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BusinessScots trade association attracts major backing in industry regulation campaign

Scots trade association attracts major backing in industry regulation campaign

A SCOTS trade association has attracted major backing for its campaign for the regulation of the electrical industry.

SELECT – Scotland’s largest construction trade association – has attracted the backing of two major industry organisations, along with four MSPs adding their names to the trade association’s Wall of Support.

The Lift and Escalator Industry Association (LEIA) and Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) have both signed up to the online resource, which shows those supporting the crusade for regulation of the electrical industry.

They have been joined by a quartet of Conservative MSPs who added a virtual ‘brick’ to the wall at their recent party conference at the P&J Live venue in Aberdeen.

(L-R) Eric Rae from SELECT with Maurice Golden MSP.
Maurice Golden (R) is one of the MSPs to have added their names to the Wall of Support.

The new Conservative signatories include Maurice Golden and his fellow North East Scotland MSP Tess White, who is also Junior Whip and Shadow Minister for Just Transition, Employment and Fair Work.

Others adding their names are two MSPs for West Scotland – Shadow Minister for Community Safety, Russell Findlay and Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Jamie Greene.

SELECT’s campaign, run in partnership with the Scottish Joint Industry Board, the Scottish Electrical Charitable Training Trust and Unite the Union, aims to make it an offence for someone to call themselves an electrician when they have no, or inadequate, qualifications.

The Scottish Government has set up an Electricians Working Group to explore the issue and two high-profile consultations on regulation have also taken place, both of which have overwhelmingly supported statutory regulation.

The MSPs were recruited to the cause after SELECT’s Specifier & Client Relations Manager Yvonne Wilson spent two days speaking to politicians, party officials and delegates at the conference on the 18th and 19th March.

She was aided at the exhibition by Eric Rae, Vice-Chair of SELECT’s Aberdeen & North East Scotland Branch.

Yvonne said: “The conference was a big success and gave us the opportunity to speak to MSPs face-to-face again and explain the importance of regulation.

“It was great to be able to outline the case for protection of title in person and receive further backing in return.”

The new additions mean the Wall of Support now boasts 49 MSPs and two MPs from across the political spectrum, in addition to a host of high-profile industry organisations and SELECT Member firms who have pledged their backing.

One such new addition is FETA, whose Chief Executive Chris Yates said: “As we see greater use of renewables such as solar and heat pumps, poor quality electrical work carries huge risks to people’s homes, their businesses and even their lives.

“It is therefore vitally important that consumers are helped to make informed choices whenever they employ an electrician.”

LEIA also became recent signatories, with Managing Director Nick Mellor saying: “We share SELECT’s objective of improving safety and raising standards in the construction industry.

“We therefore support SELECT’s campaign to regulate electricians by introducing protection of title for the profession of electrician.”

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