As we draw to the end of 2013 and all look forward to Christmas and the New Year, the staff at Access Training Academies would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holidays and a big thank you for all the support you've given us over the year. Access Training has continued to grow and provide the best trades training courses we possibly can. Look forward to more changes to our plumbing, electrician, gas and construction courses next year to make them even better, and we'll look forward to having you come and train with us.

Student training will resume on the 6th January, but in the meantime we have already started booking places for courses in 2014. If you fancy yourself as a bit of a handyman and would like to take it to the next step and become a professional tradesman, take the time to browse our website and have a look at the courses we offer.You can also get more information by calling 0800 345 7492 or alternatively filling in the information form found to the side of the page. Your details will be passed on to one of our professional course advisers who will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

It's a brand new year, and the perfect time for a brand new career.

Fire service data indicates that over 20% of domestic fires are caused by electrical faults, with this figure increasing during the festive season.

As the festive season fast approaches, some of you will be planning your part in the annual “Battle of the Illuminations” with your neighbours. This year you will want more lights, bigger, brighter, and more colourful for a more dynamic display that will make people stare in amazement.

All of your socket outlets will be put to use, many with multi-way extension leads attached. Will you be checking to see if your installation can safely cope with the extra load? No! Don’t be daft its Christmas, it will be ok!

Will you check the lights to make sure that they are safe to use?

  • Are they the correct type of lights for use outdoors?
  • Are the flex, plug and leads un-damaged?
  • Are the plugs fitted correctly and do they contain the right fuse (usually 3Amp)?
  • Are all the lamps the correct rating (voltage, wattage)?

Or shall we just trust to luck?

Then on one December evening your home becomes the focus of everyone in the neighbourhood. People from all over, standing wrapped in coats and scarves watching the awesome display that is before their eyes. A myriad of multicolour flashing lights illuminating jets and sprays of water as the local fire service battle to save your home!

One small spark is all it takes to start a devastating fire, do yourself (and your family) a favour this Christmas – check your lights (or get a qualified electrician to check then) before you put them up and use RCD’s to protect each ‘string’. A small price to pay to have a Merry Christmas with your family– in your own home!

Season’s Greetings,

- Mark Jenkins.

Mark Jenkins is the Electrical Course Development Manager here at Access Training. If you would like to take the steps to become a professional electrician, our electrical training courses are the fastest and most effective way to build up the skills you need and gain the necessary qualifications for a prosperous career in the industry. To find out more give us a call on 0800 345 7492.