Surge in aspiring electricians at Select

Numbers have risen by more than 100 compared with the intake four years ago. Picture: Contributed
Numbers have risen by more than 100 compared with the intake four years ago. Picture: Contributed
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Increasing numbers of aspiring electricians are signing up for industry-approved training opportunities via Select, the electrical sector’s campaigning trade body.

Latest figures show that more than 700 young people have signed up to the learning programme managed by the Scottish Electrical Charitable Training Trust (Sectt), which was set up by Select.

The number of apprentices enrolled in this latest intake is a rise of more than 100 compared with just four years earlier, indicating that electricians who make up Select’s membership remain optimistic about the marketplace, despite wider uncertainty.

Anne Galbraith, chief executive of Sectt, said: “Select members are effectively showing their faith in the future of the industry by investing so heavily in training and learning programmes with us.

“We need professionally-minded people who are dedicated to the highest possible standards in the electrotechnical sector and I am sure that this healthy new intake will step up to plate and further enlarge our skills pool.”

MSP Jamie Hepburn also commented: “It’s great news that so many of our young people are being given the opportunity of undertaking a modern apprenticeship in the electrotechnical sector and are receiving such high-quality training whilst beginning their careers in this important sector.”