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JIB hosts sector event in Greater Manchester

ECA’s Rob Driscoll Director of Legal and Business, and Andrew Eldred Chief Operating Officer joined speakers from the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and Unite the Union at a Devolved Skills & Procurement event in Manchester hosted by the Joint Industries Board (JIB). The event focused on how to support skills and procurement in the regions the country makes the transition to net zero. 

Andrew used regional workforce data to highlight the scale of the local challenge. Pointing out there's just one electrician for every 368 people in Greater Manchester. He suggested the solution may be a collaborative approach between key stakeholders. An Electrotechnical Training & Careers Alliance could help address the shortage of skilled workers in the Greater Manchester area.

Rob outlined the aims of the Procurement Act 2023, including a simpler and more effective regulatory system and competitive, flexible procedures. He also discussed the broader approach to ‘value’ encompassing socio-economic and environmental benefits. You can read more about Rob’s work on procurement here.

Jay Parmar, CEO of the JIB said: 

“Our ambition to deliver a safe and sustainable future nationally, is inextricably linked to having a regional supply of skills with a clear procurement framework. JIB has helped to bring together a powerful combination of employer, employee, local government and training infrastructure to deliver this at pace. JIB will continue to support our members to maximise on key opportunities and shine a bright light on the high quality work and skills being delivered by JIB members and their workforce.” 

Andrew also joined the Greater Manchester Chamber, UK: Chamber Live Podcast to share his insight into the skills shortages affecting electrical trades.  

You can find out more about ECA’s work toward tackling the skills shortage and view the Recharging Electrical Skills Charter here.

Last updated 02 July 24