Universal Skills Blog

Our blog articles cover the latest news and media relating to the gas and power industry as well as updates from Universal Skills HQ including Knowledge Hub videos and podcasts.

Take a look at our latest news below.

Universal Skills Launch Solar PV and Energy Storage Courses

Universal Skills Launch Solar PV and Energy Storage Courses

Published: May 16, 2022 

Universal Skills is excited to announce the launch of a new Solar PV and Electrical Energy Storage Course as part of a continued effort to offer an industry recognised renewable energy training provision in a sector which continues to see rapid growth.

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Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Smart Metering

Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Smart Metering

Published: May 11, 2022 

In this article, we cover everything there is to know about smart metering and the benefits/duties that come with becoming a Dual Fuel Smart Metering Engineer. 

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UK Electric Vehicle Journey

How Far Along is the UK in its Electric Vehicle Journey?

Published: Apr 22, 2022 

In March 2022, for the first time ever, the top two vehicles registered on UK roads were both electric, out selling conventional petrol and diesel cars. The overall number of battery EVs registered were also the highest recorded in a single month, at 39,315 (78% up on last year).The outlook of the electric vehicle (EV) market is certainly positive, but there is still work to be done to secure its future.

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18th Edition Amendment 2 - Everything You Need to Know

18th Edition Amendment 2 - Everything You Need to Know

Published: Mar 25, 2022 

From the 28th March 2022, 18th Edition will be updated to Amendment 2. This change marks the first major revision in over two years and includes additional guidance, updated sections and an entirely new chapter for electricians and electrical installers to get their heads around.

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EUSR Cards Go Virtual

EUSR Cards Go Virtual

Published: Feb 17, 2022 

This week Energy & Utility Skills announced that it would be moving away from plastic EUSR registration cards in favour of a virtual card. The change comes as the company moves towards reducing its plastic usage whilst also hoping to increase overall security and speed when it comes to carrying out registration checks.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Become an EV Charge Point Installer

5 Reasons Why You Should Become an EV Charge Point Installer

Published: Feb 03, 2022 

Electric Vehicle (EV) charging continues to gain traction within the electrical installations sector, but why should individuals and companies consider upskilling in this area? Below are 5 reasons why you should consider becoming a qualified EV charge point installer today!

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Shortterm Group Acquire USG

Shorterm Group Expands Into Energy Sector Training With Acquisition of Universal Skills Group

Published: Jan 24, 2022 

Shorterm Group, one of the UK’s leading engineering recruitment and training businesses, today announced it has completed its acquisition of Universal Skills Group (USG), a specialist training provider within the energy sector.

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Dual Fuel Apprenticeships - Covid Update

Apprenticeship Training - Covid Update

Published: Dec 21, 2021 

As we face new restrictions as a result of the growing number of Omicron cases, we thought it would be a good idea to update you on how Universal Skills are continuing to learn and adapt our training for apprentice groups in this unprecedented era.

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EV Charge Point Regulations

How will new EV charge point regulations shape the electrical industry?

Published: Dec 03, 2021 

The UK is in the midst of an electric vehicle revolution with the prime minister announcing that from 2022 all new build properties, including residential housing, office blocks and commercial spaces will require EV charge points to be installed as standard. Such action has been welcomed by climate activists and goes a step further in helping the country achieve its promise of reducing the number of diesel and petrol vehicles on Britain's roads. But what does this all mean for the electrical and power industry?   

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The Future Skills Podcast Episode 1: Be Inspired with Danny Coleman

The Future Skills Podcast Episode 1: Be Inspired with Danny Coleman

Published: Jun 25, 2021 

In the first episode of 'The Future Skills Podcast', centre Manager Dan Taylor is joined by founder and Director Danny Coleman. They discuss Danny's journey, which saw his experiences as a plasterer turned teacher, shape the way he saw the training world and ultimately lead to what Universal Skills Group is today.

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Conducting a tightness test on gas pipework up to 28mm on a G4 or E6 meter | Gas tutorial

Conducting a tightness test on gas pipework up to 28mm on a G4 or E6 meter | Gas tutorial

Published: Jun 08, 2021 

Conducting a tightness test on gas pipework is essential as part of general health and safety when working with gas appliances. 

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