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Why is Green Technology Important?

Domestic & Commercial Electrical Contractors, NICEIC Approved Electricians, Data Cable Networks

 

Green EnergyElectrical companies are being urged to evolve and widen their skill sets, in the current climate for developing greener technologies. The UK has committed to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, and the Joint Industry Board [JIB] believes there are opportunities to be seized. Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced in 2020 a £3bn boost to the UK green economy to concentrate on decarbonising buildings and new systems to lower energy bills.

The government pledged a further £6.7bn recently to support the sector in an effort to reduce carbon emissions. The government’s Energy White Paper announced plans to support up to 220,000 British jobs in the green sector. A greener, increasingly sustainable energy network will be created in the UK. This will see the utilisation of electric cars and other vehicles etc, solar photovoltaics and battery storage.

Electrotechnical operatives are encouraged to embrace continued professional development. JIB is hoping companies will take advantage of their Skills Development Fund. The fund offers financial assistance to those wishing to embark on courses or training in the electrical industry. This type of eligible course includes Solar Photovoltaic Installation and Maintenance, Electric Vehicle Charging Point Installation (City & Guilds 2919-01) and ONC/HNC/Degree courses in sustainable engineering.

Head of Growth at the JIB and ECS, Andy Reakes said: “Once Covid-19 has been dealt with there will be a real move to set our attention again on Net-Zero by 2050 and climate change. The Energy White Paper is another example of the microgeneration and environmental market receiving further Government support into 2021.

“For companies looking to capitalise and move into new markets, the JIB Skills Development Fund can help to upskill their workforce and diversify into new and emerging technologies. If your company has been forced to reduce numbers in the workforce, it is open to those who have been made redundant. Also if you or a colleague would benefit from a helping hand to upskill, the fund may be able to provide grants to help those unemployed re-enter the workforce.”

 

Design & Installation of Store Lighting, Additional Lights & Sockets, Internal & External LED Installations

 

 

Safety First with Electrics

Domestic & Commercial Electrical Contractors, NICEIC Approved Electricians, Data Cable Networks

 

 

Elecrtical SafetyA recent campaign launched by the Scottish trade association ‘Select’, talks about one of the dangers faced by those who carry out electrical work. This can include apprentices or tradesmen with extensive experience. They have named the initiative ‘Work dead safely: Stay alive’, and the message is communicated via an animation, infographic and brochure. The main focus of the campaign is concerned with isolation [as in electrical circuits not Covid!]. Hospital A&E departments up and down the country regularly deal with the sometimes fatal effects of electrical accidents.

Electricians provide an important service, imagine not having fully functioning electrical systems in our homes, offices, schools, infrastructure, hospitals etc. Electricity can be very unpredictable, and this is why their job is classed as one of the most hazardous. The negative consequences of not isolating safely while working with electricity cannot be stressed enough. Scores of electricians have suffered burns, scarring and even death as a result of skipping proper isolation steps. Select, seek to urge workers to follow the correct procedures to ensure their safety.

Included in the advice are ‘Ten steps to safe isolation’, which will be particularly helpful for trainees or those new to the sector. The list offers strict guidance for safe practice in a dangerous and complex field. When the body comes into contact with electricity, it can cause heart attacks, burns to skin and damage to internal organs.

Select are hoping their advice is taken on board far and wide, and that lives can be saved thanks to people thinking twice. It’s a simple message, make sure that the electrical supply is disconnected or isolated from the source before beginning the work. The figures prove that observing the simple safety rules can drastically lower the risk of fatalities.

 

 

Design & Installation of Store Lighting, Additional Lights & Sockets, Internal & External LED Installations