SELECT joins name for electricians to participate in second session on regulation

SELECT endorses the demand that electricians take part in the second consultation on regulation

According to SELECT, only government legislation can provide “comfort and safety” to electricity company customers as it has asked electricians to take part in a second industry regulation consultation.

Alan Wilson

The Construction Federation invites members and the industry to share their views in the recent call for feedback launched by Jamie Hepburn MSP, the Minister for the Economy, Fair Work and Skills.

The consultation panel said the consultation reflected the strength of sentiment within the sector after an initial consultation by conservative MSP Jamie Halcro Johnston closed with more than 140 submissions last November – more than 90% of which were positive.

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 submit to 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.”

Mr Wilson said that any real and effective change needs to be underpinned by legislation, adding that voluntary regimes have never addressed the problem of dangerous and poor work often done by unskilled or partially qualified people.

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. Any real and effective change must be backed up by legislation. Maintaining the status quo is not an option.

“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 Scottish Joint Industry Board (SJIB) 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.

“After all, there is overwhelming evidence that the public already believes the profession is regulated when, of course, it is not. People are really surprised when they are told that you don’t need any formal qualifications to call yourself an electrician. All of the survey results indicate, and a strong public demand, that electricians should be trained in the interests of consumer safety. “

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