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TESP launches new ‘Rogue Trainers’ video

Beware of expensive training packages that promise much but may fail to deliver– that’s the advice of The Electrotechnical Skills Partnership (TESP) to those looking to qualify as an Electrician. 

In the latest video in it ‘Rogue Trainers’ series, an unsuspecting customer walks down a high street of what appear to be attractive gold, silver and bronze package offers, but soon falls foul of pushy sales pitches and empty promises.

TESP is highlighting the slippery tactics of training providers who operate outside of the industry-approved training routes. These ‘Rogue Trainers’ do this by trying to sell ‘bundles’ of qualifications to those unaware of what is needed to become a qualified electrician.

Many of these packages include courses that are not essential, nor suitable for new entrants. Often terms such as ‘Professional Electrician’ or ‘Full Scope Electrician’ contain a mix of knowledge qualifications and other courses that are best taken once qualified.

Ruth Devine MBE, Chair of TESP and ECA’s Senior Vice President, commented: 
“Whilst we have a strong network of training providers doing the right thing, unfortunately there are some working outside of what we consider ethical practice and selling packages that come with unnecessary and unsuitable qualifications.”

She added:

“We have evidence of pressurised sales tactics and limited time discounts to force you into making a decision without considering all your options.”

“Our advice is to take one qualification at a time – any reputable provider will agree with this – and not pay out for expensive packages of training which tie you into a number of irrelevant courses.”

You read the full advice on avoiding qualification bundles by visiting the Rogue Trainers website.

TESP is a not-for-profit industry partnership formed by the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA), Joint Industry Board (JIB), National Electrotechnical Training (NET), SELECT and Unite the Union to support electrotechnical employers to develop and drive the industry’s skills agenda.

Last updated 25 June 24