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ECA Recharges Electrical Skills at the House of Commons

ECA's long-awaited Parliamentary event took place this week.

Held in the House of Commons in Westminster, Recharging Electrical Skills was a landmark meeting with Members, skills providers and MPs, aimed at increasing awareness about the significance of the electrical contracting sector and electrical skills in achieving the UK's net zero goals.

Key themes from the event included:

• Placing skilled electricians at the core of net zero.

• The need for more apprentice starts and qualified electricians.

• Improved support for job placements a more robust skills pipeline.

The reception opened with remarks from Alan Whitehead MP, our event sponsor, followed by comments from Andrew Eldred, ECA Director of Workforce and Public Affairs.

Alan Whitehead MP, Shadow Energy Minister, said: “Labour’s mission to make Britain a clean energy superpower will create and sustain good jobs across the country. Electricians will be absolutely crucial for delivering many of the low-carbon technologies that will form the backbone of our future green economy.

"We need to make sure that our skills system is set up to train the electricians of the future and meet the growing needs of households and businesses in the transition to cheaper, cleaner energy.”

As part of the event, we also launched the 'Future Electrical Skills' Framework, setting out the ECA’s recommendations to bridge the electrician skills gap, accelerate the adoption of low carbon technologies, and ensure high-quality and safe installation and integration of electrical systems.

ECA Members and other guests had the opportunity to sign ECA's Recharging Electrical Skills Charter, to show their support for these policy positions.

View the full Charter here. 

Electrical contracting businesses will play a pivotal role in the transition to a net-zero economy by ensuring the safe, efficient, and sustainable use of electrotechnical systems, including those central to net zero. But workforce capacity and competence must be prioritised if we are to achieve our net-zero goals.

Shortages of qualified electricians and other competent personnel are currently the number one business issue for ECA Members (as revealed each quarter by the ECA/ BESA Building Engineering Business Survey). These shortages do not necessarily result from a lack of people wanting to join the industry, but more so from a broken skills pipeline which currently prevents enough people from progressing to complete their training.

Last updated 29 November 23