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College receives UK award for courses in avoiding electric hazards

A Lincolnshire college has been awarded special accreditation to offer courses preventing electrical accidents in the construction industry ““ the first in the UK.

The Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education received the award from the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) for the delivery of courses to ensure building workers install electrical utilities safely and without injury.

Government legislation referred to as “Part P” was introduced in January last year, designed to “reduce accidents caused by faulty electrical installations and to prevent incompetent installers from leaving electrics in unsafe conditions”.

And the Grimsby Institute’s assessment centre is only the fourth approved by a UKAS Accredited Certification Body to be able to offer accredited assessments in the country; the first college for the UK.

The assessment centre and courses were designed in tandem with the National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers (NAPIT) and Blue Flame Certification.

Director of NAPIT, David Cowburn spoke of the new accreditation: “It is testament to the dedication of its staff that this facility is available and has become the first college in the country to offer such a service”.

And Richard Payne, Blue Flame scheme manager, noted: “It is a fantastic achievement for the Grimsby Institute and also for the industry in this region. With continued hard work this should prove to be very successful and I wish them good luck for the future”.

Vijay Pattni.

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