National Electrotechnical Training (NET) has appointed Stephen Plant as Business Development Manager, following a full-scale review of the NET AM2/FICA Assessments of Occupational Competence (AOC). Stephen will oversee the development and implementation of the revised assessments throughout NET’s 44 licensed assessment centres located across the UK. He will act as NET’s principal contact point, providing expert support, guidance and advice whenever it is needed.

“My 35-plus years of experience in the electrical contracting and training fields have enabled me to recognise the importance of NET’s AM2/FICA assessments, and why they must remain integral to apprenticeships and vocational qualifications,” explains Stephen Plant. “In taking up this position at NET, my aim is to ensure that the AM2/FICA remains relevant to the industry, reflecting the challenges, legislation and technologies faced by those in the sector. This will safeguard their status as a reliable benchmark of competency for candidates and employers alike.”

Stephen is a fully-trained, ECS-approved electrician, and has previously worked with the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) as a Regional Education and Training Manager. He is responsible for the introduction of NET’s innovative mobile AM2 centre. The mobile centre has already helped reduce waiting times for candidates taking the test to complete their apprenticeships, in some cases by as much as a year. In addition, Stephen also leads the annual ‘Training Bridge’ Apprentice Exchange Programme between the UK and Germany.

Iain Macdonald, CEO of NET, said: “The comprehensive review and subsequent re-launch of the AM2/FICA assessments is a major project for NET. Stephen will play a pivotal role in the re-launch and its ongoing success.”