By now all CAI members will have opened a letter from the CAI outlining our quest to establish an apprenticeship scheme for our trade. We need 10 member companies or individuals who can form a working group that will write the standards for a new ‘Trailblazer’ apprenticeship scheme. Trailblazers are a fairly new concept endorsed by the government and established by the industry for the industry – not a qualification developed in the normal school or college frameworks. There is a general feeling that we need our own pathway for our specialism – rather than a scheme ‘bolted’ onto an existing framework – as was the now defunct NVQ in Signal Reception that was joined up with consumer electronics and domestic appliances. The CAI being a trade association can only spearhead this campaign and facilitate or moderate the group. There is a restriction on the part trade bodies can play here.
This summer the CAI has decided on stand presence at the annual ‘Essential Install Live!’ show at Sandown Park on 6th -7th July. The decision to attend marks a turn-around in fortunes for the CAI as it continues to attract more installers who engage directly with smart home technology in the connected home.
In these uncertain times one thing is certain – you can never be sure how a trade show is going to register with those who register! We need not have feared the outcome of this year’s visit to the National Motorcycle Museum for ‘Evolving connectivity 2016’.
Another milestone in CAI history was recorded at the end of January when a visit from City & Guilds to Communications House, the CAI’s Watford HQ, led to confirmation that a major percentage of the CAI’s Education and Skills programmes would be carrying the City & Guilds logo on certificates issued by the CAI. A global leader in skills development, the City & Guilds Group connects skills and jobs so people and organisations can progress. Made up of City & Guilds, ILM and City & Guilds Kineo, they work with education providers, businesses and governments in over 80 countries, to provide work-relevant education and training.
Some viewers in the West Midlands may need to retune their Freeview receivers on the 1st June 2016 in order to continue receiving all BBC channels. Technical changes are being made to the signal from The Wrekin transmitter, as well as transmitters in Bromsgrove and Lark Stoke, which will affect BBC standard definition channels on Freeview.
The ever-moving feast of aerial changes for 700 MHz clearance goes to 160,000 households this month as Ofcom announce further consultation with stakeholders on the project. The Government is considering whether there is a case for making public funding available to support viewers and wireless microphone owners with these changes. It has requested advice from Ofcom on the effects the changes will have on stakeholders, the options for addressing these effects and the associated costs.