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The future is electric, so we need to attract the brightest talent

Published: 24 January 2020 - Carly Wills

The need for more young people to join the electrical industry in Scotland has never been greater – and those who do so will have an ‘opportunity for life’.

That’s the view of SELECT managing director Alan Wilson, who says fresh talent is urgently required to meet the ever-increasing demand for new technology and electrical services.

Speaking in a new video interview, the head of the trade body for the electrical profession in Scotland claims anyone entering the industry has “a really bright future ahead of them”. 

He said: “I’m pleased to say the future is indeed electric as we all move towards more dependency on electricity in our day-to-day lives, whether it’s use of the internet and mobile phones or vehicles and heating and lighting for our properties.

“There is no doubt we will need an increase in the workforce to meet these demands as we go forward, yet we are facing an ever-increasing competition with other sectors to get young people to join our sector.

“Like all industries, we face a challenge to encourage young people into our industry as Scotland faces a well-documented skills shortage. But what we can say is that anyone coming into this industry has an opportunity for a career for life.

“We need to work hard to get school children more involved and interested at a younger age and for them to see that the whole range of work an electrician does impacts across their lives.” 

During the 15-minute video, launched on SELECT’s new YouTube channel this week, Wilson also discusses electric vehicles, the future of the trade association, and the many challenges faced by today’s electricians.

He added: “Being an electrician is at the very top of the construction industry tree in terms of opportunities and skills and that’s why we want to attract good quality young people who will bring a great benefit to all our lives going forward.”

Wilson also stresses the need for regulation of electricians – and insists Holyrood should act sooner rather than later to make it happen.

Click here to view the full interview.

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