The Labour politician and European voice of the electrical contracting industry are the latest additions to the trade association’s Wall of Support, each adding a digital ‘brick’ to show their support for protection of title.
They join more than 70 politicians, trade unions, professional bodies, electrical firms and other organisations as the ongoing crusade gathers momentum.
EuropeOn President Gerard Constantin comments: “We agree that it is vital that only properly trained and qualified people design and carry out electrical works and we fully support the campaign to ensure that anyone calling themselves an electrician in Scotland would have to hold appropriate, industry-recognised qualifications.
“Recent decarbonisation and sustainability efforts have reinforced the important role properly trained and qualified electricians will play as we aim to meet our carbon reduction targets. We believe in working together with all relevant stakeholders and national and EU authorities to deliver on these demanding but necessary objectives.”
Mr Whitfield, Labour MSP for South Scotland, adds: “Electrical safety is vitally important and consumers have a right to expect that electrical works carried out in their home are only undertaken by those with the appropriate skills and qualifications.
“Therefore, I welcome and support SELECT’s campaign to regulate the industry and make it an offence to carry out electrical work in properties without holding qualifications. This important campaign was included in Scottish Labour’s last election manifesto and I hope we can make progress on regulation in parliament.”
The latest recruits come hot on the heels of 20 new ‘bricks’ that were added in June, including the National Federation of Roofing Contractors, The Scaffolding Association, SNP MSP Michelle Thomson and 17 electrical businesses and their staff.
Their stance underlines their backing for legislation in Holyrood which would make it an offence for someone to call themselves an electrician when they have no, or inadequate, qualifications.
Alan Wilson, Managing Director of SELECT, says: “We are delighted to welcome EuropeOn and Mr Whitfield to the Wall of Support and thank them for taking the time to add their support to this vital campaign.
“It is heartening to see an ever-growing groundswell of backing for regulation of the industry, and equally heartening to see this support coming from so many different areas, be it public, political or professional.
“As the campaign builds momentum, we continue to actively seek new ‘bricks’ to add to our Wall of Support, inspiring new voices and raising the volume as, together, we strive to improve electrical safety across Scotland.”
As well as more than a third of MSPs, other bodies that have contributed a brick to the wall include the Electrical Safety First, The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Scottish Association of Landlords and the Energy Saving Trust.