Ticking all the Boxes for Competent Persons


Steve Rae-Jones: “Not everything has to be notified to LABC.”

Back in April, we reported how Steve Rae-Jones had squared up to City & Guilds 2394 exam to bring his qualifications up to date, as a returning trade electrician. That stage marked the first of three along the way to full Competent Person certification, and Steve has now passed all the exams including City & Guilds 2395 and City & Guilds 2382 17th Edition.

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Solar Panel Installer breaks Back in 6m Fall

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Accredited solar installer training includes safe working awareness 

A solar panel installation firm and its technical director have been prosecuted after an employee broke his back when he fell six metres through the roof light of a barn in Northamptonshire.

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Electrical Safety First voices ‘Grave Concerns’ over Third Party Inspection Scheme

A way for DIYers to have their work checked and certified?

Just over a year ago, we posted a blog entry at Tester.co.uk about the Surge In Brits Carrying Out DIY Electrical Work according to survey carried out by the Electrical Safety Council (ESC), now renamed Electrical Safety First. ESC had found that one in seven Brits had tried to rewire their homes, one in five had changed fuse boxes, one in six had attempted an electrical installation in the garden and one in eight had even tried to install electrical components under floor areas in their home.

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Squaring up to City & Guilds 2394

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Steve Rae-Jones: “I have never been one for exams.”

The pass rate for City & Guilds 2394-302 Level 3 Principles, Practices and Legislation for the Initial Verification of Electrical Installations examination, which currently hovers around 50%, has hit a high of 62% and a low of 34% between 2012 and 2013. This means that almost two-thirds at one time failed the exam, so in the case of Steve Rae-Jones, passing first time round was a cause for celebration.

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Budget Boost to Apprenticeship Standard

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George Osborne MP: “£85 million in both 2014-15 and 2015-16 for over 100,000 grants to employers.”

A proposed new electrotechnical apprenticeship standard led by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), which has recently received Government approval, is to benefit from a £85 million cash injection in both 2014-15 and 2015-16 for over 100,000 Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) placements.

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