National campaign inspires engineers of the future

National campaign inspires engineers of the future

Thousands of potential engineers are set to be inspired during a national campaign currently underway this week.

Tomorrow’s Engineers Week 2020 (2-6 November), led by EngineeringUK, takes place annually and shines a spotlight on engineering careers. It aims to change perceptions among young people, their parents and teachers, and inspire future engineers.

Now in its eighth year, the week-long campaign aims to show young people that engineering is a creative, problem solving, exciting career that improves the world around us.

Last year, the Royal Academy of Engineering estimated that the UK needed to find more than one million new engineers by 2020 to meet demands. According to Engineering UK, there is also a shortfall of 69,000 engineers and technicians entering engineering or STEM-related subjects.

This week’s celebration will feature the incredible things engineers work on and the range of jobs available in the industry. One example of the type of engineer highlighted is Tom Coleman, a former student at Leeds College of Building.

Tom studied a Higher-Level Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering, EngTech MICE, HND in Civil Engineering, and NVQ in Construction Management. Tom’s dedication earned him an array of accolades at College including CIHT awards, a Highways award, and a BTEC Outstanding Apprentice of the Year Award.

He then progressed to the University of Leeds where he recently completed an MSc in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and now works for A-one+ as a GIS Specialist Engineer. His projects gained recognition after being shortlisted for the ESRI and CIHT national awards ceremonies in London and winning a Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber (CEYH) 2020 Award.

Coleman said: “I believe the engineering industry provides the perfect platform for young, aspiring engineers to excel and progress. The industry has benefitted from increased awareness around apprenticeships and STEM recently, which has seen more companies invest in the future generation of engineers.

“My own company has seen the benefit that apprentices can provide to the business, and I wish more civil engineering apprenticeships were widely available when I was younger. Therefore, to the younger generation considering a future career in engineering, there has been no better time than now to pursue the opportunity.”

Catherine Smith, a lecturer in construction management at Leeds College of Building, said pursuing engineering was one of her best decisions. She said: “After graduating from the University of Sheffield, I was unsure about the industry in which I wanted to work. I started as a construction planner for Balfour Beatty on the gas network. After this, I progressed into project management working with Northern Powergrid as the client. I then progressed on to the Extra High Voltage electrical network, managing larger construction projects. This area is where I gained some electrical engineering qualifications, such as the more well-known SSMTS and safety passport.

“Three years ago, I moved to Leeds College of Building. I really enjoy sharing my experiences with the students and helping shape the construction professionals of the future. When I was in industry, I never worked on the same project twice, which meant I was always upskilling myself. If you fancy working in a profession where challenge and innovation is the norm, engineering is for you!”

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Powersystems accepted by JOSCAR

Powersystems accepted by JOSCAR

Powersystems accepted by JOSCAR

Powersystems – your High Voltage (HV) specialist partners – are proud to announce that we have been successfully accepted into the JOSCAR register and are now recognised as a fully compliant supplier for several defence companies and major organisations.

What is the JOSCAR register?

JOSCAR stands for the Joint Supply Chain Accreditation Register. The JOSCAR register is a central register of approved suppliers which are used by several major defence organisations including BAE Systems, NATS, Airbus and the MOD when implementing new projects.

This register is strictly invite-only and requires successful completion of a qualification process.

JOSCAR

What does this mean for our current and prospective clients?

Being included on the JOSCAR register is somewhat of a coup by Powersystems and something we are very proud of. It means that we join an elite group of suppliers that have been hand-picked by some of the most established organisations in the country.

This seal of approval means that our current and future clients can have extra confidence in Powersystems and our services as we have the capacity and technical ability to deliver on projects of this scale.

In addition, all of these organisations have strict security requirements and this is becoming more and more important to clients of all sizes, especially in the wake of GDPR. This again helps to inform our clients that we meet these high levels of protection for their systems

How can I find out more?

If you are interested in finding out more, further details are available on the Hellios website

Following successful projects Powersystems are proud to be involved in local and national industry and look forward to working closely with partners in further exciting projects next year and beyond.

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Powersystems Awarded Cyber Essentials Certification

Powersystems Awarded Cyber Essentials Certification

Cyber Essentials is an official UK wide, government-backed certification that helps companies guard against the most common cyber threats and reduce risk by at least 80%. It also allows us to demonstrate our commitment to cyber security to prospective customers.

The Government worked with the Information Assurance for Small and Medium Enterprises (IASME) consortium and the Information Security Forum (ISF) to develop Cyber Essentials, a set of basic technical controls to help organisations protect themselves against common online security threats.

The full scheme, launched on 5 June 2014, enables organisations to gain one of two Cyber Essentials badges. It is backed by industry including the Federation of Small Businesses, the CBI and a number of insurance organisations which are offering incentives for businesses.

This certification is suitable for all organisations, of any size, in any sector.

From 1 October 2014, Government requires all suppliers bidding for contracts involving the handling of certain sensitive and personal information to be certified against the Cyber Essentials scheme.

What is Cyber Essentials?

This certification is a simple but effective, Government backed scheme that helps  to protect organisations, whatever their size, against a whole range of the most common cyber attacks.

Cyber attacks come in many shapes and sizes, but the vast majority are very basic in nature, carried out by relatively unskilled individuals. They’re the digital equivalent of a thief trying your front door to see if it’s unlocked. Our advice is designed to prevent these attacks.

There are two levels of certification:

Cyber Essentials

Their self-assessment option gives you protection against a wide variety of the most common cyber attacks. This is important because vulnerability to simple attacks can mark you out as target for more in-depth unwanted attention from cyber criminals and others.

Certification gives you peace of mind that our defences will protect against the vast majority of common cyber attacks simply because these attacks are looking for targets which do not have the Cyber Essentials technical controls in place.

Cyber Essentials shows you how to address those basics and prevent the most common attacks.

Why Powersystems have Certified cyber security

  • Reassure our customers that you we are  working to secure our IT against cyber attack
  • To assure new customers with our promise that Powersystems have cyber security measures in place
  • Powersystems have a clear picture of our organisation’s cyber security level
  • Powersystems are able to fulfill Government contracts as we have Cyber Essentials certification

Cyber security and Government contracts

Powersystems are able to bid for central government contracts which involve handling sensitive and personal information or the provision of certain technical products and services, that will require this Cyber security Certification. More information is available on the Gov.UK website.

 

 

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Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic statement from Powersystems

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic statement from Powersystems

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic statement from Powersystems.

For many of us right now, the scale of the Covid19 (Coronavirus) crisis calls to mind historic events that have reshaped society in lasting ways.

In dealing with this extraordinary shock to our system the team at Powersystems wanted to reassure you and let you know how we are dealing with the challenges that we face from the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

The health, safety and well-being of our Powersystems partners, colleagues, customers, supply chain partners and wider public is our top priority. We have implemented procedures to safeguard our partners with the office closed and all the team working from home. Whilst we are ensuring that the necessary procedures and assessments are in place to allow site operations to be carried out safely in accordance with the latest official guidance from the UK Government.

Our technology and communication systems are working well and serving the business successfully.  

We continue to advise Powersystems partners and wider stakeholders on government guidance.

We are actively promoting preventative measures to minimise the risk of infection, through revised protocols and daily procedures, these include continued focus upon hygiene-cleaning, sanitisation, encouraging video conferencing and virtual meetings via Zoom, Face-time and Skype and avoiding non-essential face-to-face meetings. Where these may take place, they will do so within guidelines and will continue as long as it is safe to do so.

Powersystems partners can be contacted on our usual mobile and office numbers as well as email and LinkedIn which can be found on our website https://www.powersystemsuk.co.uk/

Looking forward, we welcome new business enquiries and will continue to tender for future contracts even whilst our office may be closed.

Our focus is on the safe continuity of business this is a difficult time for everyone and the immediate future is uncertain. Please be reassured however, that Powersystems is resilient and we are responding to the challenge presented with the support of our partners. To them we are grateful for their agility and proud of their response to this current situation.

Thank you for your support. If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with your usual Powersystems engineering contact.

Stay Safe Everyone

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Douglas West Wind Farm Electrical Works Awarded To Powersystems

Douglas West Wind Farm Electrical Works Awarded To Powersystems

Powersystems Announces Electrical Works Contract For Douglas West 55 MW Wind Farm.

Powersystems has announced it has been awarded the electrical works contract by Scottish company RJ Mcleod who are a highly experienced civils contractor based in Dingwall – they have been appointed to construct the 55 MW Douglas West wind farm on behalf of their mutual client Blue Energy and Green Coat who acquired the project in December 2019.

The Douglas West 55 MW wind farm, located near Poniel in Lanarkshire is part of will comprise of thirteen Vestas V136 – 3.6MW turbines. The overall site will form part of a 200MW “clean-energy cluster” for Scottish Power in the region, enough energy to power 100,000 homes.

Experience in the design and installation of 132 kV high voltage electrical infrastructure has placed Powersystems in a position ideally suited to carryout wind farm electrical balance of plant contracts.

Since Powersystems first wind farm installation at Goonhilly Downs in 1992 they have been actively involved with wind farm projects ranging from single turbines to 60 plus turbine sites. Powersystems engineers are experienced in the design, specification, installation and commissioning of wind farm switchgear, transformers, cable infrastructure, earth systems and SCADA cabling, enabling the complete installation to be carried out.

Powersystems have connected 24% of all U.K. land base wind farm generation.

This marks Powersystems  thirty third project with RJ McLeod.

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Contact Information

This article is written by Jules Daly, Marketing and Communications Manager at Powersystems UK.

Email jules.daly@powersystemsuk.com Telephone 01454 318000 

Powersystems UK Ltd are a specialist High Voltage electrical engineering company established in 1977.  Powersystems have grown by reputation to become a major force in the design and installation of high voltage infrastructure across the whole of the United Kingdom.

As one of the first Lloyds National Electricity Registration Scheme ‘s accredited Independent Connection Providers we are capable of delivering contestable grid connections at voltages up to 132kV.

Powersystems have also supported and delivered projects for diverse clientele; this includes:

  • Dyson Hullavington
  • Millbrook Proving Ground, electric vehicle testing facility
  • EV infrastructure, for bus transportation projects UK wide
  • Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio, London
  • Rolls Royce Aero Engines and Airbus
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Formula One Race Teams (Mercedes Petronas, Williams F1 and Red Bull Technologies)
  • Public Sector – Ministry of Defence, Universities, NHS Trusts UK wide, Schools, Water Utilities.
  • Bristol, Newport and Southampton Port Authorities

Powersystems UK Ltd. is an Employee Owned Business and as such has a keen interest in the well-being of all its employees. We encourage and empower you to be imaginative, share great ideas and be involved in the success of our business.

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