Sparks Expo special: Train4TradeSkills student Amanda talks about the electrical event

Last week I went along to the Sparks Expo at the Reebok Stadium, along with another fellow T4TS student. On arrival we were pleasantly greeted by the Team from Sparks Magazine, and received a bag containing some goodies. There were numerous stalls to look around and representatives from various Companies. Some of which were also giving away a few goodies.

We managed to have a good chat with Tony Cable from the NICEIC about the new Regs changes, and found him to be extremely helpful. Dave meanwhile was playing quiz master to 2 teams from local colleges.

We also spoke to the representatives from the Learning Lounge which we are both subscribed to and agree we both find it very useful indeed. I really do recommend subscribing to the Learning Lounge, the content is extremely well put together and updated regularly. I’ve not to date come across a better package, it’s really the best value for money I’ve come across. Here is the link for anyone interested –

We looked around the various stalls, and watched some demonstrations, unfortunately the Tech talks had been cancelled due to lack of available space, but I’m assured they will be there at next year’s event.

One item that really caught my eye, as I’d seen it used in a training video, was the Wiha Torque Vario Screwdriver set. This really does seem a great investment for peace of mind when it comes to ensuring terminations are neither over-tightened or too loose. The tool is adjustable and can thus be set to the Manufacturers recommended torque settings.

Ok, so the price tag seems a little high at first, and I know I won’t be getting one until I’m in the trade and earning, but, for the peace of mind of a job well done, I can only believe it would be an investment. It’s certainly going on my list of must-haves.

Another really helpful chap was Paul Skinner from Megger. We had a look at the various products available as he explained the benefits of each depending on intended application. They seem to produce a good variety of testing equipment.

Before leaving, we managed to have a chat with Cellia from SNG publishing, who are responsible for the very useful Sparks Magazine, a Magazine aimed at trainee Electricians, and packed full of helpful and informative information.

It’s a shame the tech talks couldn’t go ahead, but all in all it was an interesting and informative day. It was nice to put some faces to names, and to view some of the products out there. I will most definitely be attending next year’s event.


You can read Amanda’s Blog about her electrician course and find out more about her visit to the Sparks Expo at


About Train4tradeSkills

Train4TradeSkills offer the only trade training skills courses that combine three great ways to learn, through a unique blend of book based theory, practical workshops and virtual reality PC based training, to help you qualify you as a plumber, electrician or gas engineer. No other learning provider offers our unique way to study, with full tutor support, easy to follow, step by step modules. Once you complete one part of the course and return your work for marking, the next stage of the course automatically follows. It’s as easy as that. It’s fun, it’s easy to follow... and it can be fitted around your existing work and family commitments!

Posted on October 17, 2011, in electrician, electrician courses, electrician jobs, plumbing, plumbing courses, plumbing jobs, train4tradeskills, Train4TradeSkills Bright Sparks and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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