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Over 12,500 electricians needed across the UK for new technology skills demand

A new labour market report on the electrotechnical industry has estimated that between 12,500 and 15,000 additional skilled electricians will be needed across the UK over the next five years to accommodate forecasted growth. Within this figure, the research suggests that even if an extra 5000 new apprentices qualified by 2023 (representing a 33% increase), … Continued

New energy efficiency programme will present big opportunities for contractors

Energy efficiency has been designated a national infrastructure priority by the Scottish Government and through the new Energy Efficient Scotland Programme there will be a concerted effort to encourage people to improve the efficiency of their properties. Ian Cuthbert, Sustainable Energy Supply Chain Programme Manager from the Energy Saving Trust said that it was estimated that up to … Continued

Book now for Toolbox Talks 2019

The SELECT Toolbox Talks Tour is about to go on the road. One of our most keenly anticipated events is once again gearing up to visit SELECT members across the country. Twelve venues, from the Islands to the Borders, will be the focus point for technical presentations dealing with up-to-the-minute matters of interest to the … Continued

SELECT welcomes Bill to Regulate Electricians

Introduction of a Member’s Bill aimed at regulating the profession of electricians has been welcomed by SELECT. Last week, Scottish Conservative MSP Jamie Halcro Johnston began the process by introducing a Member’s Bill to the Scottish Parliament as a first step towards the regulating the profession of electrician. Alan Wilson, Acting Managing Director at SELECT, … Continued

Scottish Government announces funding to prepare for Brexit

The Brexit Support Grant, administered by Scottish Enterprise, is available to help small and medium sized businesses manage a wide range of Brexit impacts with funding of up to £4000 each. The grant, previously only open to exporters, is now available to SME’s in Scotland for a wider variety of Brexit preparation. The grant can … Continued

Security challenge heats up for engineers of tomorrow

Electronic Fire and Security apprentices nearing the end of their training have showcased their skills in a three-day competition at New College Lanarkshire. Forty third-year Modern Apprentices took part in the Security Skills Challenge at the college’s Kirkintilloch Campus. The challenge was designed as a real-life scenario in which students use the skills and knowledge … Continued

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.