Major new Labour Market Research project – coming soon

Electrotechnical employers will soon be asked to input to a comprehensive labour market research survey, to build an up-to-date picture of skills issues across all sectors of the industry.

TESP is carrying out this work, in conjunction with industry research specialists Pye Tait. Using the research findings, we will explore how roles and occupations are changing, consider the impact of new and emerging technologies and help to keep training relevant to industry needs. We hope you can support this important project for the industry – to register your interest visit

UPDATE: REPORT AVAILABLE SOON – this project has now been completed and the report will be published in early April.

New industry careers website launched

TESP launches new industry careers website

The Electrotechnical Skills Partnership (TESP) has launched – a new website designed to highlight the wide range of roles, progression routes and opportunities available within the electrical industry.

The website has been designed to cater for a range of people considering a career in the industry: school-leavers, experienced professionals wishing to transfer in from other sectors, and those who are already working in the industry but want to understand more about the progression routes open to them.

TESP Chair Diane Johnson comments: “We developed this website to raise awareness of the wide range of work carried out by those with electrotechnical skills, and dispel the myths and stereotypes of electricians. We have plans to expand it later this year to showcase the broader and more specialist roles where electrotechnical skills are applied, so we can highlight just how diverse the opportunities on offer are in our industry.”

She continues: “Our industry is facing a real and serious skills shortage, and needs to recruit bright, capable people and build a wide talent pool in order to combat this and to ensure we have the right levels and quantities of skills in the future. Competition for apprenticeship candidates in particular is fierce, because of the range of academic and vocational options open to young people today. I hope this website will help them understand just how far a career in this industry can take them and why they should apply for an electrical apprenticeship.”

To view the website, visit


TESP Chair responds to apprentice funding decision

TESP responds to Government decision on apprentice funding

Diane Johnson, Chair of The Electrotechnical Skills Partnership (TESP), has welcomed the Government’s response to the Future of Apprenticeships in England: Funding Reform Technical Consultation. 

“In ruling that neither of the proposed apprentice funding systems were suitable in their current form the Government has highlighted its desire to support employers who want to train apprentices,” she said. “Neither of the systems currently proposed would have done this. In the proposed form they would have made it difficult for many businesses, particularly very small firms, to train apprentices as these businesses would have faced greater bureaucracy and potential risks such as cash flow difficulties. We now await more details about the funding regime for apprenticeship starts in 2015/16 and how this will reflect the Government’s aspiration of making apprenticeships more attractive to employers.”

She continued: “It’s becoming clear to everyone that a ‘one size fits all’ approach to apprentice funding won’t work. Established apprenticeships, like the ones in this industry, are generally offered by smaller firms, while in sectors which are newer to apprenticeships it’s the larger companies that carry out the majority of the apprentice training. Any new system needs to recognise, respect and reflect this otherwise it will lead to less firms taking on apprentices – an outcome that nobody wants. More than one approach to apprentice funding may be needed to prevent employers from facing the equivalent of a financial penalty if they take on an apprentice.”

Johnson concluded: “We need an apprentice funding system that supports all apprenticeships, but it must allow those industries with a history of successful apprenticeships to carry on doing so. We will continue to work with Government, before and after the General Election, to ensure they understand what has made the electrotechnical apprenticeship the gold standard and the need for it to be preserved and its model used in other relevant industries.”