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CONFEDERATION OF AERIAL INDUSTRIES LTD - CAI

Welcome to the Confederation of Aerial Industries Ltd - CAI - We are the UK’s representative trade association for businesses across the whole spectrum of delivering video, audio and data around the home and commercial properties. Formed in 1978 the Confederation represents installers, manufacturers, distributors & broadcast operators engaged in networking signals to all types of properties.  We are different from most trade bodies in that applicants for membership have to undergo an assessment to check they can achieve compliance to the CAI’s codes of practice & conduct which are recognised by broadcasters and government as best practice. By choosing a CAI member to advise or complete the work you require you are assured of competence & compliance. View the CAI's promotional video - An Overview of the CAI.

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Freeview Updated Mux Line-up

The Freeview channel listings has changed and you can see the movements by following the link to an updated mux line-up. The Community Channel on LCN 63 has moved mux.  Jewellery Maker on LCN76 has returned as stand-alone channel and there are name changes for BBC Red button channels.  There are also some new online TV channels. Click to download 'Freeview DTT Multiplexes - 31 July 2015' http://cai.org.uk/downloadables/viewcategory/5-general-documents

CAI starts the process for City & Guilds Accreditation

The CAI education & skills department has begun the journey towards its training course programmes becoming City & Guilds accredited. 

It has always been an ongoing aim that CAI training would one day become nationally recognised, the barrier always being the scale of our industry compared to the huge national industries linked to engineering and agriculture.  Signal reception and distribution has never been able to attract the necessary numbers willing to dedicate to weighty qualifications like NVQs and apprenticeships.  Colleges and recognised training organisation need large numbers to attract funding measures and CAI would need considerable sponsorship to support being part of an ongoing national qualification framework.  However, City & Guilds recognise that smaller trades need a training framework that ensures competence and have seen fit to begin an assessment of the CAI that would see the City & Guilds logo attached to CAI courses.  The preliminary assessment visit has been completed and the CAI appears in good shape to make another historic move forward. Already as far as CAI courses is concerned, the CAI diploma is now the established, recognised pathway to a trade construction skills card (e.g. CSCS). ASTRA (GB) Ltd and Eutelsat have kindly agreed to fund the start-up assessment plan that City & Guilds need in place and after a further two verification visits the CAI will know if its teaching and assessment plans measure up to the standards required.

4G at800 MHz – Anglesey & Carrickfergus

Mobile phone operators are now rolling out 4G networks across the UK to provide super-fast wireless broadband. The 800 MHz frequencies used by some 4G services are next to the frequencies used for Freeview. There is a small chance this may cause disruption to Freeview services.

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TrustMark appoints CAI - The CAI becomes Scheme Operator

In what is a quantum leap for the its consumer profile the CAI has achieved scheme operator status for TrustMark, the only Government-endorsed scheme for all trades in and around the home, enabling installers members to apply for TrustMark trustmark-logostatus so that they can be found by homeowners using the TrustMark post code search facility. In 2014 more than 7.2 million search results were provided to homeowners who used TrustMark’s website and telephone helpline to find expert tradespeople.

A mark of quality
TrustMark is a quality mark online trade register which operates a framework under which over 30 Scheme Operators work in the repair, maintenance and improvement (RMI) sector. This includes trade associations, local government trading standards teams, and independent Scheme Operators. These schemes are approved to carry the TrustMark logo and recruit reputable and trustworthy tradesmen. This enables the TrustMark Scheme Operators to promote improved RMI sector standards, and tackle related issues such as better enforcement. All of these Scheme Operators are audited annually by TrustMark, to ensure processes, standards and complaint procedures are being maintained.

Click to read more on the benefits, requirements and how to gain the TrustMark Accreditation > http://www.cai.org.uk/about-the-cai/cai-trustmark-scheme

Jane Humphreys OBE to headline Evolving Connectivity 2015

Jane Humphreys OBE will be keynote speaker at Evolving Connectivity 2015 at the National Motorcycle Museum on Thursday 21st May. Jane was has just retired from a distinguished career as a civil servant with Her Majesty’s government. Her work in government has spanned over 40years. When Digital Switchover was officially announced in September 2005 she became Head of Digital Switchover at the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) which later became BERR (Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform) and latterly known as BIS (Business, Innovation & Skills).   She moved across from BIS as Head of Spectrum Policy and joined the Department of Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) retiring in October last year with an OBE in Her Majesty’s honours list. Jane is now free from ‘toeing’ any government line so it will be a very interesting to hear views on where our trade sector is heading in an internet dominated world.  Click here to view the full story

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TrustMark TV aerial search grows

Since its inception in March this year TrustMark has been a welcome success story for the CAI moving forward.  We have easily surpassed our target number of members on board with TrustMark after 3 months of scheme operation.  We now have over 85 members covering the UK for the illustrated trading areas in the table below.  This table notes the number of TrustMark online searches for a reputable installer in our sector. The growth even bucks the usual summer months of quiet trading as the figures for TV aerial installation continue to increase – in a world supposedly leaning more towards online delivery!

Sector June May 2015 April 2015
TV Aerial Installation 9929 9343 7156
Radio Aerial Installation 963 1122 1066
CCTV Installation 3115 2635 2450
Home Entertainment Installers 1064 1043 816
Total 15071 14143 11488

Trusted with TrustMark & the CAI

In a consumer world more and more concerned with using reputable traders, the CAI proudly announced in March that it had been awarded TrustMark scheme operator status for our trade sector.

TrustMark is an organisation that operates a quality mark framework under which 30 Scheme OperatorsTM Colour Large Ticks jpeg work in the repair, maintenance and improvement (RMI) sector. This includes trade associations, local government trading standards teams, and independent scheme operators. Members of the operator organisation, who can fulfil all the criteria, are approved to carry the TrustMark logo and recruit reputable and trustworthy tradesmen. The CAI has become one such scheme administrator.

We are therefore inviting all CAI members, competent to ‘CAI plus’ status, to apply for TrustMark approval and add what we at the CAI believe to be one of the largest benefits of membership for many years in our 37 year-long history as the lead body for the signal reception industry.

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The Construction Marketplace – East Sussex

East Sussex County Council are holding an event in Brighton for local construction environment businesses to meet main contractors such as Morgan Sindall and Balfour Beatty. This could be hugely beneficial to CAI members as signal reception and distribution are often overlooked by the building industry. In the long term this could be an opportunity for members to join the public sector framework supply chain around East Sussex. For all the details of the event click HERE.

Trade note issued by Digital UK - 19 January

 ITV regional changes

ITV is making technical changes at the Ridge Hill and Oxford transmitter groups on 2 February. Viewers served by these may need to retune on or after this date to continue receiving some channels, including ITV, where equipment does not update automatically. These changes are being made to ensure viewers receive the correct programming and advertising for their ITV region. Following the change, homes served by the Oxford transmitter group will receive ITV Meridian regional news consistently across ITV, ITV+1 and ITV HD.

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