Sparks Electrical News June 2015

June 2015


• Tools of the trade • Energy measurement and supply

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• Contractors’ corner • Buyers’ guide • Lighting • People on the move REGULARS

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'Select' club for electricians and contractors launched

Having fun at the Schneider Electric Club SElect launch are: Antony Junius, (channel manager); Nico van der Merwe (director, retail division); Belinda Aslett (channel manager, electricians, retail division); and John Raptakis (marketing manager, partner business, retail division). Club SElect is an exclusive programme for southern African registered electricians and

contractors, designed to drive benefits for its members by linking Schneider Electric’s business partners, communicating valuable opportunities, and sharing industry best practices, so as to drive a standard of excellence in the region. According to Eric Leger, country president for southern Africa at Schneider Electric, Club SElect members are given access to a tailor-made, private website that offers information on products, technology and solu- tions, as well as customised training, configurations and support. The portal also includes a partner locator to generate business opportunities. Club SElect aims to help electricians and contractors operate their businesses “more efficiently, profitably, professionally and personally”. Enquiries: +27 11 254 6400

Jeandré to represent SA at World Skills competition

JEANDRÉ van derWatt (22), a young electrical apprentice artisan fromVereeniging whoworks at Nampak Glass in Alberton, is brushing up on his skills in preparation for theWorldSkills competi- tion to be held in Brazil from 11 to 16 August 2015. He is being guided by his men- tor, Nick du Plessis at P&T Technology in Germiston. Jeandré won the‘Electrical Installations’category at the

Jeandré van der Watt.

SAWorld Skills competition that was held in January, beating eight other contestants in this category at the Cape Town International Convention Conference Centre. The South African finalists, representing 19 skills areas, will travel to Brazil on 7 August to compete against contestants from 72 member countries in 47 skills in traditional trades such as electrical, welding and plumbing as well as multi-skilled technology careers that include IT software solutions and graphic design. WorldSkills South Africa represents an opportunity to emphasise the key role that artisans play in the economy. The benefits for competition entrants are considerable and qualifying for the inter- national competition affords each participant a highly experienced mentor in his or her field. Participating in the international competition is equivalent to four or five years of professional training with all the benefits of that experience: confidence and character building andmany network- ing opportunities. Apprentice artisans who are interested in taking part in the 2016 SA Skills competition can find out more about the competition on theWorldSkills SA website:

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