The ongoing development and improvement of our team members is vital for both our company and our clients - as each employee gains a new skill or accreditation, we pass that knowledge and workmanship on to you. All of our staff are encouraged to take industry-approved training courses on a regular basis, and this means you can always have full confidence in their competency and experience.

As a company, W. Portsmouth & Co. Ltd is approved to provide Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) assessments to employees in-house. The test is designed specifically for Electricians working on construction sites, and requires they demonstrate knowledge of health and safety requirements, this then permits them to hold official ECS cards. On passing, each team member is issued their two-year certificate by the JIB.

Technical Training

All our on-site staff have completed apprenticeship schemes, earning both experience and City & Guilds-accredited Installation Electrician status. All our electrical test engineers hold the City & Guilds 2391 qualification for inspection, testing and reporting, with many years experience in initial verification and condition reporting.

Our operatives also hold certification for BS 7671:2011 ‘Requirements for electrical installations’ up to the most recent 17th Edition - the current standard in the United Kingdom for all low voltage installations.

Through our membership of JIB - which every employee holds a membership card for - our electricians have been assessed and qualified for Approved Electrician or Technician status, passing based on their extensive knowledge and experience.

The NICEIC training centre offers a range technical courses which we often attend, these provide extensive knowledge and guidance for our site management and operatives. Such courses include Emergency lighting design and verification, Periodic inspection for commercial premises and Fire alarm and detection.

Site training

A full competency in health and safety is required from all of our site-based supervisors. We ensure that they receive professional training through the Site Safety Supervisor Training Scheme (SSSTS), as well as a complete grounding in first aid procedures. We additionally train our site operatives in general safety procedures, including manual handling, abrasive wheel training and working safely at heights.

For our office-based Contracts Managers, the Site Managers Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) provides a thorough knowledge of the Health and Safety at Work Act and all other relevant construction regulations.

Each year, our operatives take the UKATA Asbestos Awareness course, ensuring that they are aware of the risks when finding asbestos in the workplace. They can identify varying types of asbestos and their uses, and know how to avoid the dangers associated with materials containing the substance. We also provide staff with IPAF and low-level PASMA mobile tower certification, dependent on the requirements of the project.

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