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[ Spotlight: Training and skills ]


Can you manage?


What does it take to run a thriving firm in this industry? More than a large order book, says Iain Macdonald, head of ECA Education and Training


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irms operating in the electrical contracting industry may recruit excellent technical skills, but can often lack the management skills required to sustain and grow the business. It’s


certainly important for contracting companies to worry about skills that might affect their quality of work, but in this industry a firm can’t run on electrical expertise alone. Good business skills are what will allow a company to perform well, and give it a real chance of increasing its profitability as time passes.


A must for any business Recent ECA research1


carried out into the attitude of


electrical contracting companies to training, revealed a lack of understanding of the value that proper planning and skills development brings to the business. A failure to invest in acquiring these crucial business


On course: participants working on the ECA Management Development Programme


skills means the industry will face a shortage of management know-how in years to come. Some firms won’t survive because, without adequate capability in this area, attention to the direction of the business and


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