The CEDA- and CESA-developed City & Guilds Electrical Competency Course, which launched in February last year, has filled a much needed gap in the industry, as the take-up figures of 146 people participating in the course to date show.
Unlike gas, which is heavily regulated, there is no legal requirement for anyone working with electricity to have a formal qualification. They only have to be able to prove that they are competent.
Peter Kay, CEDA director of technical support, said: “This is a very serious safety issue. Because of the non-existence of standard training courses, and the fact that bespoke courses that were available were prohibitively expensive, CEDA and CESA decided to work with C&G to set up the Electrical Competency Course. We were able to identify a course, through BG Training, that includes the respected City & Guilds accreditation and that, with some modification, was suitable for foodservice engineers. It has proved effective and is appreciated by engineers and their employers.”
Simon Frost, CESA chair, added: “Just about 100% of those who have attended the 13 courses run so far have passed. That means that there are many more engineers who can prove they have the basic electrical skills to carry out their work on commercial catering equipment.
“The development of this important training requirement, and the success of the course itself, is testimony to the value of the two associations’ joint work.”
The course, which is currently only available to CEDA and CESA member companies, is designed for foodservice equipment engineers, who are not electrical specialists, to give them basic electrical knowledge to complete cross-trade tasks. It also proves that their employers have qualified staff who can meet the legal requirements for basic electrical work.
There are a further five courses scheduled across the UK from May through to October 2015 with places limited to 12 on each course. The cost is £420 for the three days, including refreshments and the City and Guilds Accreditation certificate for successful completion of the course and the British Gas Electrical Training attendance certificate.