SELECT’s Fiona Harper to take over as new CEO of SECTT

Fiona Harper, a construction industry skills specialist, will be taking over the running of the Scottish Electrical Charitable Training Trust (SECTT), the approved training scheme for the country’s electrical apprentices.


Fiona, currently Director of Employment and Skills at SELECT and the Secretary of the Scottish Joint Industry Board (SJIB), will assume the role of CEO at SECTT on 1 April. She will succeed Anne Galbraith, who is stepping down after more than a decade of overseeing the development of electrical apprentices and adult trainees across Scotland and whose reign has seen record numbers of young electrical learners coming through.


Fiona has an impressive track record, including creating SELECT’s industry training strategy and liaising with UK and Scottish politicians and civil servants on trade union and skills and qualifications issues.


She says, “I am delighted and honoured to have been offered this enormous opportunity, and I look forward to the challenge of continuing the great work carried out under Anne Galbraith’s confident guidance in recent years.


“SECTT is now established as the premium provider of electrical apprentices, working in close partnership with SELECT, the SJIB and Unite the Union in the long-term interests of this crucially important industry.


“We must now ensure that we keep seeing record numbers of young people signing up for rewarding careers and make sure we have a steady pipeline of well-trained talent emerging to safely cater for a society in which the future is so clearly electric.”


Alan Wilson, Managing Director of SELECT, says, “Everyone here would like to thank Fiona for all the hard work, dedication and expertise she has brought to her time with SELECT, and we wish her well in her new role at SECTT.


“Training is of vital importance and the enormous contribution SECTT is making to the quality and professionalism of the electrical industry in Scotland is unquestioned. 


“The Modern Apprenticeship remains the only route to becoming a properly qualified electrician – there are no shortcuts. SECTT performs a huge role in delivering the SJIB apprenticeship and we know Fiona will continue to grow and develop the programme.”


To read more on SELECT, click here.

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