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Wiring Matters Issue 66 – July 2017

Read the July 2017 edition of “Wiring Matters” online, take a look at the various topics covered in this months edition below.

Wiring Matters is published every month by the IET.

Electrical Apprentice Of The Year – George Maynard

George Maynard from Leicester has been crowned winner of the 2017 NICEIC and ELECSA Apprentice of the Year competition, sponsored by Scolmore Group.

The 25 year old was one of eight competitors to reach the Grand Final, which Scolmore was very proud to host at its headquarters on Tuesday 6th June.

George comments: “I was shocked when they called my name out. I thought all the lads in the final produced some great work and they were all top guys. I think getting to the final was a great achievement to be honest. It’s a lovely way to round off all the hard work I have put in over the last three years.”

The finalists were put through a gruelling day of challenges comprising nine separate tasks designed to assess their abilities across a range of disciplines including testing, fault finding, conduit bending, tray manufacturing and safe isolation. This year’s final challenge also included a virtual reality test followed by an interview with Certsure’s technical standards director, Alan Wells.

As well as hosting the grand finale of the competition at the company’s head office premises, Scolmore also organised the barbecue and awards ceremony at the nearby Belfry Hotel and provided a range of prizes for those apprentices who made it through to the final.

The winner, George, was presented with a holiday voucher worth £2,000, runner-up Michael Costello, 25 ,from Edinburgh received a holiday voucher worth £750, while third placed Billy Stapleton, 20, from Essex received a £250 holiday voucher. All eight finalists were given an engraved glass trophy, an iPad and a kit bag containing an array of Scolmore’s electrical accessories. Every college that entered 20 students or more for the competition received a Scolmore College Pack containing a variety of Scolmore products, while the college of the overall winner, Leicester College, will receive £1,000 worth of Scolmore products.

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International Women In Engineering Day Conference

In October 2016, the IET launched its social media campaign #9PercentIsNotEnough to highlight the fact that currently only 9% of the UK’s engineering and technology workforce are female.

In June 2017 the #9PercentIsNotEnough Conference will provide a platform for sharing best practice on how to inspire, attract, recruit and retain women into the engineering and technology sectors.

Timed to coincide with the International Women In Engineering Day, this one-day business conference will showcase real, practical solutions to the challenges we all know about – plus networking during the day and in the evening drinks reception.

This conference is aimed at anyone within an organisation, who is responsible for the recruitment, retention and development of women in STEM.

Featured Speakers – International Women In Engineering Day

  • Mark Elborne, President & CEO, GE UK & Ireland
  • Jeremy Watson, President, The IET
  • Nadia Savage, Director, Laing O’Rourke
  • Amanda Murphy, Senior Future Talent Acquisition Consultant, Jaguar Land Rover
  • Julie Holyland, Learning and Talent Development Lead, Siemens
  • Clare Wildfire, Chair, Advance Network and Global Practice Lead for Cities, Mott MacDonald
  • Eva Fryc, Employer Support Manager – Midlands, EngineeringUK
  • Rebecca Hourston, Managing Director and Head of Coaching Programme, Talking Talent
  • Dawn Elson, Group Engineering Director, Merlin Entertainments
  • Marguerite Ulrich, Chief HR Officer, Veolia UK and Ireland
  • Nike Folayan, Chairperson, Association For Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers
  • Dawn Bonfield, Director, Towards Vision
  • Peter Flint, Chief Executive, Building + Places EMIA, AECOM

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18th Edition Of BS 7671 – Have Your Say

The IET is preparing to publish the Draft for Public Comment (DPC) of the 18th Edition of BS 7671. This is your chance to have your say about the development of the new edition of the Wiring Regulations.

Important dates

Please note, the below dates are expected dates only and are subject to change.

• DPC availability and commenting period: June 2017 – August 2017.
• IET and committees review DPC comments: August 2017 – November 2017.
• Changes approved; final draft produced; reviewed and proofread: November 2017 – April 2018.
• Official JPEL/64 committee sign off: 4th April 2018.
• BS 7671 new edition available for purchase: 1st July 2018.

BSI and its role in setting Standards

BS 7671 is a British Standard. It is published jointly by the British Standards Institution (BSI) and the IET. BSI is the UK’s National Standards Body (NSB).

Standards are developed by committees of dedicated experts. In the case of BS 7671, there are four committees that feed into the main BSI/IET joint technical committee JPEL/64:

• JPEL/64/A – covers verification and inspection and testing (Part 6 and Appendix 6 of BS 7671) plus any work relating to Parts 1, 2 and 3 of BS 7671.
• JPEL/64/B – covers cable sizing and installation and related matters (some of Parts 4 and 5, Appendices 3 and 4 and some Part 7 items of BS 7671).
• JPEL/64/C – covers earthing installations and related matters (some of Parts 4 and 5 and some Part 7 items of BS 7671).
• JPEL/64/D – covers the remainder of Parts 4 and 5, some Part 7 items and some Appendices of BS 7671).

Together, these groups are responsible for UK input into international and European technical committees IEC/TC 64 and CENELEC/TC 64, which produce the IEC 60364 standards series and the European implementations HS 60364 series. These standards are then implemented here in the UK as BS 7671.

Updates to BS 7671

As technology develops and is used differently, BS 7671 needs to be updated to ensure good practice across the industry. Updates can be in the form of an Amendment or an Edition:

Amendment – alteration and/or addition to previously agreed technical or editorial content of an existing standard.
Edition – a new edition of an existing standard will either be published after several amendments (usually, a maximum of three) have been published or a major revision of the technical content has taken place.

The committees will discuss how sections  of BS 7671 may need to be changed to either remain aligned to the international and/or European Standards or take into account national issues Any changes proposed are debated, refined and finalised at JPEL/64.

The updated BS 7671 will then be released in the form of a Draft for Public Consultation (DPC). This is when you will have the opportunity to read the expected changes in BS 7671 and to have your say.

Comments on the standard can be submitted to the Secretariat at any time but will usually be held for consideration at the next Amendment/Edition cycle.

Comment on the DPC of BS 7671

The DPC of the draft 18th edition of BS 7671 will be published on the BSI Standards development portal: https://standardsdevelopment.bsigroup.com/.

First, register following the on-screen instructions. Once you have successfully registered, you can log in to read and comment on proposed and draft standards, including BS 7671. You can also go into your Account to update information about yourself, change your password and personalize your preferences.

When commenting on draft standards, use the ‘Comment on this section’ field to make your comments and the ‘Proposed changes’ field for any clarification and to make a suggestion for improvement.

More details available here