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NICEIC and ELECSA announce Electrical Apprentice Competition 2019
NICEIC and ELECSA’s 2019 Electrical Apprentice of the Year Competition is now open for entries. The competition, run in partnership with The Scolmore Group, measures the technical skills of electrical students across the UK. It consists of three different stages and regularly attracts more than 500 entrants. Technical Development Manager for NICEIC and ELECSA, Darren Staniforth said: “Over the past three years, we have seen the standard of applicants improve each…
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ECA to inspire future electricians and installers in Wales
ECA stand will showcase electrotechnical and engineering services industry to school leavers.   The electrotechnical engineers of tomorrow are being urged to attend this year’s Skills Cymru event at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, 10-11 October, during which numerous careers opportunities in the sector will be showcased by ECA and industry partners. ECA’s ‘Get Skilled’ stand will give young people invaluable insight into what it’s like to work in the modern…
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ECA Edmundson Apprentice of the Year Award finalists announced
Stiff competition for ‘Apprentice of the Year’ title Three leading young people from across the electrotechnical industry have reached the final of the ECA Edmundson Apprentice of the Year Award 2018. The final three who remain in competition to become ‘Apprentice of the Year’ are as follows: Jack Teasdale, OPUS Building Services Niall Watson, Derry Building Services Conor McCarthy, Darke and Taylor The independent judging panel undertook a rigorous process and noted that the…
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Electricians’ high earnings boost home ownership prospects
Electricians at Clarkson Evans are reaping the rewards of choosing a well-paid professional career after research proved they had better than average prospects of owning their own home. According to the 2017 English Housing Survey the average age of a first-time buyer was 30 years, compared to recent survey findings at Clarkson Evans which revealed that a large proportion of the company’s electricians own their first home by the age…
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New network launched for female electricians
A new online network has been launched to allow women working ‘on the tools’ in the electrical industry to connect, share views and advice, and create a forum for discussion and ideas. Open Circuit – the name given to the network – has been established by the charity Women on the Tools, in partnership with industry bodies the JIB, Certsure and ECA. Any working or training female electrician is eligible to join the…
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Former nightclub manager is ‘Construction Industry Apprentice of the Year’
Paul Folks, who made the brave decision to retrain as an electrician at the age of 28 to secure his family’s financial future, has been named “Construction Apprentice of the Year” at this year’s Gloucestershire Apprenticeship Awards. Clarkson Evans nominated Paul for the “Construction Apprentice of the Year” award as he was a first-class electrical apprentice who not only passed all his exams first time but also demonstrated excellent practical…
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Poll reveals “skewed perceptions” of electrotechnical pay among young
New figures from a survey commissioned by JIB, JTL and ECA show that a quarter (25 per cent) of people aged 18 to 24 think low pay levels are a barrier to a career in the electrotechnical and plumbing industries. This figure rises to 40 per cent among respondents from ethnic minority (BAME) groups. 27 per cent of 18 to 24 year olds also perceive a lack of opportunities for…