New era dawns as AEW becomes ‘kindred association’ of EDA

'Kindred Association' means AEW's members will have open access to EDA's comprehensive Education and Training program...

The Association of Electrical Wholesalers (AEW) has announced that it will become a ‘kindred association’ of the Electrical Distributors’ Association (EDA) in 2021.

“We have been working on this for the last six months with Margaret Fitzsimons, EDA Chief Executive, and her team”, says Ken Legros, AEW Administrator. “Like the AEW in Ireland, the EDA represents the vast majority of electrical wholesalers in the UK. It also has over 90 affiliated manufacturer, service and solution provider members from the electrotechnical supply chain. At a time when the AEW is actively trying to rebuild itself, we will be able to draw on the vast experience of the EDA to help us to shape our future direction.”

The AEW will have access to the EDA education and training program in 2021 and, in particular, a 12-module series that can be studied in whole or in part, depending on the needs and profile of the business. These distance-learning modules cover virtually every type of product sold through our supply chain and are suitable for all members of staff, irrespective of their experience.

Modules range from ‘Introduction to the Principles of Electricity’ to ‘Lighting Systems and Controls’, ‘Heating and Ventilation’, ‘Distribution, Switchgear and Protection’ and ‘Customer Services’, to name but a few. The program is both City & Guilds and CPD accredited, so learners will receive a certificate upon the successful completion of each module.

“We are really excited to be able to offer such a comprehensive training program to our members in 2021”, says Ken.

“Education and training has always been a problematic area for the AEW and its members, particularly for new recruits, but also for experienced staff who would like to brush up on their technical knowledge. We are confident that the EDA modules will satisfy these needs and that AEW members will support this initiative in large numbers.”

Margaret Fitzsimons comments, “Much time, resource and expertise went into the creation of these modules. The whole industry pulled together to make them happen and everyone involved is very proud of the final result. Our wholesaler and manufacturer members use them in many different ways – as part of an induction program, for transitioning to an active sales role or for upskilling. We have received nothing but positive feedback since the program was introduced. I am really pleased that they will be used by our colleagues in Ireland and we are happy to support them in any way that we can.”

“The AEW is very grateful to Margaret and her team for their help and co operation to date”, says Ken, “and we look forward to working with them in 2021 and beyond.”

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