Making moves in UAE
More and more firms in the United Arab Emirates are now having their electricians assessed by NICEIC.
NICEIC was initially invited to the Middle East back in 2015 at the request of a major regional firm who wanted third party accreditation for the quality of its electrical workers.
The company wanted to demonstrate how its workers were assessed to the most relevant and stringent levels of competency.
Since then more and more firms have sought NICEIC accreditation – including many facilities
managemnet (FM) firms who have responsibility for the management of buildings in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Eddie Arrowsmith, NICEIC’s Regional Engineering Manager, who looks after the Middle East operation, was recently interviewed by Construction Week (Dubai) – the biggest construction magazine in the region.
He said: “There’s a dichotomy in this region.
“On the one hand, the buildings here are extremely sophisticated; far more complex than those that you’d generally find in the UK, in terms of size, loadings, and technology.
"On the other hand, the competency levels and skills base of electrical contractors tends to be quite weak in comparison.
“It’s not that electrical contractors here are stupid; they simply haven’t had access to the relevant information. There is very little in the way of formal training in this region and that is where NICEIC can help.”