ECA is the UK’s largest trade association representing electrical engineering and contracting companies. Its members range from local electricians to national companies with several branches employing thousands of people, and it is the natural home for employers working in all aspects of electrical contracting.
The Joint Industry Board (JIB) has 700 member companies who apply terms and conditions of employment negotiated by its founders. It also administers the Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, accrediting the qualifications and skills of 160,000 individuals working in the industry.
National Electrotechnical Training (NET) is an independent industry charity which develops and delivers assessments of occupational competence (end tests) on behalf of the electrical and engineering industries in the UK. As a registered charity, any surpluses generated by NET’s operations are re-invested in supporting the development of vocational skills in the industries it serves, in line with its charitable objectives.
SELECT is the trade association representing the electrical installation industry in Scotland. With a turnover of £1 billion per annum, SELECT’s 1,200 member firms employ 15,000 fully-qualified SCQF Level 7 Installation Electricians. SELECT also administers the Scottish Joint Industry Board on behalf of itself and its SJIB partner, Unite the Union.
Unite the Union has a long history of supporting training for the electrotechnical workforce, working in partnership with employers to accredit and advance skills, and stressing the importance that high quality industry recognised apprenticeships play for skills development, career progression and ensuring the long term sustainability of the UK skills base.