Working hard behind the scenes
As well as our exclusive benefits, we’re committed to representing our Members at the highest level and helping to make their lives easier and fairer. To do this, our experts promote our Members’ interests in a variety of ways.
Campaigning for regulation
SELECT has been leading the crusade to introduce protection of title for the profession of electrician
, meaning that only those who hold industry-recognised qualifications would be able to call themselves such. The campaign now has significant industry and cross-party political support.
Pressing for payment change
SELECT has spent many years pressing the Scottish Government to improve how and when Members are paid, including speeding up payments from public bodies down the supply chain, introducing project bank accounts and putting an end to punishing contract retentions.
Leading the way in political lobbying
Our interactions with government are many, but our main focus is on building and nurturing contacts at the Scottish Parliament, making ourselves recognised as the industry authority in Scotland and offering advice on the non-reserved matters that most closely affect our Members.
Serving on respected bodies
Our unrivalled experience and expertise are always in great demand, with our experts serving on a variety of important industry bodies, including the IET Wiring Regulations Committee
, Construction Scotland
, Actuate UK
, Scottish Qualifications Authority
and Skills Development Scotland
Building better relationships
As well as playing a key role on industry bodies, we organise our own events, building relationships with specifiers through our Local Authority & Client Forum
, interacting with architects, surveyors, landlords and housing associations and flying the flag for SELECT at major events and conferences.
Raising industry standards
To help ensure excellence across the electrical sector, we regularly liaise and advise with a large number of industry bodies, including the Scottish Government’s Building Standards Division
, Institution of Engineering and Technology
, Scottish Building Contract Committee
and British Standards Institution
Striving for skills development
Our commitment to skills development saw the creation of our dedicated training department in 2018. We are also a key partner in BSE Skills
, which helps to ensure that vocational qualifications are modern and fit for purpose, helping the workforce develop and adapt to today’s ever-changing electrical landscape.
Improving working conditions
A crucial part of SELECT’s work is done by the Scottish Joint Industry Board
(SJIB), which helps create more harmonious working conditions. SELECT and the SJIB also work with industry bodies outside Scotland, including the JIB
, to ensure standards, parity and equality.
Find out more
Further details of SELECT’s behind-the-scenes work is available in our brochure, By Your Side.