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

TESP takes up the reins on electrotechnical skills

Electrotechnical sector in strong position ahead of closure of SummitSkills

In light of the impending closure of industry standards body SummitSkills at the end of March, electrotechnical employer representatives have reassured the sector that there will not be any vacuum as a result.

Back in 2014, The Electrotechnical Skills Partnership (TESP) was formed by industry partners including the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA), SELECT – the Electrical Contractors’ Association of Scotland, the Joint Industry Board (JIB), the Scottish Joint Industry Board (SJIB), and Unite the Union.

Since its formation, TESP has been involved with a number of industry initiatives, including:

  • collaborating with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the employers group on developing the electrotechnical apprenticeship trailblazer;
  • launching an ongoing training initiative to upskill workers within the industry; and
  • creating an online careers hub for young people to develop their interest in the sector.

ECA Director of Employment and Skills Alex Meikle commented:

“We already have a strong foundation in place within the electrotechnical sector, having set up TESP some three years ago. This leaves us in an ideal position to take up the reins from SummitSkills, and indeed TESP has already been leading on many issues in recent years.”

TESP partners undertake a range of representation activity collectively. Recently, TESP Chair Steve Burley, who is director of ECA member-firm Derry Building Services, wrote to the Government to express concern over apprenticeship funding in England. In the letter, Mr. Burley raised concern over potential training funding levels available to non-payers of the new ‘apprenticeship levy’ – who are all SMEs.

In addition, TESP is working closely with the JIB and the SJIB to ensure the ECS fits the needs of the entire sector, including a suite of new fire and security cards, which link to the trailblazer apprenticeship. On behalf of TESP, the JIB runs a free training helpline for employers, apprentices and stakeholders.

TESP and National Electrotechnical Training (NET) are also collaborating to maintain the rigorous and respected nature of the AM2 and FICA end point assessments.

TESP and its partners will continue to work in collaboration with other bodies within the wider engineering services industry, including the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA), and the newly formed ‘Plumbing and Heating Skills Partnership’.