Electricians urged to participate in session aiming to extend security

ELECTRICS are encouraged to attend a second consultation to reduce poor workmanship as well as rogue trading.

A consultation was chaired by the conservative MSP Jamie Halcro Johnston last November.

Workers are now being asked to participate in the consultation by industry leaders, with some claiming that only government legislation can provide comfort and security to customers.

Alan Wilson, CEO of SELECT

Scotland’s largest building trade association, SELECT, invites members and industry stakeholders to share their views.

The consulation was launched by Jamie Hepburn, MSP, Minister for the Economy, Fair Work and Skills.

The consultation is the newest phase in SELECTs long term campaign with other leading industry associations.

Another industry organization is the Scottish Electrical Charitable Training Trust (SECTT) and the SJIB to ensure that those who work in the industry do so in a safe and competent manner.

Alan Wilson, CEO of SELECT, said: “This is another great opportunity for the industry to participate in and shape the future and another chance for Scotland to show that we are committed to customer comfort and safety.

“We urge all interested parties to undergo this final consultation before it ends on February 12th.

“You can also submit a letter in support of our own letter which we will submit shortly.”

In SELECT’s letter to the consultation, he said: “The construction industry is littered with systems that operate on a voluntary basis and while we would all like to imagine that such an approach would make a difference, there is no evidence that this form the approach always works.

“The Scottish Government needs to put in place a package of measures that must include the protection of property.

“Establishing a single registry based on the existing SJIB (Scottish Joint Industry Board) model would provide a customer with the convenience and security of knowing that someone who calls themselves an electrician is qualified and competent.”

After the initial consultation last year, Mr Halcro Johnston is now preparing to table a Holyrood member bill setting out the full case of regulation.

And Mr. Wilson added, “There is a strong economic case for legislation. Scotland is investing £ 1.6 billion in decarbonising heat in buildings over the next five years and it makes sense that those running this program are trained, qualified and competent.

“But there is also a social side. The protection of property and the electrician’s role as a profession will lead to greater interest in the industry and more opportunities for women and ethnic minorities to join it, which would be a significant benefit for all of us.

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