2001 - The ECA reaches 100 years
The ECA celebrates a century of service by and for its members, and to the industry.
2001- ECA launches ZAP safety initiative
The ECA launched its Zero Accident Potential (ZAP) campaign in 2001, as part of industry-wide efforts to improve safety performance within construction. The ZAP campaign led to significant improvements in safety within electrical contracting, including substantial reductions in the number of reportable accidents and the number of major injuries.
2007 - Creation of the Fire and Security Association with SELECT
The Fire and Security Association is formed by the ECA and Scottish electrical trade association SELECT. The FSA is the leading trade association dedicated to companies who design, install commission, maintain and monitor electronic fire, emergency and security system. The FSA is uniquely positioned to improve industry standards and enhance and develop members' businesses.
2010 - Launch of ECA Today, to replace the Electrical Contractor magazine
The ECA launches its new member magazine ECA Today, to replace the Electrical Contractor magazine. ECA Today is published quarterly both in-print and online, and is sent to the ECA’s exclusive database of thousands of member-firms, partners and clients across the electrical and building services industry. You can view all of the back editions of ECA Today here.
2011 - ECA and NICEIC publish seminal report '2021 Vision'
Landmark sector report 2021 Vision is launched in 2011 by the ECA and the NICEIC. The publication offered ground breaking analysis and predictions about the future threats and opportunities for the wider electrical contracting sector. A 2016 update to ‘2021 Vision’ will follow in the near future.
2013 - Creation of Certsure with ESF
Certsure LLP is created by the ECA and Electrical Safety First (ESF). It is dedicated to providing certification and a number of additional professional services to a wide range of customer groups across the building services sector. The products and services offered by Certsure are primarily delivered through the NICEIC and ELECSA brands.
2013 - Launch of the ECA Annual Awards
The ECA Annual Awards are launched by the ECA to showcase the best practice, innovation and excellence of our members. Winners from eight categories, including Contractor of the Year and Excellence in Training and Development, are chosen by a panel of independent judges.
2015 - Formation of The Electrotechnical Skills Partnership (TESP)
The Electrotechnical Skills Partnership (TESP) is a not-for-profit skills partnership created by the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA), the Joint Industry Board (JIB), SELECT, the Scottish Joint Industry Board ((SJIB) and Unite the Union. TESP works closely with industry partners to help shape and develop the skills agenda for the electrotechnical industry. These include National Electrotechnical Training (NET), JTL, Summit Skills and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
2015 - ECA Energy Efficiency Adviser scheme launched
To meet the growing need for energy saving, the ECA launches an ECA Energy Efficiency Advisor (EEA) accreditation, in collaboration with Schneider Energy University. The accreditation is only available to ECA Members. Recognised EEA’s will be best-placed to offer clients advice on reducing their energy usage and carbon emissions, thus reducing their carbon footprint and cutting costs.
2017: ‘ECA’ becomes the formal trading name of the ‘Electrical Contractors’ Association’
The logo of ECA is updated, and the strapline changed to ‘Excellence in Electrotechnical and Engineering Services’, to reflect the broad range of work now undertaken by members.