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Praise for Scottish Government as it lowers PBA threshold

The Scottish Government has just announced that the threshold for using project bank accounts (PBAs) has reduced to £2 million (from £4.1 million). Since 31 October 2016 PBAs have been mandated for use by Scottish Government bodies. As from 19 March 2019 public bodies must include a PBA in tender documents for public works contracts … Continued

Internal staff changes enhance SELECT’s benefits to members

SELECT is making changes to its Membership and Communications function through some internal promotions. Natalie Burke, Yvonne Wilson, and Diane Hales have all been appointed from within the organisation. Alan Wilson, SELECT’s acting MD, said: “SELECT has always believed in fostering the abundant talent in both the organisation and the electrotechnical sector generally. I know … Continued

Regulation of Electricians – A Call for Evidence

As you will know SELECT along with a number of partner organisations including The SJIB and Unite the Union has been lobbying the Scottish Government to introduce Protection of Title for electricians. This would make it an offence for someone to call themselves an electrician if they were not qualified. To consider the case for … Continued

SELECT Deliver 18th Edition Training Courses

SELECT has been around Scotland this week delivering the first set of 18th Edition training course to 88 delegates. All courses have received great feedback. To book a place call the training team on 0131 445 5577 for more information.

SELECT welcomes Scottish Government consultation on retentions

SELECT has welcomed moves by the Scottish Government to take action on one of the industry’s main problem areas – cash retentions. A public consultation on the use of retentions in construction contracts will take place in spring 2019. This will be in advance of any announcement on the matter in the Westminster parliament. The … Continued

SELECT ramps up number of EV charging points at its HQ

As the electric vehicle revolution gathers pace, SELECT has lead by example by ramping up the installation of EV charging points at its headquarters. We have added another four fast charge spaces at the Walled Garden, bringing the total number to six and we plan to install more in the near future, including rapid points … Continued

SELECT’s radio campaign reinforces the importance of using qualified electricians

SELECT will emphasise its message of regulating the industry with a hard-hitting week of nationwide advertising.  From Saturday 19th January, we will be undertaking a Scotland wide radio advertising campaign to highlight the need to regulate the industry and to warn of the dangers of allowing unqualified people to carry out electrical work. The campaign is being run … Continued

Bogus manuals are putting safety at risk

The ongoing threat of poor and potentially dangerous electrical work has been highlighted once again by SELECT as it has been revealed that counterfeit copies of the new 18th edition of the wiring regulations are being offered for sale. Bogus PDF copies of BS7671:2018, the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) Wiring Regulations, could be … Continued

Apprentice winners recognised by Scottish Minister

  L to R, Fiona Harper, The Secretary of the SJIB, Jamie Hepburn, Stephen Berry, Blair Hendry, Elyse McBride, Jock Simpson, Chair of the SJIB and Gary Mason from Edmundson Electrical (Sponsors).          At a recent event held in the Holyrood hotel, Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Business, Fair Work & Skills, presented awards to the three finalists … Continued

SELECT past president Jim McArthur

SELECT is sorry to announce that one of its past presidents, Jim McArthur has lost his long fight against a terminal illness recently. Jim was SELECT President between 1997 and 1999 and also served as chairman of the Lanarkshire branch of SELECT. Jim was the founder of Weir & McQuiston, which his son Gordon now runs. The thoughts of all at … Continued