In its 12th year, the partnership sees SECTT training officers visit colleges and training centres to give more than 650 kits to 3rd Stage apprentices and adult trainees, observing social distancing. Worth £30 each, the kits save lives, ensuring that electricity is turned off – and stays off – until work is completed. This process, known as safe isolation, is essential in preventing serious or fatal electric shocks.
Among the recipients were trainees at Ayshire College and Perth College UHI, with other apprentices presented with their kits at 21 SECTT Approved Centres.
Anne Galbraith, CEO of SECTT, says: “Adopting safe working practices and procedures is essential and embedding the right approach at the start of an electrician’s career is key.
“Everything we do at SECTT is safety critical, so as an organisation we are proud to do everything we can to support this.”
Lesley Rudd, Chief Executive of ESF, adds: “It’s vital that safe working procedures are undertaken, but to be effective they need to be established at the start of an electrician’s career.
“These free kits don’t just provide essential safety equipment that will make safe isolation a habit, they make the difference between life or death.”
Fiona Harper, The Secretary of the SJIB, states: “This handout demonstrates the industry’s ongoing commitment to safety and skills. Ensuring the next generation of electricians are educated in safe isolation is essential and sits alongside measures to ensure we have a properly trained and qualified workforce, such as the current consultation to introduce regulation of electricians.”