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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.

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

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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4G at 800 MHz across parts of the Midlands & North Wales

With more4G networks roll-out across the UK. There is a small chance this may cause disruption to Freeview services. at800 may send postcards to addresses in:

Melton Mowbry; Corby; Mansfield; Abergele, Betws-y-coed, Llandudno and Llanfairfechan, Conwy and Bangor and Caernafon, Gwynedd

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Show-stopper talks – EC 2015

The National Motorcycle Museum was certainly all revved up on the 21st May when it attracted the great and the good of the broadcast industry to see and hear all that is going on in signal reception across the UK.

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The Final Countdown – it’s show-time!

NMMIn the UK’s fastest developing service sector it has never been more imperative to stay up-to-date on what areas are moving the quickest. The show hosted by the CAI at the National Motorcycle Museum on Thursday 21st May is now the only surviving national event serving the signal distribution industry.   Evolving Connectivity (2015) has developed its own evolution by covering everything related to content delivery in the home. The show that began nearly 40 years ago as simply a trade fair for aerial manufacturers has evolved in the fastest changing landscape of all - consumer electronics. This has included, terrestrial UHF TV, direct-to-home satellite, the switch to digital and now the connected home via broadband.

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4G at 800 MHz and possible disruption to Freeview - 24 April

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.

Typical symptoms include a loss of sound, pixelated images or loss of some or all Freeview channels. Cable and satellite TV services are very unlikely to be affected.

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Penrith, Carlisle, Windermere, Kendal, Dorchester, Weymouth, Portland, Sherborne, Morecambe, Barrow-in-Furness, Boston, Oakham, Burry Port, Craigavon and Newtonabbey.

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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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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

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