Electrical Contracting News (ECN) September 2016 - Page 20

TRAINING YESSS ELECTRICAL TO DELIVER NEST TRAINING Yesss Electrical has formed a training partnership with Nest to allow the company to deliver Nest Pro training to installers. Yesss Electrical, which agreed a distribution deal with Nest Labs for the rights to supply the new Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide alarm and the recently announced third generation Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest Cam, has invested significantly in training for its staff and is now able to offer free training direct to installers. After undertaking Nest Pro training, 15 of Yesss Electrical’s 90 branches are now able to offer full training to installers on the Nest Learning Thermostat, Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide and Nest CAM products. The training, delivered to YESSS Electrical team members by Lance Escobar, EU Pro Trainer at Nest labs Europe, will allow installers to become Nest Pro accredited. Andy Singleton, director at Yesss Electrical, commented, ‘We believe energy saving technologies represent a real revenue opportunity for installers. Nest’s products are well designed and can deliver real, tangible benefits. However, as with all new technology, the products must be installed correctly, so we’ve invested in training to ensure installers can capitalise on the opportunities the products offer and deliver a great service to their customers.’ HAPPY JACK CELEBRATES SUCCESS Bright spark Jack McCormack won the runner-up title in the first stage of the Apprentice of the Year Awards, organised by the Scottish Electrical Charitable Training Trust (SECTT). The Dalmuir man, who is in the first year of his traineeship with Drumchapel firm Magnus Electrical Services, narrowly missed out on the top award. The 20 year old impressed judges following a rigorous assessment of both his practical skills and theoretical knowledge, gained on the job and while studying at West College in Clydebank. Magnus Electrical Services MD Colin Murray said, ‘Jack has a very mature and professional approach to work and from the moment he started with us we knew he was going to achieve great things. ‘He is not just hard working and has great people skills but he is extremely bright and has a very enquiring mind, all of which are fantastic qualities for an electrician.’ Jack started with Magnus in 2014 after leaving school in sixth year. He said, ‘I had always fancied working as an electrician and it was the best decision I have ever made as I am thoroughly enjoying the challenges of my new career, which is very fulfilling.’ 19-20 Training.indd 20 JTL ANNOUNCES NEW WEST COUNTRY TRAINING CENTRE PARTNERSHIP JTL has recently announced further growth in its apprenticeship business, which already has more than 6,000 apprentices and works with more than 3,250 employers. In addition to new dedicated training centres in Orpington, Kent and at Culham Science Centre near Oxford, adding to the existing centres in Norwich and Birmingham, JTL has now announced a partnership in Yeovil, Somerset with long established, rapidly growing electrical training business P&R Hurt. Paul and Rita Hurt, the founders of P&R Hurt, and their team will continue to deliver the Technical Certificate element of the apprenticeship, JTL will concentrate on delivering the other elements of the NVQ – ie. monitoring and assessment, site visits and appraisals. Paul Hurt commented, ‘We are very pleased to be forging closer links to JTL; they bring a level of quality and success to the NVQ that is the envy of many colleges or training providers. Their completion rates are well above the national average. This combination of the high quality apprentice training P&R Hurt bring to the table, together with JTL’s skills in matching apprentices to employers and supporting them both throughout the apprenticeship should make a winning team.’ 10/08/2016 16:22