installers busy again for a few weeks, provided they can get the necessary components.
Thinking a few months ahead, 'selling' photovoltaic installations should still be relatively easy, especially as electricity costs begin to rise. Have a look at the maths on our website, though even this maths soon gets out of date as the cost of panels etc falls.
Again, Contractors can be the expert voice of calm when it comes to PV and other forthcoming Government initiatives - look at the opportunity it presents.
Good training is already in place and there will be more news on relevant training as the picture develops.