The 2018 SPARKS UK Electrical Apprentice of the Year Winner is announced

Yesterday (12th April) saw the completion of the SPARKS UK Electrical Apprentice of the Year Competition and the 2018 winner was announced as Matt Taylor from Farnborough College. The two-day final took place at the 3M Customer Innovation Centre. Contestants had a total of ten hours to complete the most difficult test the competition has […]

Smart Wiring accessories to weather the storm

There are many reasons for wanting to add a wireless switch to an outdoor socket, for example switching on a light, controlling an outdoor appliance or sprinklers, or the ability to switch off power for security.   Scolmore has made this task simpler than ever with the latest addition to its Click Smart wiring accessories range […]

Starrett goes on tour

Power tool accessories and hand tool manufacturer, Starrett, is preparing to take its product demonstration van on another tour of distributors, wholesalers and apprenticeship providers across the UK and throughout Europe. The company is inviting interested companies and colleges to request a free visit from the demo van, by enquiring via the Starrett website here: […]

Snickers’ NEW ALLROUND 37.5® Insulator Jacket

Sharp, stylish looks and 37.5® fabric technology make this jacket a must for winter on site or outdoor leisurewear. Snickers Workwear continues to lead the way with working clothes that are unrivalled in design, superb functionality and fit.This great-looking quilted jacket is padded with 37.5® fabric insulation for warmth and climate control to keep your body warm […]

Hager discusses the apprentice cycle

Having been one of the first cohorts of new apprentices back in the early 1990s, Matt Price, Building Automation Support Engineer at Hager, understands first-hand the role apprentices play within the electrical industry. Having recently been elected to the KNX UK Association Board, the building control standard in building automation, Matt is a leading expert […]

What’s in store for 2018

This year a range of regulatory updates and government-led initiatives are expected to have an impact not only on the electrical trade, but also on the broader construction industry, potentially affecting thousands of tradespeople across the UK. 2018 could be instrumental in terms of making – or preparing to make – significant changes for electricians […]

KNIPEX Circlip Plier range covers all angles

In the tightest of spaces and at the trickiest of angles, get to grips with circlips by using the quality Circlip Pliers from KNIPEX. The pliers come with both straight tips or angled tips (at 45° or 90°) which allow for greater visibility and mean circlips can be reached even in tight and typically awkward […]

Starrett at the International Hardware Fair

Hand tool manufacturer, Starrett, is exhibiting at the International Hardware Fair 2018 from the 4th to 7th March at Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany. Starrett’s technical support team will be demonstrating its range of hand tools at stand B019 in Hall 10.2. Visitors are encouraged to register their attendance on the International Hardware Fair website. With […]

All finalists confirmed for the Grand Final

SPARKS Magazine has travelled across seven regions of the UK on a quest to find the 2018 SPARKS UK Electrical Apprentice of the Year and now the eight finalists have been confirmed. The finalists consist of the seven regional heat winners and the highest runner-up overall scorer, so there will be eight people participating in […]

Tackling gender inequality must be a trade priority, states NICEIC

NICEIC CEO Emma Clancy has stated that “tackling gender inequality must be a trade priority.” As the nation celebrates the 100th anniversary of the female vote (Feb 6th, 2018) Emma says that despite a certain level of progress in other industries, gender disparity still remains a prevalent issue in the electrical and wider construction sectors. […]