This page will be updated throughout the month with the latest electrical news, updates for lecturers, students and apprentices, plus the best of social media.
Thursday 7 May
Checkatrade launches new Alexa skill to make finding an emergency tradesperson easier
In an emergency, consumers can now say ‘Alexa, open Checkatrade’ – Alexa will then open Checkatrade and ask which trade is required before asking for a location.
Alexa will then provide the top Checkatrade tradespeople within that area.
There is no need to download or install an Alexa skill for this, it’s available for everyone.
Wednesday 6 May
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter outperforms entire UK motor vehicle market
The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has outperformed the entire UK motor vehicle market in terms of registrations in April 2020, according to figures published by The Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders yesterday.
This is the first time a van has outsold the most popular passenger car in a single month since June 1990, when the Transit had higher registrations than the Escort.
Tuesday 5 May
JTL launches campaign to recognise and support trade professionals
‘You’re our heroes of today, help us train the heroes of tomorrow’ recognises the role electricians and plumbing and heating engineers play in keeping people safe and warm whilst the nation stays at home.
Liam Sammon, Director of Learning & Innovation & Director of Develop Training at JTL, said: “The work of trade professionals is not only essential but is making a positive difference at this difficult time. From offering NHS workers free emergency repairs to raising money while self-quarantining – they are in fact heroes, whether they consider themselves one or not.
“A shining example of this is the 400 joiners, plumbers, engineers, electricians and military personnel who have built the NHS Nightingale Hospital in Birmingham. We are extremely proud that two of our very own apprentices from Interserve worked as part of this team.”
JTL is offering advice to those in the industry, including help with the 18th Edition and other training needs, as well as with apprenticeship queries.
JTL will launch a free online portal where installers can access free industry-related taster sessions for engaging in CPD and upskilling later this summer.
Vent-Axia welcomes Government’s confirmation that ventilation is critical in COVID-19 fight
The Government’s briefing has added further weight to a raft of global scientific evidence which indicates aerosol transmission of COVID-19, potentially making it riskier to be inside than outside a building.
Vent-Axia has already supplied ventilation to a wide range of essential projects including the NHS Nightingale Hospital in London, Kent & Canterbury NHS Trust’s COVID-19 wards and field hospitals at Bangor University and Deeside Leisure Centre.
Monday 4 May
Red Arrow plans to transform a new 55,000 sq ft facility to improve customer service
Currently standing as an empty shell, the new facility will be transformed into a state-of-the-art warehouse and office space, designed with electricians and wholesalers in mind.
“If all goes to plan, our sales, customer service, marketing, technical and finance teams will all be based in the new building, together.” Sales Director Graham Lewis said.
“This will allow us to offer a coordinated customer experience. And with facilities such as the dedicated lighting scheme design, we can take out the guesswork when choosing the right products, while also providing full calculations, support and tech know-how. All under one roof.”
Red Arrow’s new facility will feature viewing galleries to showcase the latest products in operation, alongside practical demonstrations, testing facilities and technical support areas.
Graham added: “We are also changing our logistics processes – by moving away from third-party logistics, we can gain control of our own stock, allowing our customers to minimise their stock holding and maximise their profitability.”
Red Arrow is also implementing its Product Development initiative. Aimed at bringing improved quality and unique design features to their products, this new initiative will give customers a commercial advantage for their clients, installers and end-users.
The lighting manufacturer and distributor is planning to upskill their workforce through an ongoing technical programme, allowing them to train customers in the best use of the products.
Engineering services bodies issue coronavirus site safety guides
ECA and BESA have jointly developed two new free guides to help contractors to manage coronavirus-related issues on site.
- ‘Specific environments’ (where there may be higher risk of COVID-19 transmission)
- ‘Close proximity working’ (less than 2m)
Friday 1 May
Electricians feature in new edition of Top Trumps honouring key and essential workers
The game lauds and applauds those key and essential workers who have saved Britain during the Pandemic… from doctors and nurses to less high-profile professions such as pest controllers, midwives and sea merchants.
Claire Simon, Global Marketing Manager at Top Trumps, said: “We are sure that this new edition of Top Trumps can lift spirits in this very challenging and unprecedented period of time, as well as raising money for the NHS, with all net proceeds going direct to the NHS.”
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We've been working to enable us to restart serving the trades while ensuring the safety of customers and colleagues. We're pleased to say we will open 42 branches for Click & Collect and Click & Deliver orders from Wednesday.
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