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EAL and electrical industry body forge strategic alliance


Specialist awarding body EAL has been working with the electrical industry’s voluntary regulatory body NICEIC to form a strategic alliance.

Its aim is to deliver qualifications recognised by employers in the electro-technical and renewable industries, by both organisations working in partnership to bring consistency to training qualifications under the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).

NICEIC chief executive Emma Clancy said: “This alliance ensures we are providing the best training, knowledge and qualifications to those in the electro-technical industry.”

Clancy believes the industry is set to “flourish” in the coming few years, with the alliance helping people have the right skills to fill new job roles created by these emerging industries.

Ann Watson, managing director of EAL, said: “The rapid growth and investment in the renewable sector will see thousands of new jobs created over the coming years.”

According to Watson, the strategic alliance will mean that learners and employers will receive consistent, rigorously assessed and recognised industry qualifications.

She also highlighted how existing employees in the sector will need to develop their skills and learn about new technologies.

“It is vital that they gain the same level of skills and knowledge to reassure customers and meet rising demand for green technologies in homes and businesses around the country,” she said.

Tradespeople gain qualifications and awards from EAL in the engineering and manufacturing, building services, environmental technologies, gas services, logistics, food manufacturing and business services industries. In the last five years, some 500, 000 people have studied on EAL-approved courses and have been awarded an EAL qualification.

Kyle Northern

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