How Leasing Access Vehicles Can Improve Street Lighting Projects

The future looks bright for street lighting contractors. 

From 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT) to ongoing government funding to tackle street crime¹ and the climate crisis², there are a number of exciting projects on the horizon. The UK government’s latest National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline promised £650bn for infrastructure schemes over the next decade³.

But with public finances under pressure, many contractors are being forced to find ways to increase efficiency and deliver greater value on projects.

One way of doing this is by rethinking the way they procure key strategic equipment and Vehicle Mounted Access Platforms. And in this article, we explore how embracing a leasing model can empower contractors in the street lighting sector.

The budget problem

Research from the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) shows there is a persistent gap between cost estimates and output from infrastructure projects, suggesting that contractors and firms struggle to plan their budgets effectively.

There are a number of reasons why. For example, street lighting projects are very prone to disruption, with weather often slowing work down or making it too dangerous. This can create a cascading effect, leading to delays and excess spending.

However, one of the most challenging parts of the budgeting process is procurement.

The procurement problem

The majority of street lighting projects require assets like Vehicle Mounted Access Platforms, to enable them to work at heights safely. But because few contractors can afford to buy their own fleet outright, they are forced to hire it from a third-party provider. 

This tends to lead to rigid contracts that aren’t adaptable to their projects’ workflow, and limits their ability to afford top quality equipment. It makes managing their budget more challenging, as payments are fixed and often don’t fit well within the contractor’s income stream. 

But the reality is, this need not be a problem at all. Because there is a third option for street lighting contractors – the vehicle leasing model.

Kelling Group Access Hire Leasing

The leasing solution

Leasing Vehicle Mounted Access Platforms enables a level of flexibility that most contractors assume is not available to them. 

The model allows them to procure the highest quality vehicles without the prohibitive cost of buying, and update the model when a project is done – without ballooning payments. But it also helps them spread their payments more effectively, helping manage and adapt their budget to their income. 

There are also clear tax benefits. Many street lighting contractors even find they can deduct the full lease rental cost from their taxable income – or claim capital allowances on the asset cost. Across an entire fleet and multiple projects, this creates a huge improvement in financial efficiency – one that can either be passed onto the client or kept to increase the contractor’s bottom line.

Vehicle Mounted Access Platform Budget

Working with Access Hire

Access Hire has pioneered this leasing model with our market-leading Vehicle Mounted Access Platforms. We provide 24/7 support, ongoing maintenance and expert product knowledge to every one of our clients. And our vast list of long-term relationships is proof that the model works.

To discover how leasing our vehicles could help you, reach out to us today.

1.https://www.gov.uk/government/news/intelligent-street-lighting-illuminates-the-way-to-digital-roads-for-national-highways
2.https://iotuk.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/The-Future-of-Street-Lighting.pdf
3.https://www.raconteur.net/infrastructure/uk-faces-tough-choices-to-finance-infrastructure-ambitions/
4.https://www.ice.org.uk/media/vmhdu4jc/ice-report-reducing-the-gap-between-cost-estimates-and-outturns-for-major-infrastructure-projects-and-programmes.pdf

Hire Administrator

Normanton

 Type: Permanent, Full-time

 Working hours:  Mon – Fri, 8am – 5pm.

Job Function: To support and administer the Hire Desk and Sales Team effectively through daily activities enabling the team to maximise UOR.

Reporting to: Sales Director.

Liaising with: Hire Desk Team, Sales Team, Customers, Head Office.

The ideal candidate will be an excellent team player with good communication skills, who is comfortable talking to customers through a diverse mix of sectors about their need to hire equipment. You will need a good standard of IT skills especially with Microsoft packages and the ability to effectively operate and manage our in house hire system. Previous experience of the Hire sector is preferred.

Responsibilities:

  • Taking inbound calls and acting as the first point of contact for customer enquiries, responding in a timely and effective manner.
  • Outbound calls for prospecting, qualification and market research purposes.
  • Ensuring the accurate administration of contracts and orders, maintaining systems and paperwork accuracy.
  • Supporting the business with periodic reports.
  • On a day-day basis working with the Hire Desk supporting them with all back-office functions. 
  • Building great working relationships and product knowledge which you will use to translate your customers’ requirements.
  • You will be an ambassador for our “Customer First” culture, resolving any issues quickly and keeping our customers informed, so that they feel truly valued.
  • Follow company’s Employee handbook policies and procedures.

Requirements:

  • 2 year+ Hire Desk Administration experience.
  • Proven ability to work to targets and deadlines.
  • Strong communication skills; both verbal and written.
  • A professional and polite approach to Customer Services, ensuring accuracy of information and ensuring that all parties are effectively communicated with.
  • Excellent self-organisation and attention to detail, to ensure accurate document management.
  • Ability to work closely with colleagues at all levels and build rapport with internal and external customers.
  • Sound Analytical and problem-solving abilities.
  • Good IT literacy for production of presentation.

For more information on this position, please apply today with your latest CV hr@kellinggroup.com

*The Company reserves the right to amend your job description in the line with the changing demands of the business.

*Candidates must be eligible to live and work in the UK.

When is it Time to Change Access Vehicle Suppliers?

Switching suppliers can be extremely complicated, and many businesses stick with sub-optimal equipment simply to avoid the hassle. 

But what if staying with your current supplier is actually harming your business’s performance? And what if something as simple as changing the provider of your Vehicle Mounted Access Platforms  could have a significant impact on your bottom line?

In this article, we explore the dilemma contractors find themselves confronted with: when and how to change suppliers for key strategic equipment.

Why is switching suppliers difficult?

While every contractor will face their own specific difficulties, there are three key challenges all businesses face when switching suppliers:

1. Finding the right supplier

Finding the right partner to supply your Vehicle Mounted Access Platforms for your business is hard.|You want to source the best vehicles, but that isn’t the end of it. You also need to scrutinise the operating model of the supplier, including what kind of support they offer, how they interact with their clients and what level of expertise they can offer.

2. Managing the transition

Once you have chosen a new supplier, you need to ensure the switch is smooth and seamless. Even a few hours’ disruption can be detrimental to the outcome of a project, and managing the logistics so that the new supplier is available exactly when you need it can be very difficult.

Vehicle Mounted Access Platform Safety

3. Ensuring the supplier is reliable

Finally, you’ve got the new Vehicle Mounted Access Platforms on site. But what happens if there are technical issues or unresolved questions? You need to be confident that the new supplier will be reliably available to ensure that everything runs smoothly – not just during the transition, but at every moment of your project.

So why would you make the switch?

Given all of these potential pitfalls, it makes sense that so many businesses are hesitant to take the plunge. But there are plenty of extremely valid reasons why switching to a new supplier may ultimately prove less disruptive in the long run:

Vehicle Mounted Access Platform Budget

1. You need better equipment

Not all Vehicle Mounted Access Platforms are the same, and your business might simply require an upgrade. You might want to make use of more recent technology, change the specifications of your vehicles or simply improve the safety of your site.

3.5 Ton 13.2M 4X4 Pick-Up Mounted Access Platform In Use

2. You need more flexibility or control

Being locked into an undesirable contract can be a huge problem for contractors. But even if this isn’t the case, you may still want to change the length of your hires – or even experiment with leasing instead.

Leasing A 3.5 Ton 13M Van Mounted Platform From Kelling Group

3. You need better technical support

If your current supplier isn’t doing enough to ensure their equipment functions effectively, it is more than reasonable to look elsewhere. Access vehicles require regular maintenance, and many suppliers don’t even properly fulfil their obligations in this regard – let alone providing the level of 24/7 support you deserve.

Is it time to take the leap?

Ultimately, the question to ask is not whether now is the right time to be switching suppliers. Instead, you should be asking yourself: what does my business deserve?

If you believe your business deserves true quality – both in terms of the Vehicle Mounted Access Platforms you use and the level of service and support you receive – then why settle for second best?

At Access Hire, we’ve helped countless businesses make a seamless transition. With the UK’s largest and youngest fleet, we provide the quality our clients deserve – along with inclusive maintenance, expert guidance and 24/7 support.

If you’d like to discover how we make those transitions happen, reach out to our team today.

LCV Technician

Normanton

 Type: Permanent, Full-time

 Working hours:  40 hours.

Job Function: Responsible for Workshop maintaining vehicles, carrying out inspections, repairs and services.

Reporting to: Depot Manager.

Liaising with: Logistic Supervisor, Hire Desk, Vehicle Mechanics, Hoist Engineers, Drivers and all other Head Office Staff.

The ideal candidate must be confident and able to carry out vehicle diagnostics using a range of diagnostic equipment and also prepare vehicles for MOT test.

Responsibilities:

  • Carry out routine maintenance and repairs on all types of vehicles.
  • Inspect, diagnose and rectify any mechanical and electrical faults.
  • Repair or replace broken or defective parts. 
  • Attend breakdowns on site, fault diagnosis and correct rectification.
  • Correctly process all jobs on the works handheld tablet to include the allocation of labor and any parts used.
  • Process any parts requirements and support the optimum parts stock level system. 
  • Be diligent and report any potential customer recharges to the Depot Manager and via the handheld tablet.
  • Provide back-up support in other areas within the business.
  • Ensure that the company’s health and safety policy and procedures are adhered to in relation to site operations.
  • Be an ambassador for the company, ensuring a polite, friendly and professional manner at all times.
  • Follow company’s Employee handbook policies and procedures.

Requirements:

  • Minimum 2 years’ experience as an LCV Technician.
  • NVQ Level 3 qualification in Light Vehicle Mechanics, Maintenance Repair.
  • Experience in carrying out diagnostic repairs and fault finding.
  • A full current driving license.
  • Ability to prioritise tasks, work well under pressure and to strict deadlines.
  • Awareness and understanding of health and safety requirements.
  • Good professionalism and ability to work as part of a team.

For more information on this position, please apply today with your latest CV hr@kellinggroup.com

*The Company reserves the right to amend your job description in the line with the changing demands of the business.

*Candidates must be eligible to live and work in the UK.

Access Hire Industry Insights: Four Key Challenges for the Power Sector in 2022

A thriving power sector is at the heart of any developed economy. In the UK, it supports over 700,000 jobs and contributes £27 billion annually in gross value added¹.

But with climate crisis, geopolitical challenges and ongoing supply chain shocks, the sector faces serious challenges in the coming years. To meet these challenges, it will require massive investment – as well as high levels of innovation across entire organisations.

From strategic thinking to the kinds of vehicle mounted access platforms used onsite, every aspect of the power sector’s operations will have to be optimised. In order to do that, organisations must understand the challenge – and opportunities – that they face.

In this report, we explore four key trends that will define 2022 and beyond.

1. Decarbonisation difficulties

Climate crisis is amongst the most urgent challenges of our time and as a raft of new policies seeks to encourage action, companies in the energy sector will feel the pressure to transition away from reliance on fossil fuels.

The UK government has pledged to achieve a 78% reduction in economy-wide greenhouse-gas emissions by 2035², and whilst the UK has so far boasted the world’s fastest decarbonisation campaign³, 40% of energy still comes from fossil fuels – meaning serious challenges lay ahead.

It’s not just about replacing fossil fuels

As the economy decarbonises, energy will still be required in huge quantities. In fact, experts project a massive increase in electricity demand – with an overall increase of 2% each year for next the two decades

The decarbonisation effort will involve a shift towards things like electric vehicles and electric heat pumps in homes, and while these will enable a radical decrease in emissions, they will also require a far greater quantity of electricity.

This means decarbonisation is not simply a matter of replacing fossil fuels, but finding scalable, reliable, ecologically viable and affordable ways to meet a 56% increase in demand for electricity.

2. Renewable innovation

We should expect renewables to play a significant role in this puzzle. In 2020, the UK’s wind and solar usage hit a historic high – producing 43% of the country’s total electricity. However, in order to scale up to meet demand, these power sources will require both huge investment and significant innovation.

Part of the challenge is building a new type of infrastructure. Slow planning consent and insufficient grid infrastructure, has led many in the power sector to feel increasing frustration that logistical difficulties are keeping them from properly embracing renewables.

Many believe the situation is more severe, and requires a wholesale redesign of the energy market in order to enable things like distributed energy-source integration, demand-side response and more flexible power services. This will require organisations to coordinate their efforts – with some calling for a whole new industry body to be formed, to oversee the efforts.

Extreme investment is needed

Current estimates suggest it will cost roughly £200 billion to achieve a truly renewable-powered economy – and investment will have to reach £50 billion a year by 2030 to meet current targets and demand projections

But innovation should simply be focused on the form of energy or infrastructure. Instead, as McKinsey has compellingly argued, power sector organisations should meet their current challenges as opportunities.

Innovation should be baked into everything organisations do, from supply chain formation to ensuring your fleet vehicles are kept fully compliant  – unlocking huge gains across the entire value chain¹⁰.

3. Cost increases

As the power sector looks to make the shifts we explored above, it must also address ongoing price pressures which threaten to produce serious economic problems. The UK’ energy price cap increased by a record-breaking 54% in April of this year¹¹, and this inflationary pressure shows no signs of abating.

This is the product of a “perfect storm” of factors, leading to global wholesale energy prices to increase. Stored gas levels are much lower than normal, after unexpectedly high usage in the winter. Simultaneously, there has been a decrease in gas impacts from Russia¹².

The result is expected to be an increase of roughly £700 to the average household’s annual energy bill¹³, and with widespread fears of such inflation leading to severe economic turmoil, the power sector will feel pressure to manage supply chain challenges and keep inflation at a manageable level.

Consumers aren’t the only ones feeling the pressure

The result is expected to be an increase of roughly £700 to the average household’s annual While the impact on the cost of living has received the most publicity, individual consumers are far from alone in this. Businesses are also feeling the burn of fuel cost increases, with new legislation causing the price of red diesel to virtually double, and forcing businesses to either adapt their fuel usage or incur four figure increase in their overheads¹⁴.

4. Geopolitical change

In recent years, Western countries have become increasingly reliant on imported energy. In 2020, the European Union’s import dependency rate stood at 57.5% in 2020¹⁵. This creates a profound vulnerability to sudden shifts in price – such as the oil shocks of the 1970s – or geopolitical changes.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has had a dramatic impact on virtually all areas of Western economies, as businesses almost unanimously agreed to cut ties with the aggressor. This now means the power sector faces a more complex challenge in this regard, as the severe risk involved in Europe’s reliance on Russian power has been revealed.

While the UK doesn’t directly rely on Russia in this regard, the global power market will be seriously impacted – and this will have serious consequences for Britain. Gas bills are expected to rise £600 more than otherwise projected, adding further pressure to the price increases explored above¹⁶.

This must lead to widespread change

The overarching trend here is not the short-term impact but the message it sends to the power sector: reliance on international trade is a far greater liability than previously assumed. We should expect to see Western countries taking this hint to become more self-sufficient in the coming years. Many claim that this is the perfect time to make such a transition: the demands of a more ecologically viable power system necessitate a less globalised network.

1.https://www.energy-uk.org.uk/energy-industry/energy-in-the-uk.html
2.https://www.world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-commits-to-decarbonise-electricity-system-by-20#:~:text=The%20UK%20government%20has%20announced,volatile%20global%20wholesale%20energy%20prices
3.https://www.smart-energy.com/policy-regulation/uk-energy-sector-has-fastest-rate-of-decarbonisation-in-the-world/
4.https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/oct/05/the-uk-2035-net-zero-electricity-target-how-could-it-be-achieved
5.https://www.mckinsey.com/industries/electric-power-and-natural-gas/our-insights/facing-the-future-net-zero-and-the-uk-electricity-sector
6.https://www.mckinsey.com/industries/electric-power-and-natural-gas/our-insights/facing-the-future-net-zero-and-the-uk-electricity-sector
7.https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/oct/05/the-uk-2035-net-zero-electricity-target-how-could-it-be-achieved
8.https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/oct/05/the-uk-2035-net-zero-electricity-target-how-could-it-be-achieved
9.https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/oct/05/the-uk-2035-net-zero-electricity-target-how-could-it-be-achieved
10.https://www.mckinsey.com/industries/electric-power-and-natural-gas/our-insights/facing-the-future-net-zero-and-the-uk-electricity-sector
11.https://edition.cnn.com/2022/04/01/business/energy-prices-uk/index.html#:~:text=About%2022%20million%20households%20will,charge%20per%20unit%20of%20energy
12.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-58558645#:~:text=Households%20are%20facing%20a%20steep,being%20passed%20onto%20the%20consumer
13.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-58090533
14.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-60900755
15.https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statistics-explained/index.php?title=Energy_statistics_-_an_overview
16.https://eciu.net/analysis/briefings/uk-energy-policies-and-prices/briefing-ukraine-conflict-and-impacts-on-uk-energy

How Businesses Can Respond to the Semiconductor Chip Shortages

Global semiconductor chip shortages have already had a disastrous impact for buyers, with prices rising by as much as 20%¹. But the problem is far from resolved.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has now further exacerbated shortages, which has led many manufacturers to close their order books – creating extremely long lead times for new vehicles.

How Russia’s war is worsening shortages

Russia’s attack on Ukraine has led to severe financial sanctions and new supply chain challenges. For semiconductor makers, it has disrupted the production and shipping of two vital manufacturing components. 

The first is Neon gas. Historically, it has been used to feed the lasers that print minute circuitry onto silicon. But around half the world’s semiconductor grade neon gas is produced by two Ukrainian companies and with the current situation, they have both halted operations – creating a sudden global shortage of the gas².

The second is metal palladium – a vital component in the later manufacturing stages of semiconductor chips. Roughly one third of the world’s palladium comes from Russia³, dealing another blow to the supply chain necessary for chips to be produced.

What effect will this have?

The consequences of the situation are already being felt. Within a week of Russia’s invasion, palladium prices hit an all-time high due to disrupted shipments. But this will only be the beginning. 

With supply chains disrupted and prices soaring, new vehicles are already in short supply and lead times are getting longer. As a result, we are seeing extortionate price hikes on used, unreliable vehicles which can be detrimental to businesses.

Contractors are likely feeling pressure to overspend in order to maintain an effective fleet. However, there is another way around the problem.

Access Hire at Kelling Group Logo

How Access Hire can help

Access Hire currently offers the UK’s largest fleet of Vehicle Mounted Access Platforms and other specialist vehicles. This means we are able to provide fully maintained Van Mounted and 4×4 Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs) across the entire country – despite the ongoing semiconductor shortages.

Not only that: we are able to offer shorter lead times than other industry players, along with 24/7 support to ensure your vehicles function flawlessly. And if you are planning in advance, we offer long-term leasing – so you can lock in vehicles for future projects.  

So if you would like to reduce lead times and secure brand-new access vehicles, reach out to our sales team today.

1.https://www.z2data.com/insights/semiconductor-price-increases-2021
2.https://www.reuters.com/technology/exclusive-ukraine-halts-half-worlds-neon-output-chips-clouding-outlook-2022-03-11/
3.https://www.livemint.com/technology/tech-news/chip-makers-stockpiled-key-materials-ahead-of-russian-invasion-of-ukraine-11647177268489.html
4.https://www.mining.com/web/palladium-price-hits-record-on-concerns-over-russian-supply-risks/

Access Hire Industry Insights: Four Key Trends for Telecommunications in 2022

Telecommunications is one of the UK’s most essential and fastest growing industries. But innovation has often been slowed by legacy infrastructure that is massively outdated and complex.

In the coming years, we will see these challenges finally resolved. The UK government has earmarked £5 billion for “Project Gigabit” – its attempt to ensure the expansion of high-quality broadband into hard-to-reach areas¹ – as well as a slew of further investments to promote innovation and security in the sector. 

Some estimate the cumulative impact of these projects could result in a £120 billion boost to the UK economy over the coming 15 years². Value will be produced at every step of the process, from hiring innovative access platforms to creating thousands of new jobs. 

In this report, we explore four key trends that will drive this growth in 2022.

Four telecoms trends in 2022

1. The 5G rollout

The expansion of 5G networks will accelerate during 2022, with EE claiming it will deliver 5G to 90% of the UK’s geographic area by 2028³. This looks increasingly plausible: UK comms regulator Ofcom says the number of 5G base stations in the UK doubled in 2021, with coverage now ‘outside 42-57% of premises,’ – and we should expect this number to grow rapidly. 

Much of this is thanks to the Government’s £200 million 5G Testbed and Trials programme. The government has made clear its intention to make the 5G roll out as widespread and impactful as possible – largely by “cutting red tape” to enable innovation. This includes simple factors like increasing competition, as well as more “out there” proposals, such as using “Street furniture” like lampposts as 5G towers.

Not only does 5G offer increased speed, reduced latency and greater reach – there are clear ESG benefits too. It is up to 90% more efficient than 4G in terms of energy consumption per unit of traffic (W/Mbps), and the ongoing rollout could produce huge energy gains across the country’s telecoms infrastructure.

But this is where the 5G rollout gets more complex

The reality is, providers will not be relying on 5G any time soon. Despite the rollout, networks will still need a robust 4G infrastructure for many years. While Vodafone will phase out 3G in 2023, it will continue to simultaneously invest in its 4G infrastructure – however fast 5G access expands.

Equally, 5G is not the only type of network most want access to. 45% of enterprise businesses are concurrently testing or deploying Wi-Fi 6 and 5G for their advanced wireless initiatives. Indeed, a recent Deloitte survey found that fully 98% of respondents expected their organisation would be using both technologies within three years. 

Perhaps tellingly, countries that report the highest levels of 5G pilots and deployments also report the highest levels of WI-FI 6 pilots.¹⁰

2. Major fibre projects

In November 2021, CityFibre announced that its full fibre infrastructure project –  in partnership with Vodafone – had been successfully deployed by more than one million homes.¹¹ But this is just the start. CityFibre expects the project to see full fibre-optic broadband deployed in 8 million homes by 2025 – creating 4,000 jobs in the process.¹² 

There is competition though. In may 2021, Openreach set a goal to reach 25 million with fibre-optic broadband by 2026 – with plans to reach 4 million new homes each year. Virgin Media soon followed suit, announcing its intention to upgrade its entire fixed network to full fibre by 2028.

These projects will be highly complex, requiring powered access equipment to successfully deploy the necessary infrastructure. But the net result will be a huge increase in both supply and demand. 

A report from the FTTH Council Europe predicted the total number of fibre subscriptions in the UK to increase to 18.5 million by 2026, with the overall penetration of fibre reaching 63.1%.¹³

Are targets too ambitious?

While the above figures are promising, the infrastructure required for such coverage will not be easy – requiring much strategic and technical support. The UK government has found this out the hard way. In a recent report, they were forced to break their manifesto pledge to achieve nationwide fibre coverage by 2025 – with the date now moved back to 2030.¹⁴

3. Reinforcing telecoms security

Following the passage of the Telecommunications Security Act last year, we should expect increased efforts to reinforce the security and safety of the UK’s telecoms networks. With increasingly powerful connectivity, the dangers of cyber attacks have intensified. Both the UK government and private companies are highly incentivised to ensure networks are maximally robust.

There will also be an important balance to strike between increasing security and ensuring efficient competition. The government has launched a £250 million initiative to build more competitive, innovative and diverse supply chains – reducing the reliance on a small handful of massive equipmark firms.¹⁵ However, this may create conflict between providers’ desire for security and their desire for economic efficiency.

The government has already enshrined a law to strip out ‘high-risk’ suppliers’ tech from networks,¹⁶ which will have a huge impact on security. But actioning this may not be so simple. BT has estimated that it will take 5 years and £500 million to remove Huawei technology from its networks.¹⁷

 

4. Focus on values

Overall, network performance is improving. Broadband and mobile complaints are down despite increased usage,¹⁸ and the various projects we’ve discussed thus far show how the telecoms sector is innovating. But that does not mean providers are safe from competition. 

64% of consumers are likely to switch phone providers within the next three years if telecoms don’t invest and act fast.¹⁹ This means there is growing pressure on companies to innovate -and clear rewards for those that are able to do so fast.

In the coming year and beyond, we expect to see telecom companies looking to go beyond providing great service. They will increasingly have to position themselves as adding extra value beyond the traditional bounds of telecoms – and this will ramp up significantly throughout 2022.

BT is a prime example: they recently declared that they would only back “responsible tech” in the future, with an emphasis on climate change, diversity and inclusions.²⁰ This will run through their entire business, informing everything from the access platforms they lease to their commitment to a circular economy model.

While other businesses may take differing approaches, the takeaway is clear: telecoms companies must increasingly be more than just telecoms companies in order to survive.

1.https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-launches-new-5bn-project-gigabit
2.https://telecoms.com/opinion/embracing-government-incentives-how-can-telcos-innovate-beyond-the-bare-minimum/
3.https://www.techradar.com/uk/news/ee-promises-to-cover-90-of-uk-with-5g-by-2028
4.https://telecoms.com/512667/ofcom-reckons-around-half-of-the-uk-population-is-now-covered-by-5g-sort-of
5.https://www.gov.uk/guidance/5g-testbeds-and-trials-programme
6.https://telecoms.com/513387/uk-government-moves-to-improve-telco-access-to-street-furniture/
7.https://www.ericsson.com/en/blog/3/2021/1/achieving-sustainability-with-energy-efficiency-in-5g-networks
8. https://telecoms.com/513093/vodafone-uk-will-start-switching-off-3g-next-year/
9. https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/tw/Documents/technology-media-telecommunications/rp20211228-2022-tmt-trend.pdf
10. https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/tw/Documents/technology-media-telecommunications/rp20211228-2022-tmt-trend.pdf
11. https://www.cityfibre.com/news/vodafone-anchors-cityfibres-nationwide-full-fibre-rollout-to-8-million-homes/
12. https://news.yahoo.com/openreach-creates-4-000-jobs-000324197.html
13. https://www.ftthcouncil.eu/knowledge-centre/all-publications-and-assets/246/ftth-forecast-for-europe-market-forecasts-2021-2026
14. https://www.techradar.com/uk/news/uk-government-pushes-back-full-fibre-coverage-target-to-2030
15. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/5g-supply-chain-diversification-strategy/5g-supply-chain-diversification-strategy
16. https://www.computerweekly.com/news/252509705/UK-government-enshrines-law-to-strip-out-high-risk-suppliers-tech-from-networks
17. https://www.computerweekly.com/news/252477617/BT-to-take-half-billion-pound-hit-on-Huawei-kit-replacement
18.https://telecoms.com/513348/ofcom-says-broadband-and-mobile-complaints-are-down-across-the-board/
19.https://www.cityam.com/qa-what-are-the-big-lessons-for-telecoms-looking-into-2022/
20.https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/19910879.bt-commits-responsible-tech-greener-future/

LCV Technician in Normanton

Kelling Group Access Hire Maintenance

Job Function: Responsible for Workshop maintaining vehicles, carrying out inspections, repairs and services.

Reporting to: Depot Manager.

Liaising with: Logistic Supervisor, Hire Desk, Vehicle Mechanics, Hoist Engineers, Drivers and all other Head Office Staff.

The ideal candidate must be confident and able to carry out vehicle diagnostics using a range of diagnostic equipment and also prepare vehicles for MOT test.

Responsibilities:

· Carry out routine maintenance and repairs on all types of vehicles.

· Inspect, diagnose and rectify any mechanical and electrical faults.

· Repair or replace broken or defective parts.

· Attend breakdowns on site, fault diagnosis and correct rectification.

· Correctly process all jobs on the works handheld tablet to include the allocation of labor and any parts used.

· Process any parts requirements and support the optimum parts stock level system.

· Be diligent and report any potential customer recharges to the Depot Manager and via the handheld tablet.

· Provide back-up support in other areas within the business.

· Ensure that the company’s health and safety policy and procedures are adhered to in relation to site operations.

· Be an ambassador for the company, ensuring a polite, friendly and professional manner at all times.

· Follow company’s Employee handbook policies and procedures.

· Any other duties requested by your Manager.

Requirements:

· Minimum 2 years’ experience as an LCV Technician.

· NVQ Level 3 qualification in Light Vehicle Mechanics, Maintenance Repair.

· Experience in carrying out diagnostic repairs and fault finding.

· A full current driving license.

· Ability to prioritise tasks, work well under pressure and to strict deadlines.

· Awareness and understanding of health and safety requirements.

· Good professionalism and ability to work as part of a team.

Three Reasons Apprenticeships Are Essential For the Workforce of the Future

The tradition of apprenticeships goes back hundreds of years, and has been integral to the development of a healthy workforce, but with recent government figures suggesting the number of young people starting apprenticeships has plummeted in the last year¹, it appears that tradition is at risk of fading away.

At Access Hire, we have a proud history of taking on apprentices. So to honour National Apprenticeship Week, we felt we should speak up and explain exactly why such programmes are important for employers and apprentices alike.

Here are three reasons apprenticeships are essential for the workforce of the future:

1. Developing skills

Apprenticeships provide young, relatively inexperienced workers the opportunity to develop their skills. They are able to hone techniques, build expertise and learn from mentors that truly understand what is required to work professionally in a particular field.

The net result is increased quality of work and a level of service which can only come from extended, disciplined training. According to research, the average employer using an apprenticeship scheme sees their investment returned within 6 months – and an ROI of 150% is very common².

2. Improved prospects

The opportunities an apprenticeship scheme provides can be transformative. Getting into technical fields may be daunting, but apprenticeships open doors. In fact, individuals that complete an apprenticeship scheme see an average salary premium of 32%³.

Ultimately, this has lasting implications for personal and professional wellbeing. Not only does it help the apprentice – it helps promote a sense of positivity within the entire workforce.

3. Preparing employers for the future

Apprenticeships are a great way for employers to create relationships with a new generation of talent, and help mould them into the kind of mature employees they want in the future. This helps employers understand what to expect from the workforce of the future – and prepare for it.

Apprenticeships ultimately ensure businesses can continue to deliver the highest possible value to customers. And at Access Hire, we believe that should be at the centre of every decision a business makes.

1.https://www.peoplemanagement.co.uk/news/articles/apprenticeship-starts-plummet-by-a-fifth-since-last-year#gref
2.https://www.fenews.co.uk/exclusive/where-s-the-data-does-the-uk-really-know-why-apprenticeships-matter-to-the-economy-and-people/
3.https://www.fenews.co.uk/exclusive/where-s-the-data-does-the-uk-really-know-why-apprenticeships-matter-to-the-economy-and-people/

How to Get More Value From Your Vehicle Mounted Access Platforms (VMAP) in 2022

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Mental health and wellbeing is a serious problem in construction: everybody knows this.

2022 is set to be another big year for infrastructure projects and Access Hire. But with uncertainty around the economy and on-going questions as to the future of the pandemic, it’s vital that contractors make the most efficient use of their budgets. 

Vehicle Mounted Access Platforms are vital for many infrastructure projects, but there are better and worse ways to source, operate and manage your fleet. 

In this article, we explore four ways which may help infrastructure projects get the maximum value out of their Vehicle Mounted Access Platforms in 2022:

1. Modernise your fleet

Many businesses refuse to upgrade their vehicles under the assumption that it will be too costly to enlist a more modern fleet. But in reality, the costs of improving the Vehicle Mounted Access Platforms you use are far less than the costs of relying on a fleet that is no longer fit for purpose.

Ultimately, modern vehicles run more smoothly – reducing the likelihood of disruption and ensuring your team can stay on schedule.

2. Focus on fuel efficiency

It may seem a relatively small factor, but fuel efficiency can have a big impact on both the environmental and financial results of your project. 

Older vehicles tend to require more fuel – as well as more frequent maintenance. This means they produce higher emissions and cost more to run.
Our fleet of Vehicle Mounted Access Platforms are designed to be maximally fuel-efficient. Not only will they save you money and improve your project’s environmental credentials – they are also less hassle to run.

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3. Outsource support and maintenance

Vehicle Mounted Access Platforms require regular maintenance, to ensure they run smoothly and do not cause disruption to your project. But there are still more and less efficient ways to go about undertaking this maintenance.

The best option is to source your vehicles from a provider that includes full support and maintenance in their access vehicle hiring agreement. This will ensure that not only is maintenance and support taken care of – it never even has to cross your mind.

 

4. Try leasing your access vehicle

Many businesses assume that there are only two options when sourcing Vehicle Mounted Access Platforms – to buy your own fleet outright or to hire VMAPs.. But there is actually a third option, which offers some of the benefits of both – access vehicle lease.

By leasing, you may be able to improve your fleet in a way that suits your budget better; it may also help you manage your finances more effectively over the course of a project. Ultimately, it could help you extract even greater value from your access vehicles this year.

Looking to modernise your VMAP fleet? Contact our support team today.