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March 30, 2017

Licensed Centres come together for NET 2017 Centre Conference

The organisations responsible for assessing more than 5,000 apprentice electricians each year came together on March 29th for the NET 2017 Centre Conference. Staff members from NET licensed centres in England, Wales and Northern Ireland attended the one-day event, which looked...

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March 10, 2017

Young electricians wanted for industry skills competition

SkillELECTRIC organiser NET is calling on electrical business owners and managers to put their best young electricians forward for the 2017 competition.

The window to enter SkillELECTRIC runs until April 7th, and NET is looking for...

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March 2, 2017

NET to run SkillELECTRIC 2017

NET will run the 2017 SkillELECTRIC competition.  The industry charity will organise the regional heats of the competition, co-ordinate the judging panel and liaise with the competition’s supporters and other sponsors.  Once the regional heats of SkillELECTRIC have been completed, NET will...

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December 9, 2016

New Chief Executive joins NET

Carolyn Mason has been appointed Chief Executive of NET. She takes up the position after two years as Head of Education and Training at the Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA) – a role she will continue to carry out alongside her work...

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November 22, 2016

Stuart Graham wins SkillELECTRIC 2016

Twenty-year-old Stuart Graham has been named the UK's best young electrician after winning the SkillELECTRIC grand final at the NEC in Birmingham. Stuart, who runs his own business, Graham Electrical, won the competition after scoring top marks in a two-day electrical...

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October 26, 2016

SkillELECTRIC 2016 finalists named

Eight apprentice electricians have been chosen to compete for the title of best young electrician in the UK at the SkillELECTRIC final in November. Matthew Buckley, Patrick Carr, Stuart Graham, Steven Harper, Garin Long, Thomas Seward, Sean Simpson and Luke Sheild...

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September 1, 2016

Advanced Assessment of Competence launched for aspiring Approved Electricians

NET and the Joint Industry Board (JIB) have developed a new assessment of occupational competence for those who are seeking Approved Electrician status under the JIB grading. The Advanced Assessment of Competence (AAC) is a one day, six section assessment with...

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March 24, 2016

NEW TECHNICAL DEVELOPMENT MANAGER JOINS NET

Jon Dicken has joined NET as Technical Development Manager.

He will work alongside NET’s current Technical Development Manager Stephen Plant to manage and develop the charity’s network of assessment centres and portfolio of assessments of occupational competence. Dicken joins NET...

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March 2, 2016

NET CEO WELCOMES RISE IN APPRENTICESHIP STARTS

NET CEO Iain Macdonald has welcomed the news that electrotechnical apprenticeship starts increased for the 2014-15 academic year. "This is a boost for the industry and welcome on a number of levels," he said. "The fact that more than 1100 people...

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March 2, 2016

OUTSTANDING APPRENTICES WANTED FOR SKILLELECTRIC 2016

Top electrical apprentices are being sought for the 2016 regional heats of SkillElectric – the premier skills competition for the UK’s electrotechnical industry. The competition’s organisers are seeking entrants for SkillElectric’s regional heats in Chichester, Leeds, and Birmingham. Separate heats are...

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March 2, 2016

NET AND WORLDSKILLS UK TO RUN SKILLELECTRIC 2016

NET will partner with WorldSkills UK to organise this year’s SkillElectric competition – the search for the UK’s best apprentice electrician.

The two charities will work together to plan and deliver the regional finals of the competition, which will...

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March 9, 2015

NET CEO CALLS FOR EDUCATION SYSTEM OVERHAUL

At the start of National Apprentice Week NET CEO Iain Macdonald has called for the UK's education system to be overhauled and replaced with an approach that offers pupils more balanced advice on their next steps. Macdonald argued that the current...

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January 14, 2015

NET CEO BACKS GOVERNMENT DECISION TO DELAY NEW APPRENTICE FUNDING SYSTEM

Iain Macdonald, CEO of National Electrotechnical Training (NET), today welcomed the Government's announcement that it would delay making a decision on the new apprentice funding system while it investigated both options further. "Changing the funding system for apprenticeships in this country...

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June 23, 2014

NET CHAIRMAN ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

NET Chairman Bob Harris has announced he will step down from his role at the end of this year. He will be succeeded by Diane Johnson, Financial Director of Eric Johnson of Northwich, who will relinquish her role as an ECA...

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May 9, 2014

NET CEO CALLS FOR ELECTROTECHNICAL APPRENTICESHIPS TO BE EXEMPT FROM FUNDING CHANGES

NET CEO Iain Macdonald has called on the Government to exempt the electrotechnical sector from the proposed changes to apprenticeships funding. "The PAYE and the Apprenticeship Credit system proposed as alternatives to the approach we have now are simply impractical for...

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December 13, 2013

NET CEO WELCOMES APPRENTICE FUNDING REFORMS

NET CEO Iain Macdonald has welcomed the reforms to apprenticeship funding, announced in the Chancellor's Autumn Statement on December 5. He said: "The plan to give employers funding for apprenticeships and the power to choose which training provider they work with...

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October 4, 2013

NET RESPONDS TO THE PUBLICATION OF THE ‘FUTURE OF APPRENTICESHIPS IN ENGLAND: IMPLEMENTATION PLAN’

Iain Macdonald, Chief Executive of National Electrotechnical Training (NET), has welcomed the publication of "The Future of Apprenticeships in England: Implementation Plan". "The Government's recommendations will put industry back at the heart of apprenticeship provision – where it belongs," Macdonald said....

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March 6, 2013

APPRENTICE WEEK: NET CALLS FOR RETURN TO TRADITIONAL APPRENTICESHIP STRUCTURE

At the start of National Apprentice Week, Iain Macdonald, NET Chief Executive, has called for a protected definition of apprenticeships based on their traditional structure. He said: “The time has come to return to the universally recognised definition of apprenticeships, so...

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February 2, 2013

NET CHAIRMAN BACKS CALLS TO PROTECT THE TERM ‘APPRENTICESHIP’

NET Chairman, Bob Harris, has backed calls from think tank Policy Exchange for the term ‘apprenticeship’ to be protected – and recommends that an assessment of competence be part of the structure of every specialist apprenticeship.He said:...

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January 12, 2013

NEW AM2 HINTS, TIPS AND COMMON ERRORS GUIDANCE

NET has published information on AM2 hints and tips and common candidate errors. Developed to underline how the assessment references the BS7671 Wiring Regulations syllabus, the information includes reasons why marks are lost during assessment, useful preparation tips and notes on...

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