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A new incentive payment will be rewarded to businesses who take on an apprentice between 1st August 2020 and 31st January 2021. This has been introduced by the Government to help businesses and the economy to recover, following Covid-19.

Read more: NEW Employer Incentive Payment

Please read our latest update on Waterside Training's position in response to the recent Government announcement.

Read more: Important Information Regarding Coronavirus

Due to continued business growth, we are looking for an experienced Electrical Assessor to join our team!  Waterside specialises in Electrical and Mechanical engineering for industry, working with some of the biggest names in food, drink, plastics, pharmaceuticals and chemicals in the North West.  Our team has in-depth expertise of industrial plant and processes, and we set a high standard of training for our growing base of apprentices and workforce learners.

The role is flexible and we are looking for either a part time or full time person to join our team.

Read more: Vacancy - Electrical Assessor Part Time or Full Time

Finding faults on complex electrical control systems can be a real challenge, especially when there is a production manager breathing down your neck wanting to know how soon the line will be fixed.

So what approaches can maintenance staff take to get the bottom of the issue quickly?

Read more: Three simple steps to Electrical Fault Finding

ABB ACS150 drives on Electrical Maintenance course
Waterside's Electrical Maintenance course now includes setup and commissioning of ABB ACS 150 drives to demonstrate the principles of using inverters.  Delegates are first taken through core concepts such as the benefits and disadvantages of using drives, as well as an overview of Pulse Width Modulation.  Delegates then move onto practical exercises, including wiring up a drive system by following industrial standard circuit drawings, reading and understanding motor and drive nameplates, safe initial power up, and basic parameterisation.  All the practical work is done on Waterside's training rigs, which are designed and built to the same standard as typical industrial control panels.

Read more: ABB ACS 150 inverters on Electrical Maintenance course

Year 10 student creating an electromagnet
A group of Year 10 students from Ormiston Chadwick Academy in Widnes recently attended at an engineering taster day at Waterside Training.  The students gained first hand experience of practical mechanical and electrical engineering activities.  These included stripping and rebuilding pneumatic cylinders, correctly re-assembling a bolt arrangement, wiring up electrical plugs and creating basic electromagnets.  Manufacturing topics were also covered through a lean manufacturing game.

Read more: Year 10 students get taste of engineering