The brief

Electricity Alliance East required teams of electrical and mechanical installation staff and National Grid ‘competent persons’ to work on the refurbishment of the cable cooling system between a number of substations.

The Extra High Voltage (EHV) cables were buried in troughs under London canal towpaths. The challenges included difficult access, environmental considerations and interface requirements with the existing monitoring systems. Numerous legislative, grid and borough council regulations needed to be adhered to in addition to standard grid site working.

What we did

Resourcing Solutions sourced a number of the teams and also ensured that all our workers had above the required National Grid competence to perform duties at site, including ‘Confined Spaces’ and ‘First Aid at Work’ training.

This enabled more work sites to be accessed in shorter timescales. We also compiled an anonymous continual improvement survey for the client, questioning each worker on planning, material availability, other logistics, supervision, management and welfare for continual improvement of the project and to ensure efficiency was maintained or increased on other sites.

To identify the right candidates, we searched our own internal database for candidates, keeping costs to a minimum. We identified those candidates who were already trained in confined spaces and FAAW (First Aid at Work) qualified.

We used industry-specific job boards to attract candidates. Those that were suitable were then qualified using our robust recruitment process.

The result

At peak we had 17 workers across multiple worksites working for the clients involved in the Electricity Alliance. Resourcing Solutions has continued to support cable cooling in London and surrounding areas ever since.

If you would like to talk to us about your installation recruitment needs, please call either Kenny Burton on 0118 932 0100 or email