KNX Consultants has been playing a major role in training potential Team UK members as part of the selection process for the WorldSkills 2011 competition.  Young electricians Scott Wigmore and Chris Young undertook the KNX Basic Certification course, required for KNX Partner status, under the guidance of Ben Lewis of KNX Consultants. Training took place at the offices of Ivory Egg, a registered KNX Training Centre with whom KNX Consultants partners to deliver training services.

WorldSkills is a unique global competition where young people from across the world compete to become the “best of the best.”  1000 competitors from 50 nations will compete in 45 skills at ExCel, London 5-8 October 2011.  The international KNX Association has reinforced its commitment to developing the workforce of the future with its role as Presenting Sponsorship for the Electrical Installations sector of the competition.

The Gold Medal for the Electrical Installations category at the 2009 WorldSkills competition was won by the UK entrant, who was also trained by KNX Consultants and used KNX for his winning entry.  In 2011, KNX is the specified technology to be used in this category and potential entrants from countries throughout the world are therefore now going through the qualification process.

The five day course provided by KNX Consultants and Ivory Egg is a path to KNX Partner status and has given the candidates the right to be both listed on the website and to join the KNX UK National Association.  In preparing them for WorldSkills, the course included the concept and theory of KNX, provided practical training in the use of the KNX ETS software programming tool and culminated in a KNX Certification examination.

Ben Lewis of KNX Consultants comments:  ”The WorldSkills event is a real test of the abilities of the young competitors to deliver to the fullest extent of their chosen field.  As with all categories covered, the competitors in the Electrical Installations category are the future of the industry and need to be seen to be able to operate with the state of the art products and methods.

 “KNX is known as 'the worldwide standard for home and building control' and an open protocol complying with international standards. It would therefore seem natural for the competitors in this event to be competent and capable with KNX.  Indeed, I would venture that anything less would not be a complete representation of the skills of the contemporary electrical installer.”

 Ben reports that it was a pleasure to train Scott and Chris, one of whom will go forward to represent the UK later this year.  “I will certainly follow the progress of these two bright and motivated young men with great interest. Whatever happens between now and the WorldSkills event, I am sure that both the candidates will have a rewarding future.”

 Team UK will be announced on 29 June 2011 during the Apprenticeship Awards, taking place at the Mermaid Theatre, London.  “The management and development of Team UK simply couldn’t happen without the support of so many individuals and supporting organisations such as KNX,” says ECA Education and Training Manager David Thomas in his role as UK Skills Training Manager. “Reaching the highest international standards starts with the training and development of the specialist skills needed for international competition. The support of KNX provides an ideal opportunity for the competitor for Team UK to have the best possible support in the latest building control technology.”