Opening up the conversation about the topics which affect our industry including mental health, physical health, the importance of our wellbeing and much more is the aim of the Electrical Industries Charity’s podcast which was launched earlier this year.
So far the podcast has addressed the issue of financial distress and featured John who has worked in the electrical and IT industry since his teenage years in several organisations before starting his own electrical business. John experienced emotional and financial hardship throughout the years, and in the podcast episode he talks about his experience of ‘suffering in silence and financial distress’, what he has learned, what needs to change and how the EIC has been able to help him.
Another topic in the podcast series discuss how companies can help the Charity support more industry members in need by signing up to a Commercial Agreement (CA). CA is an agreement between a business and the Electrical Industries Charity which gives a portion of the sales from a product or product range as a donation to the Charity to support sector colleagues. The goal of the programme isn’t to increase the cost to the end users but for the organisations to take part in giving back to the industry through the entire supply chain.
Understanding the effect which the pandemic had on the EIC led Niglon, an electrical wholesaler based in the West Midlands, to sign up to become a CA partner. As a family run business Niglon has family values at its core and during the pandemic these values helped to safeguard their own employees. By signing up to become a CA partner they are extending these values into the whole industry and as a result helping the EIC to continue the work it does to support those in the industry who need their help.
In the podcast ‘What if helping your industry was as simple as selling a switch?’, Commercial Director Paul Dawson explains more about their aim to raise £50,000 by donating a percentage of their sales from wiring accessories to the Electrical Industries Charity.
You can listen to the Electrical Industries Charity podcast and the episode with Paul Dawson by tuning into the podcast channel here
The Electrical Industries Charity are an industry charity for industry people which provides support for thousands of sector colleagues from the electrical and energy industry every year through their free and confidential support line.
The Charity exists to look after people when they or their families need a hand up – big or small because they know that regardless of age or circumstances, people encounter family or relationship problems; financial or legal worries; emotional or mental health problems and ill health or disability. When this happens the pressure can become overwhelming and the impact can be devastating for the individual and their family. The Electrical Industries Charity is there to help, providing the practical support people need to get back on their feet.
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