The first lectures to groups of apprentice electricians under the HALO scheme have recently taken place and been hailed a success by colleges where they were delivered, announces Hylec-APL. The company's HALO initiative aims to support people entering the electrical industry via training programmes at colleges and other organisations by offering free guest lectures from an experienced electrical industry contractor to inspire with insights into the wide scope of work available to apprentices, some "how to get ahead in your career" tips and best practice advice.
The first HALO lecture took place at Barnfield College, Luton on May 2, to a packed classroom of 27 City & Guilds Level I and Level II students, plus staff. HALO guest lecturer and ambassador, Tony Brogan, held the students' attention for close on two hours as he spoke about toolkits, understanding the latest regulations, personal safety and responsibility and an in-depth look at some of the many interesting projects he has worked on, ranging from off-shore oil rigs to large commercial buildings.
The following day, students at Amersham College enjoyed the second HALO lecture, showing great engagement and interest throughout by asking Tony questions about the scope of work ranging from commercial through domestic installations they will be able to undertake as qualified electrical contractors. A representative from the local branch of Edmundson Electrical, a Hylec wholesale partner, also spoke to students at both lectures, introducing the company and explaining how it assists all electricians, electrical contractors and engineers by providing a comprehensive service and range of quality products sourced from leading suppliers.
On display at the HALO lectures were a selection of Hylec's innovations designed to make the professional installers' life easier, including Debox SL, the UK's first 100 per cent tool less inline junction box, which is supplied complete with terminal block and can be assembled in seconds, saving valuable on-site time and speeding project completion. On leaving the classroom, students received a "goody bag" containing Hylec products including Debox SL, Debox S, discount vouchers and other useful items. They were also invited to access the HALO Forum, an online resource with further hints and tips from Tony and the opportunity to share information with other apprentices.
Further lectures are scheduled with a number of other training organisations in the near future, including over 108 students at Bedford College. It is expected that take-up of the free HALO lectures will increase as colleges and training providers conform with the Government's apprenticeship reform programme being introduced from September, which calls for colleges to have closer engagement with employers and industry.
More information about the HALO scheme can be found at www.hylec-apl.com.