What makes a real Driffield, Beverley, Hull, York, Goole, Selby, Malton and East Yorkshire Electrician?
This may sound alarming but not all electricians are real. Many routes exist to obtain the title electrician some through adult learning, some via apprenticeships and others via on the job training. What is important is distinguishing the difference between the above forms of training and the many practicing short course operatives working under the banner of scheme providers and part P.
The JIB who look after electricians work based rights and the standards associated with becoming an approved electrician state a requirement to hold an NVQ or equivalent in electro technical installation and building maintenance as the reference point for an approved installers gold card. Further courses such as the 17th edition wiring regulations and test inspection qualifications such as the city and guilds 2391 (now the 2394/95) do not constitute competence on their own. They are aimed at already qualified approved electricians to prove and demonstrate continued competence in the electro technical arena. Keeping up to date with current regulations and testing practices.
Also the many short courses available to join a scheme and certify work under part P are aimed at already qualified electricians who wish to demonstrate current working knowledge of the building regulations. Sadly this system has been abused by many poorly qualified operatives who have taken and completed these short courses. They have then been allowed to be badged by scheme providers and visit domestic premises under the false illusion of being a qualified electrician.
This issue has resulted in MPs debating the management of the domestic sector of electrical installations. This can be seen here Parliament debate with further information. Sadly a large proportion of those operating in the domestic sector especially are not properly trained or qualified to be termed electricians. It is not the fault of those who have gone down this route and taken advantage of training providers and scheme providers all to happy to take money from them. The problem is laid firmly at the feet of those running the courses and operating the schemes. The result is many home owners end up with poorly qualified operatives installing electrical work to poor standards and in some cases deadly standards.
The importance of having a properly qualified electrician under take work in any building but especially your home can not be stressed highly enough. Your safety and in the worst case scenario life could be on the line. Qualified electricians have taken years learning their craft and take pride in doing a high quality full and proper job utilising knowledge of the regulations and best working practices.
At Power Sonic Ltd we have time served NVQ qualified electricians as standard on all work projects. These qualifications are topped up with city and guilds certification as required. We currently have a new apprentice who started his NVQ in September and will be doing our best to add another qualified electrician to the overall work force. We would also recommend using NAPIT registered companies with inspector status as we believe this is the standard-bearer within the scheme operated system.
We would also encourage the electrical industry to look within to the many workers who have entered the industry via short courses and assist them with further training to become qualified electricians. We have a shortage of skilled workers within the electrical installation industry and construction beyond. We should be doing our best to get everyone involved and trained to the required standard and end this ridiculous situation were home owners are put in potential danger.
It is hugely frustrating as electricians who are properly qualified to see some of these practices taking place and we believe firmly that if customers and home owners were aware of the differences between ‘electricians’ buying decisions would be very different. You can not put a price on safety ensuring competent workers carrying out such works.
As a final note I would encourage any home owner to seek out properly qualified electricians. Ask to see that JIB card or NVQ qualification, those with them will be more than happy to show them off. After all they took years to achieve. We firmly believe we are the areas premier electrical installation and testing provider. We have people with the right experience and skills ready to help!