MK electric extends circuit protection  


As all of us working in the trade are aware, there is a widening skills gap in the UK. In fact, 43% of vacancies in skilled trades are due to a shortage of qualified applicants, with 13 per cent including electricians – one of the worst affected groups of tradespeople.

For those who are either beginning their career with an electrical qualification or retraining later in life, making the transition from training to full-time work can be daunting. Here, Emma Segelov, EMEA Marketing Operations Manager at MK Electric, discusses four key areas to focus on.

New ways of working

Although BIM Level 2 may currently only be a legislative requirement for public projects, it is likely to become a must-have for private contracts in the years to come.

BIM is a process that removes waste and optimises construction via design and specification collaboration in a virtual environment. It offers benefits to every member of the supply chain, and for contractors entering the industry, it’s well worth getting to grips with this technology in order to add value to an employer or a personal business.

Changing demands

As lifestyles change, so too do the needs of customers, so it’s important to take stock of the latest products which cater to modern living. For example, as smart devices become an increasingly central part of day to day life, there is a rising need for USB charging outlets such as sockets which incorporate USB ports – and manufacturers such as MK Electric are able to provide these through an ever-evolving portfolio which responds to end user demand.

Check, check, check

From a practical perspective, there is nothing more fundamental than getting into the habit of doing final checks. The career of a contractor is built upon reputation, and meticulous attention to detail is integral to this. Whether it is double-checking a connection or ensuring each screw is tightened, it’s vital to make sure that every last detail has been seen to before leaving a job.

Quality counts

Each individual project reflects on the contractor, and whilst it certainly isn’t the case that a workman is only as good as his tools, choosing the right products can definitely help. With innumerable brands to choose from, it’s crucial to know how to spot a reputable manufacturer. For example, look at how long a company has been established – we’ve been making lasting connections and have set the standard for the last century - so you can specify, install and use our products with complete confidence.

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