Scooped by Top4
onto Electrical Contractors
Scoop.it!

Inner city apprentices buck national trend

Inner city apprentices buck national trend | Electrical Contractors | Scoop.it

During his gap year after high school, Chevy Greenaway decided it was time to start planning for his future.


"I thought it was time to do something with my life," he said.


Mr Greenaway had always been interested in becoming an electrician and since taking on an apprenticeship three years ago, he had enjoyed "learning something new each day".


While the number of Australians starting an apprenticeship or traineeship has plummeted 20 per cent in the past year, National Centre for Vocational Education Research figures show, one skills training project in the centre of Sydney is thriving.

The number of people starting training in NSW has fallen by a quarter, but the Barangaroo building site is training more than 500 apprentices.

more...
No comment yet.
Electrical Contractors
Browse the latest electrical news, product updates, innovation and research in the Australian Electrical industry from experts, manufacturers, media and associations on Top4 News.
Curated by Top4
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Top4
Scoop.it!

Inner city apprentices buck national trend

Inner city apprentices buck national trend | Electrical Contractors | Scoop.it

During his gap year after high school, Chevy Greenaway decided it was time to start planning for his future.


"I thought it was time to do something with my life," he said.


Mr Greenaway had always been interested in becoming an electrician and since taking on an apprenticeship three years ago, he had enjoyed "learning something new each day".


While the number of Australians starting an apprenticeship or traineeship has plummeted 20 per cent in the past year, National Centre for Vocational Education Research figures show, one skills training project in the centre of Sydney is thriving.

The number of people starting training in NSW has fallen by a quarter, but the Barangaroo building site is training more than 500 apprentices.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Top4
Scoop.it!

ACCC warns thousands of kilometres of unsafe Infinity cables still in homes

ACCC warns thousands of kilometres of unsafe Infinity cables still in homes | Electrical Contractors | Scoop.it

Dangerous electrical cabling is still installed in thousands of homes and buildings across Australia, sparking warnings it is a ticking time bomb heading into the hot summer months.


And an ongoing recall of the cable is proving costly to the suppliers that sold it, who face paying out millions of dollars to remove and replace it.


Infinity cables were installed in an estimated 40,000 buildings across the country between 2010 and 2013 and could start becoming defective at the start of 2016, according to the consumer watchdog.


The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission again warned on Tuesday that the cables are prone to becoming brittle and breaking, bringing the risk of electrocution and fire.


The ACCC says at least 2408 kilometres of unsafe cable are still unaccounted for.   About 39000 kilometres of Infinity cables was sold by 18 retailers and wholesalers, including Mitre 10, Home Timber & Hardware and Masters Home Improvement.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Top4
Scoop.it!

All hands on deck for The House The Coast Built

All hands on deck for The House The Coast Built | Electrical Contractors | Scoop.it
SENIOR project managers and company directors from CV Services proved they’ve still got on-the-job skills when they arrived on The House The Coast Built site.


CV Services has wired The House The Coast Built for a second time, after carrying out the same work for Wishlist House in 2011.

Electrical housing manager Daryn Fissenden said the company had made the decision to involve as many employees in the project as possible - from apprentices right up to the "top brass".


"We've got seven senior managers signed on to do the work, as well as the general manager of Electrical Construction Noel Cosgrove and company commercial director Ian Norman helping out," Mr Fissenden said.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Top4
Scoop.it!

Electricians peak body partners with private college accused of dodgy practices

Electricians peak body partners with private college accused of dodgy practices | Electrical Contractors | Scoop.it
One of the country's largest employers of electricians has partnered with a private training organisation that has been accused of dodgy recruitment practices ...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Top4
Scoop.it!

15 most bought products by Electrical Contractors.

15 most bought products by Electrical Contractors. | Electrical Contractors | Scoop.it

According to in-house research conducted by EC&M in early 2015, about two-thirds of the 500+ electrical contractors responding to a survey said they currently buy electrical products online.

Top4's insight:

you are an Electrical Contractor? big chance you bought at least a few of these products.


more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Top4
Scoop.it!

Should you get LED Christmas lights?

Should you get LED Christmas lights? | Electrical Contractors | Scoop.it

It’s holiday time, and you may want to light up your house like — well — a Christmas tree.


There are some tips to keep you from blowing a fuse … either the real thing or the one in your head when you see your sky-high electric bill.  For some, LED lights may be the way to go.


“For the most part, all LED lights use up to 90 per cent less electricity than their incandescent counterparts,” says Frank Skinner, marketing director for ChristmasLightsEtc.com. “So right off the bat, there are some savings there with energy.”


But while LEDs may shave a few dollars off your power bill, you’ll likely have to spend a bit more up front. So, if you’re only hanging a couple strands of lights, paying for LED lights “doesn’t make as much sense,” Skinner says. “However, most people are putting far more up than that. So they’ll see those cost savings in year two, three and four.”

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Top4
Scoop.it!

Prince’s Foundation Building Solar Powered Homes In Adelaide

Prince’s Foundation Building Solar Powered Homes In Adelaide | Electrical Contractors | Scoop.it
The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community has partnered with Defence Housing Australia to build solar-powered, ultra- energy efficient homes in Adelaide.


Construction of the demonstration project at Bowden, called The Prince’s Terrace, Adelaide, will start before the end of this year. The project will see eight terrace homes and four mews apartments built, all of which will achieving a six-star Green Star rating, the first development of its kind in Australia to do so.


The town houses will be positioned to minimise summer solar heat gain and maximise natural cross ventilation.


Some of the features include ceiling fans in conjunction with small but highly efficient air conditioning systems provided to cope with Adelaide’s sweltering summer temperatures.


In addition to LED lighting, solar panels will be installed help to reduce the peak power demand of the homes.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Top4
Scoop.it!

How to cut your power bill and even quit the grid

How to cut your power bill and even quit the grid | Electrical Contractors | Scoop.it

Would you like to free yourself of the undue, complex costs and, well, powerlessness so many endure in dealing with energy companies? Would you take it further and live in an apartment building or even an entire town that is off the grid, generating all the power it needs – and zero pollution – from the ultimate renewable energy source, the sun?


Many of us have the potential to save on power by seeking expert advice. My colleague Marc Moncrief recently wrote of his jolting electricity bill of $10,000. Here, incidentally, are his five tips to avoid such horror:


1. Know your rights: In Victoria, for example, an energy company can't charge you more than nine months in arrears.


2. Pick the low hanging fruit: you know, stuff like changing to LED lights.


3. Get an audit: Marc and his partner paid a few hundred dollars to an electrical engineer to come out and audit their house. ``We choked a little bit at the cost, but it was worth it."


4.Shop around: A report from the Brotherhood of St Laurence found competition is failing to bring prices down in Victoria. Part of this is due to consumer fatigue and intertia.


5.Go to the Ombudsman: ''She knows the all the ways around the bill," Marc says. ''Give her a call."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Top4
Scoop.it!

A few tips to help you choose the right Electrical Contractor

A few tips to help you choose the right Electrical Contractor | Electrical Contractors | Scoop.it

Everywhere in the world is being build every day, every second.To either keep up the population growth or the economical growth. With this growth in infrastructure there is also a larger demand in construction workers, which leads to more construction firms. It all depends on place and the population density. The more dense the area, the more competition.

Top4's insight:

Searching for an Electrical Contractor? First look at these tips to make sure you pick the right one.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Top4
Scoop.it!

Electrical contractors use ERP

Electrical contractors use ERP | Electrical Contractors | Scoop.it

With the opening of the economy, the boom in IT and even the middle-working class is able to afford a proper house today. So that is where ERP for Electrical Contractors is applicable. Also, the boom in IT managed to get an astonishing change in the entertainment world.

Top4's insight:

The IT sector is still booming, no wonder new technologies keep being developed. One of the latest findings is the ERP. Electrical contracters are going to use it.


more...
No comment yet.