Electrical Licence to Practice (LtP) is about connecting the competencies of Licenced Electrical Workers with Contracts. The online LtP system provides Client organisations with a means of appointing Electrical Contractors who are committed to the recruitment, training and retention of competent Electrical Workers.
Client organisations and their professional representatives are obliged via the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 to ensure that they have the right people for the right job at the right time. This presents an information challenge to busy Project Managers. The following questions may be worth considering.
|Q1. How do you know that you have fully qualified electrical workers on the job?|
Clients and their professional representatives can be blindsided by this issue. Focus tends to be on card based Health & Safety credentials, with Clients often overlooking the underpinning vocational qualifications. The trend towards subletting work packages has also blurred the lines in relation to who is doing the work on the Project. As agency and self-employed workers appear, a potential and obvious risk factors are introduced.
|Q2. How do you know that the electrical workers are up to date with current British Standards?|
Clients should insist on a service that includes the requirement for the electrical contractors workforce to be up to date with current accredited BS7671 knowledge. If your subcontractors workforce is up to date, the quality and standard of the project is likely to have a much better outcome.
|Q3. How do you presently validate the identity and competency of Electrical Workers?|
A trust basis will hardly be good enough for your insurance broker or barrister if a claim or dispute arises. Reliance upon plastic cards, spreadsheets and pen and paper can be a challenge in the modern construction industry. An online digital system reduces this burden and provides instant transferable finger-tip information
|Q4. How do you provide a defence in court for using underqualified or unqualified electrical workers?|
Evidence and records are clearly key factors when it comes proving your diligence as a client/client representative. By demonstrating that you have exercised discernment and management of the appointed electrical contractor, your reputation will clearly be upheld.
The Electrical Licence to Practice system provides a unique, online solution to these questions and scenarios. The online system requires Electrical Workers to register for one of three Licence types. These are QE (Qualified Electrician), REW (Restricted Electrical Worker) and AE (Apprentice Electrician). The system provides Client organisations with an online identity and competency check for Electrical Workers. A previously established condition of tender obliges the Client’s appointed supply chain to make connections via the LtP system from the Main Contractor to each Electrical Worker via the Electrical Contractor. The outcome of which provides an online Workforce Composition report which becomes visible to the parties of the Contract for audit and quality improvement purposes.
Client organisations who specify the LtP requirement will know the precise makeup of the Electrical Contractor’s workforce by Licence type as it appears on their construction site. The system is designed to provide Client organisations with an opportunity to improve quality, raise standards and exercise greater discernment in the selection and appointment of an Electrical Contractor based upon the competency of their workers.
A free online Electrical Worker identity and competency verification service forms part of the LtP proposition. The system provides Project Managers with an online Workforce Composition report that details the Electrical Contractor’s workers by identity (photographic) and Licence type.
As a Client of the construction industry, you have the right and responsibility to set a high standard for the requirements of your construction Project. These requirements will probably be matched to your corporate social responsibility policy, brand, mission statement and organisational aims and objectives.
1. Specify the LtP requirement at the designed stage of your proposed project.
2. Include the requirement in related PQQ and ITT documents
3. Inform your supply chain that you are planning to make use of LtP on future projects.
4. Promote your quality improvement and corporate social responsibility LtP interests in the media.