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June 6, 2019

The new Chair of the Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) reflects on the task ahead for its steering committee and what the UK industry should expect from it going forward

It’s a few days befor...

June 6, 2018

After 29 years with SELECT and 14 as MD, this is my last Comment piece for CABLEtalk. It’s been a long shift and a bit of a roller coaster, but overall a great ride and an enjoyable one at that. 

I thi...

April 13, 2018

Representational work is a key activity of any leading trade association. Sometimes referred to as lobbying, representational work for SELECT means putting forward the collective position of Members,...

February 12, 2018

As is often the case in January, I was drawn to reflecting on SELECT’s involvements over the year just passed.

My reflective mood was triggered by reading a serendipitous reference to an organisation c...

December 21, 2017

During the summer I was bemoaning the fact that the UK skills arena was a complete guddle – well, it’s not getting any better!

The November publication of the Government review of the statutory Industr...

November 2, 2017

It was the Greek philosopher Heraclitus who is quoted as saying: “Change is the only constant in life.” I wonder what he might say today if that was how he saw things more than 2,500 years ago?

There i...

August 16, 2017

In all my years at SELECT I don’t think I have ever seen such a  guddle as currently exists in  the UK skills arena. Things are particularly confused and uncertain in England, but Scotland equally pre...

May 30, 2017

On a holiday trip to Mull over the Easter weekend, I called in to Cruachan Power Station near Oban. As a power engineer, it’s a place I have always wanted to visit and it didn’t disappoint.

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