Business solutions company accredited by UK electrical authority NICEIC after successful audit of health and safety standards and quality thresholds
Leading UAE-based business services provider, Transguard Group, has been accredited by the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC), the UK’s leading voluntary authority for electrical contractors.
The accreditation, now positions Transguard as an ‘Approved Contractor’ after the company’s highly competent electrical technicians met the stringent standards required for health and safety procedures, extensive risk assessment undertakings and various training programs
“Complying with international best practice for electrical health and safety as well as risk assessment, is of paramount importance to us and our customers. Being accredited by NICEIC will further enhance our systematic and measurable approach towards operational excellence,” said Greg Ward, MD, Transguard Group.
Transguard successfully navigated a rigorous assessment process conducted by a UK-based NICEIC qualified engineer, who evaluated numerous examples of completed electrical work and checked that all equipment is well maintained and in good order. He also verified that all relevant documentation was accurate, current and easily accessible and that all supervisory staff were trained and had the relevant qualifications and experience.
“This is an ongoing process,” said Eddie Arrowsmith, Regional Engineering Manager for NICEIC. “We regularly re-assess our registered contractors, to guarantee that these high standards are sustained and that qualified supervisors are competent and responsible for the safety, technical standard and quality of electrical work under their supervision,” added Arrowsmith.
NICEIC has been assessing the competence of electrical contractors throughout the UK for over 60 years. It currently has 35,000 members who carry out 90% of all electrical work in the UK and is now bringing that level of expertise and professionalism to contractors in the UAE and the wider Middle East.
In pursuit of operational excellence, last year Transguard, opened a new, AED 3.8 million 38,000 square feet, ‘Centre of Excellence’, located at Dubai Investment Park (DIP), which is tasked with training 75,000 Transguard staff by 2020.
Transguard has 39 trainers, team leaders, teachers, facilitators and specialists based at the centre, delivering over 170 courses, ranging from administration skills to team building and safety management. Transguard’s English language training is benchmarked against the Common European Framework of Language, which leads to official and internationally recognised qualifications.
The two-storey centre comprises offices and classrooms on the first floor. On the ground floor several dedicated mock-up rooms, including a purpose-built apartment, office, clinic and even a fully furnished hotel room complete with a variety of materials and finishes requiring different maintenance solutions and methods. The centre also features a K9 unit with kennels for 16 dogs to support Transguard’s specialist dog handling and detection training.
“We always try to anticipate market trends and we understand there will be many challenges ahead as the UAE, and wider region, adopts a technological, knowledge-based strategy towards sustainable economic development,” added Ward.
Photo caption: Greg Ward, Managing Director, Transguard Group.