With exam results in Scotland looming, SELECT urges young people to embrace the electric revolution and enjoy a rewarding career


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As young people receive their exam results across Scotland, Scotland’s largest building trade association is encouraging school graduates to make their future electric. Thousands of teens will now consider their life choices – and SELECT says an electrical apprenticeship is the first step to an exciting and fulfilling career that offers great potential and rewards. The trade body points to recent figures that showed a record number of electrical sector trainees of 738 so far in 2021, and says a growing number of ambitious young people are opting for vocational training over traditional higher education methods. Fiona Harper, Director of Recruitment and Skills at SELECT, said: “Young people are very aware of the world around them and can see the trend of travel in terms of desirable skills and qualifications. One of the most notable is accepting the idea that the future will be driven by electricity rather than fossil fuels. From electric cars and battery storage to heat pumps. and the Internet of Things, more young people are realizing that the complexities of modern electrical technology will put electricians front and center in the job market.” “There has never been a more exciting time to be a professional in electrotechnical engineering, and the opportunity to be at the forefront of tomorrow’s technology is one we hope the current cohort of graduates will embrace. Schools in Scotland.” Ms Harper, who is also a Secretary of the Scottish Joint Industry Council (SJIB), added: “It is clear that young people are realizing that being a qualified electrician can provide them with a very rewarding and highly rewarding career. “As part of this, the opportunity to ‘earn while learning’ and gain practical skills in a real-world environment while studying is also a very attractive proposition for many.” The number of young people taken over by companies this year has not only defied the pandemic, but also indicates that more Young people view electricians as custodians of the future – an image we strongly support.” Ms Harper said it was encouraging to see an increasing number of female trainees picking up tools – highlighting the case of Caitlin Kearney, an intern at SELECT member Koinergy in Strathaven, south Lanarkshire. The 21-year-old starred in a video for Scottish Vocational Training Week in March, telling viewers: “Vocational training is the way forward and the future of people who leave school. I am learning things every day and trading is my best bet.” Ms Harper also said the sector is hearing more stories such as that of a young electrician, Paul Maxwell, who changed his initial career choice and is now working with well-established electrical contractors in Glasgow A Alexander & Son The 27-year-old recently told CABLEtalk magazine for SELECT stakeholders: “I studied marketing at university but soon realized it wasn’t for me. Becoming an electrician gives you a lifelong skill; Probably the best decision I’ve ever made.” In addition to the opportunities offered by apprenticeships, Ms. Harper said that future electrical trainees will benefit from the long-running campaign for regulation led by SELECT, the momentum of which continues to grow. “Recognition of our trade as a profession will finally be recognized,” she said. With the skill and dedication required to become a fully qualified electrician, with training as in-depth and detailed as many undergraduate degrees. “Tomorrow’s electricians will be seen as highly skilled, expertly trained professionals equipped with the specialized tools needed to build and maintain an electricity dependent society. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of such a future?”


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