Dubai – MENA Herald: Leading total facilities management company, Farnek, has become the first solely-based UAE home maintenance and commercial facilities management company to be awarded accreditation by the UK’s National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC).
NICEIC, the UK’s leading voluntary authority for electricians, has awarded Farnek ‘Approved Contractor’ status in recognition of the technical ability of the company’s highly competent workforce of the technical ability of the company’s highly competent workforce of technicians, stringent health and safety procedures, extensive risk assessment undertakings and various training programs
“International best practice is a major priority for all of the work we undertake. Through ongoing employee training schemes, we are able to ensure our workforce not only meets these high standards but has the know-how to exceed them,” said Markus Oberlin, CEO, Farnek.
“NICEIC accreditation embodies our commitment to provide high quality services and gives our customers and clients the confidence to know that electrical work is carried out to the highest technical standards by a reputable and reliable company,” he added.
Owned by Certsure LLP, NICEIC provides certification to a number of firms from a broad range of sectors by providing training, technical advice, certification and information on the latest industry trends.
“NICEIC has been assessing the electrical competence of electricians in the UK for nearly sixty years and currently maintains more than 26,000 registered contractors. We are delighted to work with Farnek in Dubai, to promote safety and electrical inspection on many levels and bring these high standards, through cooperation, to a range of private companies and government entities in the UAE and the Middle East,” said Emma Clancy, CEO of Certsure.
Farnek underwent a rigorous assessment process conducted by a UK-based NICEIC qualified engineer, who evaluated several examples of electrical work completed by Farnek. He also checked that all documentation was accurate, up-to-date and filed appropriately, all equipment was maintained and of a high standard and that all supervisory staff were trained and have the relevant qualifications and experience.
“In order to ensure ongoing high-levels of service, we regularly re-assess thousands of contractors to guarantee standards remain at the levels customers of NICEIC contractors have come to expect,” added Clancy.
Adding to Farnek’s expanding award cabinet, the NICEIC accolade follows hard on the heels of accreditations from another UK-based authority, The British Institute of Cleaning Services (BICSc). Farnek now has eight members of staff with this sought after cleaning certification, in recognition of providing the most advanced, comprehensive and stringent set of standards within the cleaning industry.
Farnek ensures a systematic and measurable approach to excellence being a member of the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) and adopting their excellence fundamentals. Farnek also complies with the standards set out in ISO 9001, OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001, required for Integrated Management Systems (IMS).
“Training is the cornerstone of our business strategy. With over 3,500 staff it is essential that we develop and empower our employees to recognise, understand and conform to these international standards and industry best practice,” said Robert Rees, Training and Development Manager, Farnek.
“To achieve this objective, Farnek has invested in state-of-the-art training facilities at our Dubai headquarters, where we can share theoretical knowledge and offer practical hands-on instruction and advice,” added Rees.
With over 35 years of experience in the region, Farnek’s portfolio has gone from strength-to-strength and now includes contracts across three emirates with prestigious clients including the Burj Khalifa, The Dubai Mall, both Abu Dhabi and Dubai International Airports, the luxury mixed-use City Walk community, and Etihad Airways and Emirates Airline.
Recognised as Overall FM Company of the Year and for CSR Initiative of the Year at the 2015 Facilities Management Middle East Awards, Farnek was also named Green FM Company of the Year in the Middle East in 2012, 2014 and 2015.