Apprentices in demand

he Scottish Electrical Charitable Training Trust (SECTT) and Scottish Joint Industry Board (SJIB) have saluted Scotland’s employers after a record number of apprentices were welcomed

into the electrical sector. A total of 738 new entrants to the industry were recruited in 2021, confounding fears that recruitment could be a casualty of the ongoing eff ects of the COVID-19 pandemic. SECTT says the new cohort exceeded all expectations, being nearly 50% up on 2020 and in excess of the 700 which would be closer to a normal year’s intake. Anne Galbraith, CEO of SECTT, said: “This really has been a remarkable year. We took on 500 apprentices in 2020 and we are taking on a further 738 starting in the autumn of 2021. In a normal year, I would expect to take approximately 700 new starts, so this year has exceeded expectations already. In addition, nearly

Colleagues recently

congratulated John Gillespie after he celebrated 30 years with SECTT on 24 June. As a key part of the

administration team, John provides essential support to training offi cers,

apprentices, colleges and employers, delivering vital information and dealing with a range of queries on a daily basis. SECTT CEO Anne

Galbraith said: “On behalf of everyone in the SECTT team, I’d

New top team is announced

SECTT marked its AGM with a new team at the top and a ringing affi rmation of the vital importance of apprenticeships to the future of the electrical contracting industry in Scotland. T e annual meeting elected Scott Foley, Regional Offi cer at

all colleges are full to capacity and SECTT is now exploring further opportunities for next year. “We would like to thank all employers who

have stepped up and taken on an apprentice this year. It shows a real commitment and a recognition that we need to train the electricians of the future now. “ Fiona Harper, The Secretary of the SJIB, added: “It is clear that the future is electric and becoming an electrician is evolving into an aspiration for many young people, which is the way it should be. “The industry as a whole is committed to the next generation of talent coming through, and employers are clearly supportive of creating a pool of highly trained, highly qualifi ed personnel to take their business and the sector forward.”

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like to thank John for all his hard work and dedication over the last three decades. “He has often been

commended on his excellent telephone manner and for going the extra mile to help. “Here’s to the next

30 years!”

Unite the Union, as its new Chair, with former SELECT President John Noble, Managing Director of John Noble Electrical Contractors, elected as Vice-Chair. Scott said: “I am extremely

honoured to take the Chair and great thanks are due to employers for their unwavering support and their continued faith in today’s young people."

John said: “I am also

delighted to take on this role with SECTT. T e apprentices of today are the people we will need tomorrow as the country transitions to net-zero carbon. "Properly trained and

qualifi ed professionals will reassure customers, improve safety, boost consumer confi dence and keep Scotland safe.”

John Gillespie


12 fi rms have become SELECT Members since 1 June 2021

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1. SWL Electrical, Invergordon

2. PM Electrical Perth, Perth 3. JCS Electrical, Livingston

4. S J Barker Electrical Ltd, Cumbernauld

5. Leading Electrical Solutions Ltd, Edinburgh

6. Energize Electrical Solutions, Glasgow

7. MacDonald Electrical, Lasswade

8. R W Baikie Electrical Services Ltd, Aboyne

9. Livingston Building Services Ltd, Livingston

10. Ian McDonald, Blairgowrie

11. DG Project Solutions Ltd, Lockerbie

12. Russell Joinery & Construction Ltd, Strathaven

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