An NICEIC registered contractor will be giving away his van in order to set up a fund for apprentice electricians who are trying to start a career in the industry.
Thomas Nagy, who runs a Youtube channel showcasing his electrical work in and around London, came up with the idea after deciding to get a new van for his business.
Thomas commented: “With new laws surrounding emission levels in central London I have had to look at getting a new more eco-friendly van.
“Normally, I would just look to trade in the old van but to be honest I have had it since new and it has served me well so I thought why not try and do something different.
“A new van can be a major cost for someone just trying to make a start in the sector and so hopefully it will be put to good use.”
He has estimated the old van, which is fully racked out, will be worth around £4000 and will also come complete with a brand new toolkit, courtesy of ITS Tools.
The prize skill competition will require entrants to visit his site and answer a question as well as paying £5 to be in with a chance of winning the van. The competition has reportedly raised more than £5,000 already and will run until November 4.
Thomas will donate the proceeds from the competition to a bursary fund for young apprentices who are hoping to start a career in the sector and has also asked NICEIC to help facilitate the fund.
Paul Collins, Communications Manager at NICEIC, said: “Thomas got in touch and told us about the idea and we were only too delighted to try and help.
“It is a great idea and a very generous gesture that will give something back to the industry – particularly apprentices who often find the cost of just getting started very prohibitive.”
NICEIC already runs its own Jobs for the Girls bursary which aims to give young women, who are under-represented in the electrical industry, a helping hand.
The Thomas Nagy apprentice fund will be run in a similar format with young apprentices able to apply for a certain amount of funding to help them with tools, training, or other associated costs. More details will be available in January 2019 when the bursary fund opens.
To enter the prize skill competition visit Thomas’ fundraising page at https://www.gofundme.com/the-big-van-giveaway.