The Scottish Joint Industry Board (SJIB) has added its voice to the parliamentary consultation on the regulation of electricians, claiming that protection of title would “significantly enhance consumer, client and public protection and safety while deterring unqualified individuals”.
The leading industry body also says any new scheme would bring significant economic benefits and would assist in the drive for a “sustainable skills base”.
The SJIB made its wide-ranging comments as part of a full set of responses to the consultation on proposals for a Holyrood Member’s Bill on regulation, which closed on the 10th of November.
The Board’s response follows equally comprehensive answers from trade body SELECT and an exclusive video interview in which Bill sponsor Jamie Halcro Johnston MSP stressed that it was a necessary measure in the interests of public safety.
The consultation is the culmination of a long-running campaign which has seen a groundswell of support on SELECT’s Wall of Support, with more than 100 prominent parliamentarians, industry figures and representatives of trade associations and professional services bodies pledging their commitment.
Founded in 1969 by electrical trade association SELECT and Unite the Union, the SJIB’s duties include regulating between employers and employees, providing benefits for people engaged in the industry, and stimulating industry progress. In addition, it has oversight of employment, skills and proficiency, health and safety competence, wages and welfare benefits across the electrical industry in Scotland.