Plug into demand with ElecLocal

New regulations that have made it more difficult for under-qualified electrical installers to trade, have also increased business for ElecLocal's highly skilled electricians, reports Rachel Spaul

Tough EU regulations known as 'Part P', which require all people carrying out electrical work in homes and gardens in England and Wales to follow a set of rules to ensure their work is safe, have created substantial demand for 'competent' electricians. ElecLocal predicts that demand for these tradespeople could even outstrip that of plumbers.

Part of Local Services, ElecLocal is the only franchise to train its franchisees as fully qualified electricians following a 13-week City and Guilds training programme - this includes compliance with 'Part P'. ElecLocal franchisees are local electricians supported by a company with a national identity, substantial buying power, and an extensive team of trainers, business developers and technical advisors.

'We not only give you the training to make you a highly skilled and qualified electrician, we also give you a clearly defined strategy to build and run a successful business,' assures Steve Baker, Local Services' Chief Executive. 'Technical support, National Contracts, marketing material, advertising campaigns, branded vehicle, website and email is all covered so your next customer is never far away.'

When Peter Morgan began looking for a career change, he discovered just how difficult it could be to re-train as an electrician following traditional routes. After several attempts to enrol on local courses he turned to ElecLocal, which offered him a quicker and more secure route into self-employment as an electrician.

He recalls: 'I wanted to leave the rat race, have more control over my life, and gain greater job satisfaction. I decided to give electrical installation a go but couldn't find the right course. While looking through The Franchise Magazine I discovered ElecLocal. On speaking with the company I found them to be open and honest, and they offered a good product and value for money. I was expecting a hard sell but was surprised when I was left to make the decision in my own time.'

Peter launched his business in February 2006 and recalls receiving his first customer referrals and repeat business just three months later. A year on and Peter reflects: 'Year one is all about getting off the ground and setting the foundations for growth. I'm enjoying being in control of my work/life balance and am reaping the rewards of my business. I'm financially comfortable and looking forward to expanding my business as more national account work is passed my way. ElecLocal have been superb.'

With full training provided candidates do not need to be trained electricians. Steve outlines: 'We're seeking competent 'DIY'ers' with an engineering or practical background, who are looking for an exciting new challenge and are committed to being the best.'