Newsletter - Issue 129

New members of the FIA

The FIA council would like to extend a warm welcome to our new members: –

Personal Members:

Nathan Kelly

Corporate Members:

CNI Europe Ltd. 

Cable Telecommunications Training Services Ltd.

 

PPC Broadband Fiber Ltd.
Europoll Supply Ltd.
Dunasfern Inc. Auriga.


 

Dates for your diary:

Summer Seminar 2018!

4th & 5th June 2018, Whittlebury Hall, Towcester, NN12 8QH.  Sponsorship opportunities are announced below.

FIA AGM:

6th December 2017, The Manor House, High St, Buntingford, SG9 9AB


(Another) New FIA White Paper

Following further developments in UK standardization regarding the implications of the implementation of Construction Products Directive and its progress, Mike Gilmore has produced a further updated white paper, available to all members, describing its progress through standardization and the position the FIA have taken in this process in recent weeks.

The White Paper describes why we have taken this position and the reasons behind it. Find it here


Stolen Equipment Register

We have recently reinstated the Stolen Equipment register. We aim to publish the details of stolen equipment in order to assist members in recovering their equipment should the worst happen.

The register can be found here. It can also be found on the homepage.

Details required in order to report stolen equipment include the date stolen, Serial number of all items, full description and most importantly, the crime record number. There are links to allow you to report stolen equipment, and also to report that you have been offered stolen equipment.


Technical Support Guide Access

Members who wish to see or download the “members only” Technical Support Guides can do so by clicking on the link here.


FIA Summer Seminar 2018 – sponsorship opportunities

After this year’s successful FIA Summer Seminar, which scored 95% for the question; “Would you recommend the FIA Summer Seminar to a friend in the industry?” we are pleased to announce sponsorship deals for the June 4th & 5th 2018 event. Following a similar format, the following options are available: –

Main event sponsorship: £2,000 + VAT.

Benefits to include:

  • Banner at the front of the Seminar Room on both days
  • Logo on slides
  • AIS Seminar (held on the morning of Day 1) presentation slot
  • Exhibition Table-top in main Seminar room (full day on 4th and half-day on 5th June)
  • Company logo on event web page
  • 5 minute slot at Seminar on Day 1 to introduce the company and provide details of the exhibits
  • 2 x f.o.c delegate Seminar & Dinner places
  • Follow up Sponsors message (100 words) in the next Newsletter after the event

Dinner Sponsor: £1,500 + VAT.

Benefits to include:

  • Banner and/or Pop Up in the Dining Room on the evening of the Dinner
  • Gift on table for Delegates (provided by Sponsor)
  • Exhibition Table-top in main Seminar room (full day on 4th and half-day on 5th June)
  • Company logo on event web page
  • 5 minute slot at Seminar on Day 1 to introduce the company and provide details of the exhibits
  • 2 x f.o.c delegate Seminar & Dinner places
  • Follow-up Sponsors message (50 words) in the next Newsletter after the event

Bar Sponsor: £1,000 + VAT.

Benefits to include:

  • Exhibition Table-top in main Seminar room (full day on 4th and half-day on 5th June)
  • Company logo on event web page
  • 5 minute slot at Seminar on Day 1 to introduce the company and provide details of the exhibits
  • 1 x f.o.c delegate Seminar & Dinner place

Exhibitor table-top sponsor: £575 + VAT (members), £800 + VAT (non-members)

Benefits to include:

  • Exhibition Table-top in main Seminar room (full day on 4th and half-day on 5th June)
  • Company logo on event web page
  • 5 minute slot during Seminar programme to introduce the company and provide details of the exhibits
  • Note: Delegate places are not included in the table-top sponsorship fees and must be additionally booked.

For those that missed the 2017 event, presentation slides can be found here.

To enquire further, or speak to the organiser, please contact the secretariat here.

 


 Are apprenticeships the answer to the skills shortage?

The Situation Today

There is a recognised skills shortage in Britain. Companies are reporting that they face real difficulty in recruiting workers with the appropriate skills levels, and is particularly prevalent in telecommunications where skilled technicians and engineers are in short supply.
This shortage has been confirmed during recent discussions with BT Openreach and Virgin Media who indicate that they require 7000 and 3000 engineers respectively to deliver the ambitious national broadband roll-out programmes known as Next Generation Access (NGA). The Fibreoptic Industry Association (FIA) members have also reported a need to introduce new staff and to up skill and train existing staff.

A Possible Future?

We understand that a UK training company (specializing in finding and placing apprentices) has introduced a new Network Cable Installer Apprenticeship, which is under trial at the moment.  This apprenticeship runs for 12-15 months and is a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship with a cohort of 6-8 apprentices.  Included in the period are knowledge assignments featuring an introduction to communications technologies, health and safety, communications equipment, fault diagnosis and maintenance. City & Guilds 3667 is also included in the apprenticeship (either Unit 2 and 3 Internal and External Fibre or Unit 4 Internal Copper) together with CSCS and NRASWA courses.

This has sparked something of a debate within the FIA and as such, we would welcome inputs from the FIA membership regarding this type of new apprenticeship.  A detailed breakdown of the Apprenticeship Levy is shown below so it can be directly applied to any business size. What do you believe needs to be included in the syllabus?

Apprenticeship Levy

Additionally this skills shortage has been addressed to some extent by central government and they have been promoting apprenticeships for the last 5 years – Indeed the target is 3 million apprentices placed by 2020.

That said however, the new Apprenticeship Levy introduced in May has generated new rules…..so how could the Apprenticeship Levy affect you?

CATEGORY 1

Do you have less than 50 employees and a salary bill of less than £3 million?

  • You won’t make any contribution to the apprenticeship levy
  • Funding can be used to up-skill employees (including graduates), or to recruit apprentices aged 16- 18, for learners aged 19+, you will be required to make a 10% contribution to training costs
  • You will receive a £1,000 cash incentive for recruiting an apprentice aged 16-18
  • Any member of staff under the age of 25 who is enrolled on an apprenticeship programme will not be subject to national insurance contributions

CATEGORY 2

Do you have more than 50 employees and a salary bill of less than £3 million?

  • The government will contribute to 90% of your training costs, you will contribute the final 10%
  • 10 % payment will be made upfront to training provider
  • Funding can be used to train up existing staff (including graduates), or to recruit apprentices of any age
  • You will receive a £1,000 cash incentive for recruiting an apprentice aged 16-18
  • Any member of staff under the age of 25 who is enrolled on an apprenticeship programme will not be subject to national insurance contributions.

CATEGORY 3

Do you have a salary bill of more than £3 million?

  • You will contribute 0.5% of your annual salary bill into the apprenticeship levy
  • The 0.5% will be paid through a payroll tax
  • Funding can be used to train up existing staff (including graduates), or to recruit apprentices of any age
  • You can access your funds through an online digital account
  • These funds will expire after 24 months
  • For every £1 that enters your digital account, you will get £1.10 to spend through a 10% top-up from the government
  • Any member of staff under the age of 25 who is enrolled on an apprenticeship programme will not be subject to national insurance contributions

FIA Accredited Installers – the official list for November 2017

We would like to offer a warm welcome to Splice Group UK Ltd. as our latest member of the AIS:If your organisation is interested in joining the scheme, contact the AIS Director, Frank Kler here.

  • ABM ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING LTD.
  • BREXONS LIMITED.
  • CABLE DYNAMICS LIMITED.
  • CIS SERVICES LTD.
  • COMPUTER-LINKS LTD.
  • FES LTD.
  • GCL LTD.
  • HUNTER COMMUNICATION SERVICES LTD.
  • INFINET DATACOMS LTD.
  • INTERCONNECT NETWORK SYSTEMS LTD.
  • ITM COMMUNICATIONS LTD.
  • J BRAND LIMITED.
  • LYNX NETWORKS plc.
  • NETWORX3 GROUP Ltd.
  • OPEN NETWORK ASSOCIATES LIMITED.
  • PARAGON DATA SERVICES LTD.
  • PR POWER INSTALLATIONS
  • RAMPTEC LIMITED.
  • RE-MARK GROUP.
  • SPLICE GROUP LTD.
  • THE KIRBY GROUP.
  • TWISTNET COMMUNICATIONS LTD.
  • WIRRAL INSTALLATIONS LIMITED.

For full details for all of the FIA AIS Accredited Installers, click here

Conditions of Accreditation
As a member of the FIA Accredited Installer scheme companies shall send staff to attend a minimum of two (free-of-charge) AIS Technical update Seminars per year. This is an essential part of the AIS scheme and it is imperative for both the company and the FIA that attendance is in-line with the scheme requirements – failure to attend at least two seminars will result in suspension.
Withdrawal of Accreditation
AIS accredited Installers will be removed from the list if their attendance at the quarterly AIS seminars is inadequate. While the FIA Council fully understand the difficulties companies have making time available to attend these events, such attendance is a requirement of the Accredited Installer Scheme and it is unfair on the other members of the scheme if some do not meet their obligations.


Ministry of Defence – would you like to become a supplier?

The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) are British Industry’s largest single customer, spending around £16Bn per year on goods and services. In order to simplify the process of tendering for MoD business, the FIA, in conjunction with the MoD supply chain group, produced a simple one page Application Form which enables a fast-track approval for FIA members, details available here.

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New Members welcomed, Dates for your Diary, Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme – your feedback sought, FIA 2018 Summer Seminar – details of sponsorships, BS 6701 progress – EuroClass implementation in the UK, FIA Accredited Installers – the official list for November 2017, Ministry of Defence – become a supplier, Stolen Equipment Register

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