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Train4TradeSkills News: ECA launch Wired for Success to entice women to train as electricians

ECA launch campaign to get women into work and trained as electricians

The Electrical Contractors’ Association have launched the Wired for Success Campaign, in order to get more women into work and to take up a career as an electrician.

Only 1% of people in the electrical industry are women, and the ECA aims to improve this figure by getting more women to take up a trade.

The other problem that the Wired for Success campaign is trying to address is that 1 million women are currently unemployed in the UK. The ECA think the campaign can kill two birds with one stone and get unemployed people into work and readdress the gender imbalance in the electrical industry.

The leader of the campaign and former ECA president, Diane Johnson said:

“Wired for Success is exactly what the economy needs in these austere times.

On one hand, our industry is facing an impending skills crisis. On the other, there are more than a million unemployed women in the UK at the moment. In my head I see an obvious solution to two problems.”

The issue of getting women into the electrical industry is also being addressed by the NICEIC and their “Jobs for the Girls” campaign, which aims to get more women to take up a trade.

What do you think about the ECA and their Wired for Success campaign – will it be a success? Let us know and share your thoughts in the comments section below:


NICEIC and ECA join forces to debate future for electricians

The NICEIC (National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting) and the Electrical Contractors Association (ECA) have worked together to produce 2021 Vision: The Future of the Electrical Contracting Industry.

This major piece of research is designed to provide a long term vision of the position the industry is likely to be in 10 years from now. It is also the first tangible results of talks to see how the two organisations can work together to provide unity and leadership for the industry.

Emma McCarthy, CEO of the NICEIC and Steve Bratt, CEO of the ECA made the decision to jointly fund 2021 Vision as they felt it was important to provide long term guidance for the industry at a time when many contractors are recovering from the recession and concentrating on short term survival. 2021 Vision enables the electrical contractor to see past the short term and prepare for the next stage of their development.

A survey of 1,000 members of the ECA and registrants to the NICEIC forms the basis of the research. The survey found that there are many perceived threats to the industry but also many opportunities.

The research findings are inextricably linked to the UK’s sustainable future. As the UK strives to achieve ambitious targets for carbon reduction, the electrical industry finds itself in a leading position to take advantage of the opportunities that the drive for carbon reduction brings. Those contractors who are willing to develop and learn new skills will grow and thrive.

The key opportunities set out in 2021 Vision are:

• The Green Deal leading to 500,000 homes a year being upgraded – 96% see this as an opportunity

• SMART meters in every home – 95% see this as an opportunity

• More apprenticeships – 95% see this as an opportunity

• Development of new products to enable sustainable new build and renovation of existing properties – 96% see this as an opportunity

• More training for small businesses in new technology and skills – 97% see this as an opportunity

The drive for sustainability in all areas of UK life will change the shape of the wider construction industry as well as the electrical contracting industry. The shift away from new build to refurbishment and renovation, the use of more sophisticated, integrated systems and the need, which has been recognised by the Government, for training to ensure that trades have the skills to help the UK work towards the sustainable vision.

2021 Vision also identifies a range of threats to the electrical contracting industry; these must be tackled head on by the industry as a whole. The biggest threats as seen by the contractors surveyed are:

• Lower skilled workforce doing work currently done by tradespersons – 98% see this as a threat

• More components in new build manufactured off-site, reducing amount of skilled craftsmen on site – 79% see this as a threat

• More competitive industry – 61% see this as a threat

• Cross-over of trades requiring multi-skilling – 60% see this as a threat

• Changing Government policy – 51% see this as a threat

Emma McCarthy, CEO of the NICEIC concludes;

“2021 Vision is a unique and interesting view of what our industry will look like in 10 years time, funded and facilitated by NICEIC and ECA and entirely for the benefit of the electrical contractor. The challenge now is to take this information and apply it to day to day working life – we look forward to helping electrical contractors do this.”

[Source: ECA Website – ]

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Government eco-home scheme to create more electrician jobs

A government scheme to go green could benefit electrician’s across the country as it will create a lot of new jobs, according to the Electrical Contractors Association.

The government’s Green Deal looks set to have a positive impact on the trades industry in the next few months, with a slew of jobs available for those with experience in retrofitting existing properties.

Brian Berry, the director of external affairs at the Federation of Master Builders, believes the scheme could offer “big job opportunities”, which is a ray of light at the end of the tunnel after the recent cuts in government spending.

Environmentally-friendly initiatives are springing up everywhere at the moment, and there are thousands of jobs available for plumbers, electricians and gas engineers who know how to save water, energy and the effect it has on the environment.

Last week, it was reported that a council-run housing scheme in Colchester is to create 2,200 jobs in the trades industry and it was announced this week that a new “eco-homes” development in Bradford is set to take place. 45 carbon neutral homes will be built and designed by Lovell and will create a number of jobs relating to installations of eco-friendly technology, such as communal mass boilers, photovoltaic panels and mechanical ventilation with heat recovery systems.