The number of highly knowledgeable and experienced electrical installation test technicians in the UK has seen a significant decline in recent years. Factors such as the industry experts approaching retirement age and being replaced by technicians learning their trade, as well as the increased deployment of temporary workers, training and skills development are more important than ever before. That’s the view of Fluke.According to Fluke – which has introduced a new installation and appliance test training course to address the issue – many of today’s electrical installation test technicians miss the hands-on training that would enable them to work safely and truly understand and interpret the measurements they are making.Working in partnership with CNET Training to deliver the course, Fluke believes it is vital to meet these challenges so that companies can:• keep operators safe – inadequately trained installation testers can make mistakes that can lead to equipment damage, injuries and even fatalities• prove that an installation is safe – being able to document that an installation complies with the relevant standards, BS7671 in the UK, reassures all parties and demonstrates quality• boost productivity – better trained and more knowledgeable installation testers will execute jobs right first time, minimise downtime and as a result cut costs.Whether delivered on-site at customers’ premises or at CNET’s dedicated training facilities, the one-day course with average class sizes of 10 will focus on how to test electrical installations and/or appliances and how to document the results. The key is that participants are able to carry out practical exercises on various pieces of equipment in a hands-on environment so that they can apply this new knowledge immediately when they return to work.Robert Luijten, Field Marketing Manager at Fluke EMEA, says: “Many highly experienced workers are leaving the world of electrical testing as they reach retirement age and there is a drive to encourage young people to enter the market. “However, although testing equipment is easy to use, many testers aren’t able to question or interpret what they see because they haven’t had the level of training that’s required to do so.”He adds: “Testing and troubleshooting in the electrical sector are absolutely essential but recruiting technical people can be difficult. That’s why here at Fluke we are keen to support companies in their onboarding and employee development activities. “Whether for compliance, safety or efficiency reasons, we believe this electrical installation test training course will put companies in a stronger position to face the increasing demands of testing in today’s world.”For more information on this training, click here.
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