We just have to clear this up; we seem to get a lot of criticism on social media – who do they think they are? etc. People accusing us of this and that. Some people don’t like change, some people don’t like others raising standards, some don’t want a regulator – we actually think a regulator for the industry would be a good idea, but it’s not us. That’s not what we are trying to achieve.
Just to be clear. PATTA is NOT a regulator, nor does intend to be. PATTA gets a lot of stick on social media channels because it doesn’t accredit, inspect or regulate its members; that’s because we don’t need to. PATTA is not a regulator, and is not currently trying to be; we have not set up PATTA to be a regulator or to become one and we don’t need to regulate members. What we do we can do with or without members, although we would always prefer to have members backing us and supporting us.
PATTA is a group of people providing a voice for the small businesses opertating in our industry because we feel that that is important and necessary.
Those same people that slate us are the ones we are trying to help; but we can’t help them if they are not prepared to help themselves a little bit. PATTA isn’t about getting hundreds of members or to make money, we’re doing this for the good of our industry and members should want to be involved or want to support what we are doing – our members have standards of their own and they agree to our working standards.
We all have a vested interest in PATTA proving a success because we all have PAT testing businesses; we wouldn’t do it otherwise.
But we are not here to regulate; we volunteer our time to do this – we don’t take a wage out of the business, only costs are covered. The benefit to us is our industry, our companies, the job we do, being taken seriously.
If you want to compare us to something, plenty do, don’t compare us to the NICEIC or NAPIT, as that is not what we are about, compare us to the e5 group, who are probably the closest the electrical industry has to what we are.