As training course venues go it's hard to beat Hampden Park.
Every electrician whether they work at a company or self employed who undertake work in or around your home or business property in Scotland should have a valid SJIB ECS grade card.
If they don't have a valid grade card then there is a very high risk they are not qualified to current electrical regulations or health and safety awareness.
Every proper electrician will carry their current valid grade card with them to every job so make sure you ask to see it before they carry out work.
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You can't just turn up at a marathon and expect to complete it so after time off recently for a family holiday it was pleasing to get a 25 mile training weekend in.
The inaugural Stirling Scottish Marathon takes place in May which will be my second marathon after last year in Edinburgh and with it being the home marathon it's sure to be an exciting event to take part in.
Public entries to the marathon are now closed but you may still be able to claim a charity place - more details.
Like Charlie Mullins the successful plumber from Pimlico, London I believe the credit and value of apprenticeships is not promoted enough within schools and career advice.
University is not for everyone whether that be for a personal or exam result reasons but we need to move away from the Modern Apprenticeship option being seen as a second rate lesser option.
Especially within trade apprenticeships - electrical, plumbing, joinery, if you put the effort into not only your initial apprenticeship but also your continual ongoing learning thereafter, your trade apprenticeship will really give you excellent value for the rest of your working life.
It's good to see from the article below that the problem with the promotion of apprenticeships is now an issue and hopefully we can start educating the school system and personnel within that there is much more to a successful working life other than a University education.
Stumbled across this Sunday newspaper article today about Virgin Sports - looks like the company launched by Richard Branson in 2015 is ready to increase its pace in the running and cycling events market.
Mass-participation fitness events have certainly become more popular over the past decade which was highlighted recently in our own area with The Great Run Company launching the Stirling Scottish Marathon event in 2017.
These events are a crucial way in raising money for charity so with Virgin's not-for-profit fundraising Virgin Money Givingyou can expect these two to be closely linked which in turn will hopefully increase the benefit for charities.
Keeping up-to date with the latest news and products is obviously vital in our electrical industry and that's why I made the journey south to Manchester this week to the latest ElexShow
I attended this event last year in the same city and found it a worthwhile investment in my time especially learning and discussing the latest guidance from the electrical industry experts during the seminar events which I can take back and update our electricians.
My hotel was just a few hundred yards from Manchester United's Old Trafford Stadium which was handy for an evening stroll.
Our initial apprenticeship training is then supplemented by working out in the field and gaining hands on experience which broadens our skills.
Unlike some trades though electricians have to continue training throughout their careers to not only learn new skills but also to keep up to date with latest regulations and health and safety matters. So the next time you employ an electrician into your business or home a good starting point would be to ask them what training courses they have been on within the last 5 years and ask to see their SJIB Grade card which requires to be updated regularly and also states their training qualifications.
Stirling Electrical Services electricians regularly attend training courses for the services we undertake and over the coming weeks all our electricians will be attending courses for asbestos awareness, electrical appliance testing, powered mechanical lifting equipment and importably an update course for our BS7671 electrical regulations which have an amendment update published this year.
Good electricians and electrical companies should be regularly attending courses such as the ones above and the reason we do this is to make sure that the work we undertake for you our customers is carried out technically correct and also that it is carried out safely.
Electricians that work for SES don't just become qualified and then that's it. All our electricians undergo regular training on updates to the Electrical Wiring Regulations and they also receive training on other relevant services we provide such as building regulations, fire alarms and emergency lighting.
Yesterday at the HQ of our trade organisation SELECT our Summer/Autumn training programme began when I successfully passed my own update course on our wiring regulations and more of our electricians will go through this and other courses over the coming months as we keep our training and knowledge up to date.
Electricians (well good electricians) need to go through training every so often to make sure a safe working electrical installation is provided and you know for sure that when one of our electricians arrives at your premises to carry out electrical work they are not only qualified electricians but also trained to the latest regulations and standards.
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