I have been a qualified Electrician for around 10 years after deciding to leave the Sales world behind and train as an Electrician – returning to college at 25 to train and qualify. I started out as a trainee Electrician for TSG Building Services PLC, based in Letchworth, Hertfordshire straight out of college, undertaking Heating Electrics installations and repair, Periodic Inspections and remedial repairs for Social Housing Associations, and Full House rewires. I had to work quickly to rid myself of that trainee tag!
I left there after 18 months and went to work for Bedford Borough Council as a Street Lighting Electrician. There I was part of the team responsible for Installation, Maintenance and repair of some 18,000 Streetlights, Road Signs and Bollards across Bedford Borough, along with Festival, Market and Christmas Lighting.
I moved on to a company called NG Energy Ltd, as a Project Supervisor & NICEIC Qualified Supervisor, who specialised in LED Lighting replacements in major projects, across multiple sites, for nationally recognised organisations, including hospitals, “big 4” supermarkets, garage and tyre chains, and high street discount stores. Following my involvement in the delivery of multiple successful projects, I was seconded into a Project Management role and was responsible for further projects including for a confectionery manufacturer, several school and educational organisations, and high end retailers. I also had responsibility for training new employees in the use of the Lighting Survey software used to capture existing Lighting installations.
I moved from here – and returned pretty much full circle back to Heating Electrics – when I joined C & J Heating and Plumbing Ltd (Later to be re-named C & J Mechanical and Electrical Ltd) based in Stevenage. I joined the company as their new QS and developed the scope and range of the electrical side of the business. Here I learned the installation process for a range of Smart Thermostats including Nest, Tado, Hive, Lyric and Cosy as well as other smart products including Wireless Alarms, Cameras, Smoke Detectors and Lighting Systems. I worked on some fairly big heating contracts for bigger companies such as Oakray, Mears, Kier and Robert Heath Heating Ltd
The time finally came in 2018 for me try this out on my own – Welcome to PowerHouse Installations!