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Pick of the crop

The SELECT Member helping to shine a light on how we grow the food of the future SEE PAGES 18-23

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CONTENTS APRIL/MAY 2022 OPINION

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Alan Wilson on why we can feel more confident about the future

NEWS

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FEATURES

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All the latest news from across SELECT and the wider industry

FEATURES

How one SELECT Member is helping to change agriculture

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Make sure you book your place at this year’s Toolbox Talks

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Find out more about the great SELECT events coming soon Catch up with SELECT’s intrepid fundraiser Lindiana Jones

TECHNICAL FEATURES

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Protecting learners with our new safe isolation resources

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Update on the work of our army of Alarm Ambassadors

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Essential advice on premature collapse of wiring systems Handy new guidance document explains cut-out seal procedures

TRAINING

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The right knowledge to work safely in explosive atmospheres Keep your skills up to date with one of our upcoming courses

FOCUS APPRENTICES

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Ten-page special on this year’s Scottish Apprenticeship Week

MANAGING EDITOR Iain Mason iain.mason@select.org.uk EDITOR Sarah Wolstencroft sarah.w@connectcommunications.co.uk 0141 560 3022 DESIGN & PRODUCTION Ryan Swinney ryan@connectcommunications.co.uk

ADVERTISING David Hughes davidh@connectcommunications.co.uk 07767 407 402

CABLEtalk is produced by Connect Publications on behalf of SELECT connectcommunications.co.uk

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Investigating some of the myths about private medical insurance

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Our friends at MacRoberts give their advice on contract FAQs

Rudi Klein discusses retentions and answers Member questions

Wellbeing support from the Electrical Industries Charity

PRO ZONE

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All the latest gear, gadgets and updates from Associate Members

DIARY

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Meet Jane Watson and your chance to win a £50 voucher CABLEtalk

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COMMENT

The future is looking a little brighter…at last!

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’m writing this on the second anniversary of the first UK lockdown, when our industry and the wider world was plunged into massive uncertainty due to COVID-19. Two years later, I think it’s fair to say that we have all weathered some truly unprecedented storms, but I find myself cautiously – and some might say uncharacteristically – optimistic for what now lies ahead. For example, our campaign for regulation of the electrical industry continues apace, and it was great to see four more MSPs signing up to the Wall of Support following our recent appearance at the Conservative Party Conference in Aberdeen. This was followed by an encouraging meeting with Tom Arthur, Minister for Public Finance, Planning and Community Wealth, during which we discussed the many positive benefits of protection of title. More details are on the following pages. The healthy state of apprenticeships in Scotland’s electrotechnical sector is also another reason for optimism, with the number of apprentices and adult trainees at their highest level for 12 years. We all know that the future is electric, and it seems we are starting to make

“I am confident that after all we have been through in the past two years, we are now better placed to face any hurdles together” progress on the skills shortage by nurturing and developing this next generation of talent. This was demonstrated perfectly by this year’s Scottish Apprenticeship Week, in which SELECT, the SJIB and SECTT played a key role and which you can read more about on pages 40-49. My final cause for optimism is the ongoing spirit of collaboration, cooperation and commitment that I continue to encounter across the industry. As you’ll know, we created the Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum in March 2020 to bring together Scotland’s construction bodies and help steer us through the pandemic by pooling our knowledge and working together. There were fears that, once the threat of COVID-19 subsided, we would all retreat back into our separate silos and be back where we were before.

However, I am heartened to see that the ethos of sharing and teamwork grows stronger, and that this unique coalition – now renamed the Construction Industry Collective Voice – continues to represent all that is positive about our sector. Of course, there are still many hurdles to face in the next weeks and months, not least the issue of material shortages, the ongoing impact of Brexit and the spectre of major energy price hikes. However, I am confident that after all we have been through in the past two years, we are now better placed to face them together and that we all realise the power of strong partnerships. On a personal note, I’d like to thank you all for your ongoing support and I look forward to catching up in person at our Toolbox Talks in May and June. If you haven’t already done so, I’d urge you to register now on pages 16-17. Until then, take care and stay safe.

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MSPs join call for regulation 4 Tories sign up to Wall of Support at conference FETA and LEIA also add their names to campaign

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Wall of Support to demonstrate their ELECT’s campaign for backing for protection of title for the regulation of the electrical profession of electrician. industry was front and centre The new Conservative signatories at the recent Scottish Conservative included Maurice Golden and his fellow North East Scotland MSP Conference in Tess White, who is also Junior Aberdeen. Whip and Shadow Minister for Specifier & Client Relations Visit the Wall of Just Transition, Employment Manager Yvonne Wilson spent Support at bit.ly/ and Fair Work. two days speaking to politicians, SelectWOS The others who added their party officials and delegates at the names were two Conservative MSPs event on 18 and 19 March at the for West Scotland – Shadow Minister P&J Live venue. for Community Safety, Russell Findlay Helped by Eric Rae, Vice-Chair of the Aberdeen & North East Scotland Branch, the and Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Jamie Greene. exhibition saw four more MSPs sign up to our Eric Rae with Maurice Golden MSP

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Eric Rae with Tess White MSP


Campaign talks with minister

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Also dropping by to say hello during the conference were existing signatories Alexander Burnett,, who represents Aberdeenshire West, and Brian Whittle, MSP for South Scotland, who is Shadow Minister for Environment, Biodiversity and Land Reform. Yvonne said: “The conference Russell Findla y MSP was a big success and gave us the with Eric Rae opportunity to speak to MSPs face-to-face again and explain the importance of regulation. It was great to be able to said: “As we see greater outline the case for protection use of renewables such as of title in person and receive solar and heat pumps, poor further backing in return.” quality electrical work carries The new additions mean the huge risks to people’s homes, Wall of Support now has 49 their businesses and even MSPs from their lives. across the “It is therefore vitally political important that consumers spectrum, in are helped to make informed addition to choices whenever they two MPs and a employ an electrician.” host of industry The Lift and Escalator organisations and Industry Association (LEIA) SELECT Member also became recent signatories, with firms who have pledged Managing Director Nick Mellor saying: their backing. “We share SELECT’s objective of Another new addition improving safety and raising standards is the Federation of in the construction industry. Environmental “We therefore support SELECT’s Trade Associations campaign to regulate electricians by (FETA) (FETA), whose Chief introducing protection of title for the Executive Chris Yates profession of electrician.”

SELECT and The SJIB recently met with Scotland’s Planning Minister to discuss regulation of electricians and again put the case forward for the introduction of protection of title. Managing Director Alan Wilson and The Secretary of the SJIB, Fiona Harper, enjoyed a virtual meeting with Tom Arthur, Minister for Public Finance, Planning and Community Wealth, on 22 March, during which they debated a range of issues connected to the regulation of electricians. The group discussed the potential benefits of regulation for small business owners and the self-employed, as well as the advantages for consumers. Alan said: “This was a very useful session and we are grateful to the minister for his time and for listening to our views on what we feel is an important issue for consumers and the industry. “We had a full and frank discussion, and hope Mr Arthur took our points on board and we can continue to enjoy a close relationship as we work together towards a safer electrical industry and safer Scotland.”

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NEWS ROUND-UP

Tech talk in a virtual world Electrium delivers AFDD presentation at Branch Updates First Central Board meeting of 2022 is again held online

A presentation on arc fault detection devices (AFDDs) by Electrium was the highlight of our first Branch Updates of 2022, which were held across four weeks in March. All eight get-togethers were successfully delivered via GoTo Meeting, with a technical talk provided by our latest Associate Members. Updates on SELECT activity were also delivered by the Directors of Function and the Presidential Team, with Training Officers providing the latest news from the Scottish Electrical Charitable Training Trust (SECTT). Each Branch Update also included an AGM, during which branch officers and committee representatives were elected. No changes were made, with all representatives remaining in post. President Donald W Orr said: “I would like to thank Electrium for taking the time to speak to Members. With

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Members of Central Board attend the online meeting on 23 March

COVID-19 measures relaxing further, I am hopeful we can resume face-to-face Branch Updates later this year.” SELECT also went online for its first Central Board meeting of the year on 23 March, which was attended by staff, representatives from each of SELECT’s eight Branches, our current Office Bearers and guests including Gary Worrall, President of ECA. Attendees heard updates from all areas of the association and its ongoing work, as well as a presentation on the 2021 annual accounts by Martin Gill, Lead

Hosted at the Doubletree Edinburgh Queensferry on Wednesday 1 June, the event will include a technical presentation on Amendment 2, as well as updates from

Partner at SELECT auditors BDO LLP. The meeting, which was held on the Teams platform, also saw Alistair Grant and Mike Stark being confirmed as the Board’s nominees for the posts of President and Vice-President respectively for 2022-2023. The formal election of the new Office Bearers will take place at the AGM, which will be held on 1 June. Current President Donald will become Immediate Past President when the presidential team take up their new positions.

across the association. SELECT’s annual report will also be released ahead of the AGM and will be available to download as before, listing the association’s milestones and

achievements over the past 12 months. For further information about attending the AGM, please email member services@select.org.uk


Farewell to Riki after 18 years

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ELECT said goodbye to a long-serving member of staff last month and also welcomed a new face to The Walled Garden. Employment and Skills Administrator Riki Gillespie retired on 31 March after 18 years with the association. After an online farewell party and presentation, including a special CABLEtalk front page, she now plans to tour Europe this summer, including a visit to her native Greece. Jane Watson – who previously worked at SELECT as a temporary receptionist – started as an Employment and Skills Administrator on 14 March. She will now be focusing on processing FICA results, ECS cards and apprentice registration. Fiona Harper, Director of Employment & Skills, said: “We would like to thank Riki for all her hard work and dedication over the past 18 years. “She was very popular so naturally we are sad to see her go, but we are also happy to welcome Jane to the team.”

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Getting to Know You – Jane Watson: Page 62

Letter to Sunak calls for energy bills action SELECT was among the industry bodies who signed an open letter to Chancellor Rishi Sunak, calling for urgent action to reduce consumers’ energy bills. The association joined the Renewable Energy Association (REA) and a coalition of fellow organisations to call on the Chancellor to take action in his Spring Statement. The open letter, co-signed by SELECT and more than 20

organisations including the ECA and Energy Saving Trust, urged the UK Government to: ● Move ‘green’ levies into general taxation ● Suspend VAT on energy bills ● Expand eligibility and increase the value of the Warm Homes Discount ● Remove VAT on all domestic renewable and clean technology ● Establish an effective home insulation scheme, and

● Expand the Boiler Upgrade Scheme. Alan Wilson, Managing Director of SELECT, said: “Energy prices are climbing at a frightening rate and look certain to cause fuel poverty for thousands of people in Scotland and beyond. “The UK Government needs to take action now to address this alarming issue, by introducing practical and proactive measures to help the people most affected.”

MEDIATION, SPDS AND CONFLICT IN THE SPOTLIGHT CABLEtalk columnist and industry expert Len Bunton recently recorded a helpful podcast on mediation. Len and Graham Boyack, Director of Scottish Mediation, discussed use of the practice in both construction disputes and the Conflict Avoidance Process. They also looked at the role of Scottish Mediation itself. Watch the podcast at bit.ly/mediate-vid A new Electrical Safety Network podcast gives a handy overview of SPDs, with experts discussing what, why, when and where to use them. Entitled To SPD or not to SPD? That is the Question, Question the 20-minute session features Robin Earl, Market Development Manager, and Jason Hallam, Business Manager at DEHN. Topics include the different types of SPDs and the difference between the 2/20 and 10/350 impulses. Watch the podcast at bit.ly/spd-vid A new LinkedIn group has been created for professionals who recognise the benefits of working collaboratively to avoid conflict and manage disputes at an early stage. Created by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), The Conflict Avoidance Community is open to current and potential signatories of the Conflict Avoidance Pledge. More than 100 individuals and organisations have so far joined. Find out more by searching for the community on LinkedIn.

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NEWS ROUND-UP Four more sign up as Associate Members of SELECT Four more market-leading organisations have signed up to become Associate Members of SELECT, bringing the total of new partners to 20. Electrical accessories manufacturer Deta Electrical and tax credit specialists ForrestBrown have both joined the new scheme, which was launched on 1 January. Our legal parters MacRoberts have also come on board, building on a partnership which has helped countless Members via our free helpline. And we’re pleased to welcome surge protection and safety equipment manufacturers DEHN. Iain Mason, Director of Membership & Communications, said: “The response continues to be extremely positive, and we are delighted so many well-respected organisations have asked to join us.” The new scheme gives manufacturers and service providers the chance to become part of SELECT and build relationships with Member businesses. Several Associate Members will also appear at our Toolbox Talks in May and June.

Associate Member news: Pages 58-61

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Support for alarm plan

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n influential group of MPs has backed SELECT’s Alarm Ambassadors initiative in which free heat, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are being installed for some of the most vulnerable people in Scotland. The campaign, sponsored by Aico, has crossed political and geographical boundaries to earn praise from the All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group (APPCOG). After tweeting its support, APPCOG said it was impressed by the practical nature of the campaign, which was launched in February and has already seen qualified electrical professionals fit free alarm systems in selected homes. John McNally, MP for Falkirk, the SNP’s Shadow Environment spokesman at Westminster and a member of the all-party panel, said: “Our group seeks to push the vital issue of carbon monoxide safety up the political agenda and this campaign by SELECT and its partners is a great contribution to that cause. “Proper carbon monoxide protection is a keystone of safety in the home and anything which keeps the issue at the forefront of people’s minds is to be recognised, welcomed and encouraged.” He added: “Carbon monoxide is the silent killer and our group includes people who have tragically been affected by this John McNally MP

“Raising public awareness of the threat posed by carbon monoxide is a major public safety matter” issue, some of whom have lost loved ones. Raising public awareness of the threat posed by carbon monoxide is a major public safety matter and the Alarm Ambassadors campaign helps to do just that.” The Alarm Ambassadors campaign has already seen free domestic alarm systems provided to vulnerable, elderly and disabled people identified by Care and Repair Scotland, the charity which helps householders improve or adapt their homes. Alan Wilson, Managing Director of SELECT, said: “APPCOG has carried out enormously valuable work in the field of carbon monoxide education and protection and it is gratifying that it recognises our own efforts in Scotland.”

Hot off the press: Pages 26&27


NEW MEMBERS Six firms have become SELECT Members since 1 February 2022

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AKD’s green goal for Hibs with fast chargers

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ELECT Member firm AKD Electrical recently made Scotland’s greenest football club even more eco-friendly, with the installation of six fast chargers. The 22kw three-phase charging units at Hibernian’s East Lothian training ground were supplied by Norwegian car charging specialists, Easee. Each is supplied by individual circuits and wrapped in green for that all-important finishing touch. AKD Managing Director

– and keen Hibs fan – Keith Groom said: “Hibs already had an enviable track record of cutting down on waste and reducing their carbon footprint, so EV charging was a natural next step on their road to greater sustainability. “We have played our part in many energysaving and emission-cutting jobs over the years and, with the uptake in commercial premises charging points continuing to rise, we are eagerly awaiting a governmental update on grants.”

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Electricians warned not to disrupt social alarms during installations Contractors are being reminded not to disturb existing social alarm systems when installing new interlinked heat, smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in domestic properties. The alert comes after reports of some devices for vulnerable people being removed during the fitting of new systems to comply with

the regulations that came into effect on 1 February. Bob Cairney, Director of Technical Services at SELECT, said: “Social alarms carry out the critical function of connecting vulnerable people to essential services to ensure they get the help they need in the event of a fire. “Such devices are in addition to internally interlinked smoke alarms

and should NOT be removed during installation of new fire and CO system installations. “SELECT Members should remember to ask their customers if they have any social alarm systems installed, which they may also refer to as a ‘community alarm’, ‘warden alarm’ or ‘Telecare’. “If the customer is unsure, you can check by pressing

the test button. If it is a social alarm, it will connect to the call centre, and you can tell the operator that you’re testing the alarm.” Bob added: “Social alarm systems tend to be used by older people and those with physical and learning disabilities. However, this is not exclusively the case, so it’s always best to check before starting work.” CABLEtalk

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Salute to firms over training

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nion leaders and training providers marked Scottish Apprenticeship Week by praising employers for “nurturing and encouraging” young electrical talent in a year that saw record numbers return to the classroom. Unite the Union, the Scottish Joint Industry Board (SJIB) and the Scottish Electrical Charitable Training Trust (SECTT) all saluted businesses for “supporting people, employers and the economy” – the theme of this year’s event, which ran from 7-11 March. Apprentices and adult trainee numbers in Scotland’s electrotechnical sector are at their highest level for 12 years, with nearly 800 new learners enrolling on the Electrical Apprenticeship and Adult Trainee Programmes in 2021. Scott Foley, Chair

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of SECTT and Regional Officer at Unite the Union, said: “It is excellent to see employers taking a long-term view and putting their resources into nurturing a new cohort of qualified electricians to take the sector forward. I’m always greatly impressed when I get to meet electrical apprentices

“I’m always greatly impressed when I get to meet electrical apprentices and hear their stories”

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and hear their stories.” Last year’s intake of apprentices and adult trainees in Scotland was the highest in Scotland since 2009 – and SECTT and the SJIB say it’s an encouraging sign of the determination to tackle the UK-wide skills shortage . Fiona Harper, The Secretary of the SJIB, said: “More and more, the message is clear that the future is electric and young people want to play their part in the transition to net zero. “An apprenticeship in the electrical industry in Scotland is seen as a means of making a contribution to a greener and more sustainable society.” Anne Galbraith, chief executive of SECTT, which manages high-quality training on behalf of the SJIB, said: “The sustained support for training by employers of all sizes across Scotland has been extremely encouraging, especially in this crucial recovery period, and the outlook for 2022-23 is more positive than it’s been for many years.”

solution for energy, air pollution and dampness. Barrie McKay, SECTT Training & Development Manager, said: “Aico has been extremely supportive over the last few years, delivering Expert Installer training around the country to give apprentices, trainees and employers another

Scottish Apprenticeship Week round-up: Pages 40-49


£54k for centres as costs rise 30% The Scottish Electrical Charitable Training Trust (SECTT) has come to the aid of facilities hit with spiralling materials costs by providing £54,000 of additional financial assistance. The substantial funding to the electrical departments at 21 Approved Centres – which range from Stornoway and Thurso in the north to Dumfries in the south – was delivered after costs rose by approximately 30% in just a few months. SECTT says the extra money recognises the huge contribution that the 20 colleges and one private centre make to training as well as the vital importance of apprenticeships to the future of the electrical industry in Scotland. Anne Galbraith, CEO of SECTT, said: “The past two years have been extremely difficult for all the centres, which were closed for face-to-face learning for long periods. Working with SECTT, they responded magnificently with online learning, which certainly filled a gap until they were able to reopen. “However, now we are back to

The money will recognise colleges’ contribution to the future of the industry

“Electrical apprentices require considerable practical training, so the centres were made a priority” of classes starting in the 2021 in-person learning again, the rising cost recruitment year.” of materials that are essential for Scott Foley, Regional training courses has proved Officer at Unite the Union, a challenge for all our and Chair of the SECTT colleges, so we were more Trustees, added: “SECTT than happy to assist. is pleased to be able to “Electrical apprentices make this financial require considerable contribution to our practical training, so the college partners as we centres were made a have been a consistent priority, with the money Anne Galbraith advocate of the practical approved by the SECTT encouragement of young Board of Trustees at a people and of the value of recent meeting and allocated meaningful training.” proportionately to the number

benefit of the Electrical Installation programme.” Gregor Morrison, Aico Regional Specification Manager,

Scotland Central, said: “Education is a key value at Aico and we look forward to continuing our close

relationship with Barrie, SECTT and all 21 Approved Centres in Scotland for many years to come.”

Left to right: Barrie McKay, SECTT Training & Development Manager; Gregor Morrison, Aico Regional Specification Manager, Scotland Central; Craig Johnston, SECTT Senior Training Officer; Niall Russell, SECTT Training Officer; Dale Clancy, Electrical Installation Lecturer, Borders College; Dave Richmond, Aico Regional Specification Manager, Scotland East; Robert Avery, Aico Regional Specification Manager, East Anglia

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Eco future in spotlight

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ustainable building materials, heat pump myth-busting and a tour of an energy efficient tenement will be among the shows at this year’s Green Home Festival. Alternative heat sources and exploring how we will live and travel in 2045 will also be high on the agenda at the five-day hybrid event, which is being organised by the Construction Industry Collective Voice (CICV).

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Running from 8-12 August as part of the official Edinburgh Festival Fringe and delivered via a mix of in-person and virtual presentations, the festival will deliver practical assistance and advice to help Scotland become a net zero nation. The 12 shows, which will be suitable for the public and construction industry, will include: ● Building sustainable neighbourhoods ● Hydrogen as a potential

The festival will explore a host of ideas for moving towards a net zero future

future heat source ● Commercial buildings of the future ● Retrofitting traditional buildings and other house types ● Sustainable construction and asset management ● Upskilling the workforce for sustainable construction


particularly excited about the planned tour of a tenement that has been made energy efficient, which will demonstrate how Scotland’s traditional buildings can be retrofitted to minimise carbon emissions.” Presenters at the show will include experts from the CICV and other organisations, including SELECT, the ● Feasibility of electric vehicles and home charging points. Event organiser, John McKinney, Secretary of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors, said: “We are extremely excited to reveal some of the topics for the inaugural festival, which will deliver a wealth of demonstrations and hands-on guidance. We are

Scottish Futures Trust, Leeds Sustainability Institute and Scottish Hydrogen Fuel Cell Association. Venues, dates and booking details for the event will be revealed later this year. Targeting homeowners, professionals, local authorities, housing associations and local authorities, the CICV is aiming to make the Green Home Festival an annual event that will build a long-term legacy.

“We are extremely excited to reveal some of the topics for the inaugural festival, which will deliver a wealth of demonstrations and hands-on guidance”

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FEATURES TOOLBOX TALKS Shetland The Lerwick Hotel , 15 June

Join our tour de force Orkney The Pickaquoy Centre , 14 June

Places are going fast for our FREE technical roadshow Presentations on Amendment 2 now being finalised Exhibitors flock to venues to show off new products

Inverness Tulloch Stadium, 24 May Aberdeen Pittodrie Stadium , 25 May Oban The Falls of Lora Hotel, 7 June Dundee The Apex Hotel , 10 May

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Glasgow Hampden Park, 11 May Isle of Islay The Machrie, 21 June Ayrshire The Gailes Hotel, 18 May

Edinburgh The Walled Garden, 3 May Borders Tweed Horizons, 4 May

Dumfries Easterbrook Hall, 17 May


Bob Cairney and his technical team will deliver presentations on Amendment 2

answer any other queries. Bob Cairney, Director of Technical Services, said: “Our Technical team are currently putting the finishing touches to the Amendment 2 presentations, which will go into the changes and their impact in detail. “I know how much Members look forward to these events and our Technical team are eager to make up for lost time and discuss Amendment 2 a wave if you see me out on the road! face-to-face with Members, along with As outlined in the previous edition many other topical issues.” of CABLEtalk, this year’s talks will SELECT Associate Members see our experts deliver two including Megger, Scolmore, presentations on the Aico and Electrium have potential impact of been eager to book space FREE £50 Amendment 2 to for the events too, so VOUCHER BS 7671:2018: you’ll have plenty of for any SELECT training ● Presentation 1: opportunity to see the course for first 10 people Overview of the main latest technology at each venue changes, including first-hand. (one per company) updates on arc fault The day will kick off detection devices, at 9.30am with coffee and fire safety design of buildings, morning rolls, with lunch overvoltage protection and provided at the end of each session. prosumer’s low voltage Goodie bags will also be handed out to electrical installation. each delegate, and COVID-19 health and ● Presentation 2: Changes to safety measures will be in place at all the certification given in Appendix 6 times to help keep everyone safe. of Amendment 2. And of course, Toolbox Talks are free With the amendment coming into to attend for all SELECT Members. So effect on 28 March, there’s never been a check the map on the opposite page for better time to discuss its potential impact, this year’s venues and sign up for your with our Technical Advisers on hand to nearest date NOW!

“Our Technical team are eager to make up for lost time”

COLLECT NEW REGULATIONS AT YOUR LOCAL EVENT AND SAVE £19 Members attending this year’s Toolbox Talks can preorder their copy of IET Wiring Regulations 18th Edition A2:2022 for collection on the day of the seminar. The cost per publication is £80 – that’s a saving of £19 on the RRP of £99. To pre-order your copy, please email orders@select.org.uk or call the stationery department at SELECT on 0131 445 5577. When ordering, please highlight the date and venue of the Toolbox Talk you will be attending. Please note, we will require a minimum of two weeks prior to the date of the seminar to process and ship your order.

BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW For further details about this year’s Toolbox Talks, email memberservices@ select.org.uk or call us on 0131 445 5577. Bookings can also be made online in the relevant ‘Events’ section at www.select.org.uk

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The only way is up for vertical farming Agriculture pioneer Dave Scott is using LEDs to transform the way we grow our food – with the help of SELECT Member James Boak By Tim Power Continued on page 20 >>> 18

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Dave Scott is helping to change the way we grow our food

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ames Boak has had some interesting experiences throughout his electrical career: from fitting out luxury villas in St Lucia with low-energy technology and power surge protection equipment to installing a pioneering battery storage system in a power station in the Shetland Islands. However, when he was asked by Dave Scott, the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Intelligent Growth Solutions (IGS), for help to design the completed electrical system for a ‘vertical farm’ nine years ago, it was an exciting challenge. James, Managing Director of Roslinbased JBE Scotland Ltd, explained his surprise: “I knew Dave from my time as an electrical contractor with the large retailer where he managed the automated tower storage systems in their warehouses. When he contacted me about designing the electrical system for a vertical farm – or growth tower, as IGS calls it – it was the very first time I had ever heard of the concept, so I was intrigued.” Vertical farming is the practice of growing young plants in vertically stacked layers of trays in buildings where the environment is carefully controlled and the life-giving sun is replaced with LED lighting, which can be altered to provide a range of wavelengths depending on the growth strategies for different crops. By

effectively controlling the growing process – manipulating the lighting, internal climate, irrigation and nutrient supply – vertical farms can operate all year round. Key to the success of the vertical farm system is the ability to control light frequencies, via the LEDs, so a stability electricity supply is vital. James explained: “In this context, it was important that I was able to manage the characteristics of the electrical and lighting systems in the IGS growth towers as we were concerned about potential fluctuations in power supply affecting the sensitive electrical equipment in the towers – we had to keep the harmonics very low and voltage as stable as possible.” Although Dave’s expertise is in engineering, he originally trained as an electrical engineer and values the SELECT courses he often attends to keep up to date with developments in the electrical industry. He drew heavily on this background to bring the IGS concept to life, but needed James’s considerable experience in electrical engineering, particularly in building and maintaining bespoke projects focused on energyefficient and stable electrical systems. James said that he and Dave worked on the design concept for the IGS growth towers – a central work area surrounded by four crop towers within a large rectangular building – for about a year, ensuring that the overall design was scalable, so it was flexible enough to accommodate expansion in the building. To ensure stability in power supply,

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James’s design included bringing in a new connection from the grid via a dedicated substation with new sub mains cabling into the towers and then distributed through a Schneider Electric distribution panel located in the entrance to the building. The entrance is also protected by an airlock to ensure that the environment within the growing tower is kept as sterile as possible. Dave was keen that the growth tower use a three-phase power supply to make the most efficient use of the LEDs, as he explained: “LED technology is key to the growth tower’s success. The whole system is focused on light and the control of this light. “To do this effectively, it was not only important to use the latest LED Continued on page 22 >>>


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Smart technology goes hand in hand with human expertise on the farm

Dave Scott, Intelligent Growth Solutions (IGS) co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, likes to describe the IGS growth tower as a very large vending machine for crops. But behind this levity is a serious aim to create a new system of producing high-quality food in a sustainable way. He has designed the growth towers to be as energy efficient and simple to manage and monitor as possible – most of the crop management can be controlled remotely off-site – but just as important is the ability to easily expand the towers into multiple interconnected units. This scalability will give the economies of scale that large foodproducing customers are looking for. IGS is not a food producer; it is a ‘tech vendor’ that has designed a growing system for others to use. It provides not only the superstructure and operating system of the growth tower but also specific growth ‘recipes’ for each crop, which include LED light frequencies, environment regimes and irrigation and nutrient inputs. That is why its in-house team of crop scientists and its strategic partnership with the James Hutton Institute is key to future development. Dave said: “There is an enormous amount that we’re still learning about plants and how they develop. We are creating unique microclimates and growing regimes for each crop to grow as efficiently as possible, but sometimes certain plants benefit from being stressed in their early growth period to develop better resilience to outside conditions later on, and this can be achieved by pulsing lights under different frequencies. “We can even know how plants are ‘feeling’ from the frequency of light they project back, whether they are relatively ‘happy’ or ‘stressed’ – it has really captured my imagination. Dave Scott “There are

so many variables to play with so that is why we carry out trials at our Crop Research Centre, both for our own R&D, in conjunction with customers, and in partnership with the James Hutton Institute to learn more about this system of growing plants, and to help to develop ‘recipes’ for our customers to use in our system for the optimum way to grow selected plants.” The most common crops grown in vertical farms are quick growing, fast harvesting, high-value plants such as micro herbs for restaurants and larger herbs like basil for supermarkets and food manufactures. However, IGS is also experimenting with crops including chillies, strawberry seedlings, brassicas, seed potatoes, flowers and even trees: IGS trials with fir tree saplings have reduced the time they are ready for planting out by one third. The market for vertical farm technology is set to grow – business intelligence firm IDTechEX forecasts a global market value of $1.5 billion for vertically farmed produce by 2030 – and IGS is already seeing the fruits of such growth, as it is picking up new customers across the globe. It has recently signed up French company Jungle in a multi-millionpound deal where it will use vertical growth towers to supply crops to its retailers on an industrial scale, and has a contract with another international company, Therme Group, to use IGS technology to grow fresh produce on urban farms within its wellbeing centres across Europe and skincare products. There are also new clients in Germany, the USA and Australia and, in late 2021, IGS secured a further £42.2 million from international investors, showing that there are high levels of investor confidence in the future of vertical farming. CABLEtalk

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The growing system is designed to keep humans out of the process

supply, as well as the air conditioning system that collects all the water that technology but to also power the system is lost through evaporation and through a three-phase electrical supply transpiration – plants lose water to give us the most stable harmonics. through their leaves – and recycles it. “To solve the problems of appropriate James added: “Another key aspect light intensity and light pulse of the design was giving IGS width modulation (PWM), the facility to grow or move QUICK FACTS we developed a patented equipment easily; that’s why three-phase technology for we have used SY cable and LED lights that varies FP2000 instead of SWA intensity and PWM infinitely armoured cables, as the in 0.01% increments over all SY cable gives us the ability wavelengths simultaneously. to move things around, “This platform achieves particularly in a clean this while maintaining a 90%+ environment, as long as electrical efficiency from the we can achieve mechanical power source to LEDs. protection.” JBE Electrical “By bringing the initial In addition to the design Services 400v down to 50v through a of the lighting and power transformer, we hit the most system, ventilation, air BASED: efficient and sustainable way conditioning, fire alarms and Roslin of running LED strings and other emergency back-up PHONE: it also means that we can safely safety systems, James also 0131 448 0822 position naked busbars to had to factor in an aircraft WEBSITE: power the equipment within warning system on top of the jbeelectrical. the towers.” growth tower as the facility is co.uk James designed the full near Dundee Airport. electrical installation and The first IGS growth tower control room in a central was built in St Andrews, and raised mezzanine area next to the plant this proved the design concept and room for the four towers. This also hosts helped to raise funds to build a largerthe water irrigation system and nutrient scale tower in Dundee on the site of the >>> Continued from page 21

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James Hutton Institute – the globally recognised research organisation focused on the sustainable use of land and natural resources. Here, the IGS crop science team works in partnership with the Hutton’s scientists on crop trials to understand how plants growing in the towers react to variations in light, temperature and different nutrient recipes, while the IGS team experiments on product hardware and software testing. IGS’s Crop Research Centre – the first vertical farm in Scotland when it launched in 2018 – is based on a nine-metre-high building that consists of four towers, each on the footprint of 42 square metres, based around a central work area. Each tower can accommodate 50 stacked growth trays – the size of a snooker table – which can be accessed for planting, monitoring or harvesting, as well as being moved to different heights within the tower by an automated central lift mechanism. Each tray is illuminated by ventilated LED light strips from the base of the tray above it – approximately 1,100 LEDs per tray – and smart technology manages luminescence and light spectrum, air temperature, humidity, irrigation and nutrient supply for the crop in each tray. This allows for different crops to be grown in close proximity to each other, resulting in crop growth that is 30-50% faster than traditional methods.

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“We were concerned about potential fluctuations in power supply affecting the sensitive electrical equipment in the towers” Typical crops include leafy greens, herbs such as basil, coriander, oregano and mint, as well as salad leaves and microgreens, but IGS is experimenting with other crops, such as seed potatoes, strawberries and flowers that are used as botanicals for the flavour and fragrance industry. The IGS vertical farm system requires no pesticides and it is designed to be energy-efficient and to recycle all the

water from its closed system so it has a minimal environmental impact. That’s why this system is ideal for areas where water is limited, as well as for cities, as the guaranteed crop yields mean that IGS farms can provide ‘quick to market’ locally grown fruit and vegetables with minimal transport costs. James has been involved with IGS from the beginning as a consultant, and then as a contractor, and has witnessed the company grow from five engineers over the nine years to a team of 150, including a team of software engineers who develop crop-specific growth management systems for each tower specific to customers’ needs. He said: “My career has been very diverse, including owning a building services company for more than 25 years, installing the first battery storage facility in the Shetland Isles and introducing voltage stabilisers, optimisers and power factor correction onto the island of St Lucia. “IGS has provided a wonderful opportunity for me to learn about this new type of industry. “It’s been a rewarding experience and one that I think few electrical contractors have experience of today.”

Late arrivals at SELECT training courses can often be frustrating, but when Dave apologised for his tardiness because he’d just flown in from the USA, it was only polite to ask the reason for his visit across the pond. Further discussions revealed the technology involved and, with our interest duly piqued, a visit to JBE was arranged to see the project first-hand, with James showing off his handiwork. It was immediately apparent that this was innovative work that deserved a wider audience and which fellow SELECT Member firms would find interesting. The whole project – from the LED lighting rigs to the environmental controls and managing efficiencies – is full of elements that all electricians need to integrate successfully with other services, especially in this case where Dave and James were overcoming issues in a new field (quite literally). The whole project was really impressive and I wish them both continued success.

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FEATURES SOCIAL EVENTS

Get ready for some fun! Members are being invited to get in the swing and put their best foot forward as our ever-popular social events return this summer

By Linda Rolfe Events, Marketing & Communications Coordinator

MONDAY 16 MAY: Dunblane New Golf Club

Golfers from across Scotland will gather in Perthshire in May to compete for the famous silver trophy and socialise with colleagues. The event starts with soup and rolls before golfers tee off in a four-ball format. After a few hours on the course, it’s then back to the clubhouse for prizegiving and high tea. Places are always limited – so strike while the iron is hot and book your spot early!

It’s great to be out on the road for face-to-face events again, and as well as our Member Drop-Ins, Toolbox Talks and AGM on 1 June, SELECT will also be hosting a series of social get-togethers this year. These occasions have always proved popular in the past so please save the date and get in touch to find out how you can take part – it would be great to see you!

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This annual event sees Members, staff and office bearers stepping out in the Scottish countryside to raise funds for the Electrical Industries Charity. Families and well-behaved dogs will again be welcome to join this year’s jaunt, which will see us enjoy a five-mile trek along the Green Bridge Trail at Chatelherault Country Park in Hamilton. Lace up your walking boots and join us!

To find out more and reserve a place, go to the Events section at www.select.org.uk or email memberservices@select.org.uk

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FEATURES SAFE ISOLATION

Secure in the knowledge SELECT is handing out posters and a handy toolbox-sized version of its safe isolation flowchart to remind apprentices and adult trainees how to stay safe

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eeping safe isolation front of mind with the next generation of electricians is the latest initiative from the SELECT Technical team. The association is currently distributing Ten Steps to Safe Isolation posters to all 22 training centres used by the Scottish Electrical Charitable Training Trust (SECTT), to be displayed prominently as a reminder of safe working practices. Smaller durable versions, designed to fit handily into toolboxes, are also being made available to all 2,669 electrical apprentices and adult trainees currently training in Scotland. Running under the banner ‘Work dead safely: Stay alive’, the first resources were handed over to David

David Henderson and Bob Cairney with the new safe isolation poster and cards

Henderson, SECTT Assessment Centre Manager at Cambuslang, on Friday 18 March, by Bob Cairney, SELECT Director of Technical Services. David said: “These resources will help reinforce the importance of safe isolation for all apprentices and adult trainees and we will be encouraging all learners to include the toolbox cards as part of their day-to-day kit.” Bob added: “It’s vital that apprentices learn about safe isolation at the start of their career so good practice becomes second nature and helps keeps them and others safe. “We hope these resources will be a constant reminder of the need to work dead safely and stay alive.” The Barrie McKay

remaining posters and cards will now be distributed to the 21 Approved Centres around Scotland by Barrie McKay, Training and Development Manager at SECTT, with the help of SECTT Training Officers. Barrie said: “We are grateful to SELECT for producing and sharing these essential resources, which should be a central part of every apprentice’s toolbox.” The cards will also be handed out at SELECT’s upcoming Toolbox Talks in May and June, and posters are also available for Members on request.

If you would like any of the safe isolation posters or toolbox cards for your own apprentices, please email memberservices@select.org.uk

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FEATURES ALARM AMBASSADORS

Hot off the press

with stories about Member firms appearing in the Daily Record and local titles including The Peeblesshire News and Aberdeen Business News. As well as appearing in print, social media has been buzzing with the campaign, which attracted the attention of MPs, with the All-Party Parliamentary including Build Scotland, Project Carbon Monoxide Group (APPCOG) Scotland, Scottish Construction Now tweeting: “What a fantastic and Scottish Business News. initiative!” Individual installs Their interest led to subsequently hit the headlines SELECT, Aico and Care in the mainstream media, and Repair appearing at an online meeting Watch the video now of APPCOG on at bit.ly/aico-vid 10 March, delivering an in-depth update on the campaign. The previous day, Paul Erasmuson of Member firm Techni-Call Electrics helped keep up the promotion of the initiative when he was filmed carrying out an installation in Edinburgh, coordinated by Membership Representative Paul with householder Elaine Gilchrist. Paul Harries Paul, who is also Vice-Chair of the

Our installation initiative has really hit the headlines over the past two months, with local and national media spreading the good news about our Members’ generosity far and wide By Iain Mason Director of Membership & Communications

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t’s been heartening to see the wealth of coverage that our Alarm Ambassadors campaign has earned in print, online and even in video over the past two months. Since its launch on 4 February, the goodwill initiative has seen Members recognised for their work as they install free heat, smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms for vulnerable householders identified by the Care and Repair charity. The campaign, which is sponsored by Aico, initially made a big splash in the national trade press, with prominent articles in titles

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“The campaign gives people access to the contractors and kit they need to get their home up to scratch”

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Edinburgh and South-East Scotland Branch, was shown installing a heat, smoke and CO system in a specially commissioned Aico film. He told the video’s presenter, Aico Relationships Manager Tony Boyle: “This is an extremely important campaign because it gives people access to the contractors and kit they need to get their home up to scratch from a fire safety point of view.” Householder Paul Harries is filmed expressing his thanks for the installation too, adding: “I wouldn’t have been able to afford to do it myself.” The video – which is now on SELECT’s YouTube channel and Aico TV – also features SELECT Managing Director Alan Wilson, who tells viewers: “The Alarm Ambassadors scheme has proven the importance of providing that safety net for customers across Scotland and we’re keen to provide as much support as we can.” The video came hot on the heels of other installations, during which Member firms ensured vulnerable householders met the new standard and understood how to operate their system.

Keith Johnstone from Member firm J H Johnstone & Sons was among those who went above and beyond, installing additional alarms and an Aico Smartlink Module at a property in Borgue, Dumfries-shire. Fellow Member Electrical Solutions Network Ltd also went the extra mile in Prestwick, Ayrshire, with the company donating a free alarm controller to help the householders manage their devices on the high ceilings. Craig Wallace of Westmuir Electrical handed over a similar controller to elderly householder Margaret Kinnear when he carried out her installation in Dundee. And in Inverness, the alarms were fitted and demonstrated in a home by apprentice Damian Brown, under the watchful eye of dad Allan, who owns Browns Electrical Services. As CABLEtalk went to press, Alarm Ambassador installations

were continuing across Scotland, with contractors continuing the good work of their fellow Member firms. As well as raising the profile of SELECT and its Members, the resulting coverage will continue to reinforce the vital message to use a qualified electrician and compliant products. A full round-up of all the installations will appear in the next issue – in the meantime keep your eyes peeled online and in your local paper as SELECT Members continue to make the news.

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will swell the coffers further. I’m also preparing to host a fundraising race night in Penicuik, Midlothian, on Friday 3 June, which everyone is welcome to attend and have a flutter for a good cause. As for the training itself, I’m really

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stepping up the walking now spring has sprung, tackling the hills around Edinburgh with my trusty dog Diego and also doing weekly treadmill challenges with my university friends. I’m competitive like that! I’ve also booked a weekend away to the Lake District in May where I’ll hike up Scafell Pike in preparation for my jungle adventure. A reminder that I’m doing the Incan trek for electricians who might be struggling with illness, grief, metal health issues or money problems. So please head over to my fundraising page on the link below and give whatever you can to help the EIC keep helping others. And finally… if you’re attending the Toolbox Talks in May and June, I’ll be there with my Beat the Buzzer game, which will also help to raise funds. Come and say hello and have a go! Linda is training with dog Diego to prepare for her Peru trek


TECHNICAL PREMATURE COLLAPSE OF WIRING SYSTEMS

A cause for alarm

Our industry expert explains why it’s vital for electrical contractors to ensure that wiring systems are supported adequately in the event of a fire

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By Tim Benstead Chair, JPEL64/B

fter several tragic fire incidents, and following discussions with the Fire and Rescue Service, Regulation 521.11.201 (AMD 3 BS 7671: 2008) was introduced, its purpose being to limit the risk to firefighters entering or leaving a premises from entanglement by cables. Subsequently, there has been much confusion and discussion within the electrical installation industry relating to how this should be applied to premature collapse of wiring systems in escape routes. To add to this confusion,

other fire safety standards, such as BS 5266-1 (emergency lighting) and BS 5839-1 (fire detection and fire alarm systems), recommend the methods of cable support should be noncombustible and such that circuit integrity is not reduced below that afforded by the cable used, while maintaining adequate support. This article considers the development of Regulation 521.11.201/521.10.202 and whether premature collapse is a term that provides the necessary clarity of understanding when considering the Continued on page 32 >>>

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requirement in parallel with other fire safety standards, e.g. clause 26.2f of BS 5839-1.

Escape routes and BS 7671

The confusion inherent in the original regulation related to “escape route”. How should escape route be defined? The definition used in BS 7671 for escape routes was different to that used in other guides, regulations and legislation: ● BS 7671: “Path to follow for access to a safe area in the event of an emergency.” ● Building standards technical handbook: “A route by which a person may reach a place of safety.” ● Approved Document B in England and Wales: “That part which a person has to traverse before reaching either the safety of a final exit or the comparative safety of a protected escape route.” To add further confusion, there is also a definition for a “protected” escape route. Industry confusion, and the fact that firefighters may enter and leave premises by ways other than defined escape routes, meant that in a subsequent standard Regulation 521.11.201 required amending. To this end, the regulation was amended to delete the reference to escape route and renumbered 521.10.202 in BS 7671: 2018. The removal of escape routes means that the regulation now applies to all areas of the installation. A clear pathway through buildings is essential in the event of a fire

Fire safety standards

It has long been recognised that cables forming part of a critical signal path, such as fire detection and fire alarm systems (BS 5839-1 and 6), emergency lighting systems (BS 5266-1) and systems for life safety, firefighting etc (BS 8519) require continuing functionality during a fire. For example, clause 7.3 of BS 8519 states: “The life safety, fire-fighting and other critical system cables should be installed on a dedicated cable support system… and designed to maintain its

circuit integrity when exposed to fire conditions for at least the survival time in clause 5.” Clause 5 in BS 8519 gives minimum cable categories that relate to minimum fire survival times. This standard also references the fire survival time for cable support systems in clause 17. These recommendations are similar to those found in the BS 5839 series and BS 5266-1 for critical signal paths. The purpose of recommending minimum fire survival times is to ensure that the necessary fire safety systems continue to function during a fire. However, Regulation 521.10.202 of BS 7671 does NOT relate to the maintenance of any critical signal path. There is an argument for the application of such minimum fire survival times to systems other than fire safety systems, however it seems clear that other currently unforeseen issues would likely arise.

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Collapsing wiring systems can be a danger to firefighters

time; too early”. This plain meaning of premature is reasonable. Since the purpose of Regulation 521.10.202 is not to maintain the critical signal path, rather to limit the risk to firefighters, premature collapse should be considered in relation to that single purpose. Electrical contractors, network installers and the like are not expected,

or qualified, to judge how fires behave, the likely temperatures that will be attained, nor how firefighters will carry out their role within a premises that is on fire. It is important, therefore, that electrical contractors and other installers give due consideration to the support given to wiring systems to provide maximum reasonable application of Regulation 521.10.202. Such an approach places a great deal of responsibility on contractors to apply the regulation, not because they want to meet the minimum expectation vis-à-vis wiring systems, screws, wall plugs, etc, but rather because they want to protect firefighters who are working under extremely dangerous conditions. In practice therefore, an electrical contractor should consider, as a minimum, the following: ● Wall fixings – current industry guidance is that plastic wall plugs remain suitable for use. Careful consideration should be given to the mass of the wiring system that is to

SAVE 25% ON GUIDE TO FIRE ALARM SYSTEMS SELECT Members are being offered an exclusive discount on The Practical Guide to Grade D Fire Alarm Systems by Tim Benstead. Available at the special price of £14.96 – a saving of 25% – the book helps ensure that Grade D1/D2 fire detection and fire alarm systems are suitably designed, installed, commissioned and maintained, providing

guidance for the working electrician on: ● Fire risk assessment. ● Selecting appropriate grade/category of system. ● Maintenance and servicing. ● Situations requiring a logbook. The book gives a clear understanding of roles and responsibilities, whether as a contractor, designer, landlord or

housing manager, and provides a suitable context in which all such work should be carried out. To order the book, please go to: bit.ly/fire-book-offer

be supported (including the trunking, cable tray, etc with the cables in situ). Will the structure of the building maintain sufficient fire resistance to permit cables to avoid the need for metallic supports? Will such supports be sufficient if firefighters damage ceilings when applying water? ● Cable clips – metallic clips are essential as indicated by Note 3 and 4 of Regulation 521.10.202 ● Brackets or internal clips for PVC trunking – to keep the lid or cables in place (see Note 3 of Regulation 521.10.202).

Conclusion

There are two reasons why wiring systems are to be supported adequately in the event of a fire: ● To maintain the critical signal path for fire safety systems ● To limit the risk of firefighters becoming entangled during a fire. Regulation 521.10.202 applies to the second of these only. Reference should be made to the relevant fire safety standards when considering the maintenance of the critical signal path. Electrical contractors should carefully consider their responsibilities when installing wiring systems. Under fire conditions, failure to make the right choices may lead to serious consequences.

Tim Benstead is the former Principal Technical Author of the NICEIC, a member of JPEL64, Chair of JPEL64/B and a member of FSH12/1, the BSI committee responsible for BS 5839-1 and BS 5839-6 for 15 years. He writes with authority and understands the concerns of the contractor and those responsible for domestic premises.

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TECHNICAL CUT-OUT SEALS

Vital help is now at hand SELECT Members can now access a handy new SSEN document which outlines the correct procedures for removing and replacing security seals

By Keith Hagan Technical Adviser

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cottish & Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has produced a document which outlines their procedures for the removal and replacement of company cut-out seals by third-party electrical contractors. The document is downloadable and will be handy guidance for SELECT Members, who are among those who are permitted to remove such security seals for permitted works. The guidance is only applicable to works undertaken by electrical contractors within the Southern Electric Power Distribution and Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution licence areas. Information provided includes: ● Permitted works, i.e. the replacement of a domestic customer’s consumer unit or first stage of isolation on their network, covering single-phase and three-phase cut-outs, and removal

of security seals on the SSEN cut-out ● Works not permitted, including where the SSEN cut-outs are metalclad or have fused neutrals, where the supply is to commercial or industrial customers, and where the SSEN cut-out fuse has blown ● Labels and procedures for how contractors should obtain them ● Procedures for contractors to remove and replace cut-out fuses, including measures that should be taken before, during and after any work

● What to do if there is evidence of misuse ● What to do in any emergency situations. The document makes it clear that trade associations like SELECT shall ensure that their members are competent to remove and replace live cut-out fuses, ensuring safety is maintained at all times. It also emphasises that cut-out fuses must not be removed where the cut-out is damaged or showing signs of distress, where there is evidence of interference with the security seals, or evidence or suspicion of interference with the associated metering. With regard to ensuring safety is maintained at all times, it should be noted that SSEN staff are required to use a visor and insulated electrical gloves when undertaking live fuse removal and replacement. In addition to this information, the resource also lists a contact number for general enquiries, and outlines the measures to be taken if COVID-19 restrictions are in place.

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TRAINING EXPLOSIVE ATMOSPHERES

Staying alert to danger Our guest columnist discusses the importance of competence when working in explosive atmospheres – and how to ensure your workforce is equipped with the right knowledge and skills to avoid potentially catastrophic consequences

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By Huw Bement Director, CompEx

ompEx is the international scheme for competency validation and certification of those who work in explosive atmospheres, supporting practitioners in a range of industrial sectors. The Piper Alpha tragedy, which killed 167 workers on 6 July 1988, is considered to be the world’s deadliest oil rig accident. Lord Cullen’s enquiry led to more than 100 recommendations which transformed the UKCS oil and gas industry into a global leader of safety. As a direct result, the CompEx Scheme was launched in 1994 and now supports a wide range of industries with over 27,000 certified practitioners worldwide.

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result of unstable conditions where a mixture of air and various gases, vapours, mists or dust ignite and rapid combustion spreads to the entire unburned mixture. Incidents that result from these conditions can lead to loss of life, serious injury and substantial damage to plant and machinery. Choosing the right equipment and ensuring that it is installed and maintained correctly by competent workers is essential. International standards and UK regulations set out the responsibilities of employers to manage the risks associated with these hazardous areas. These regulations are relevant in a wide range of industrial settings, including: ● On and offshore petrochemical production facilities ● Distilleries, flourmills and other food processing sites ● Paint spraying, woodworking and other manufacturing ● Pharmaceuticals and household chemical operations ● Fuel forecourts, distribution and depots


control and mitigation measures that are set out by the HSE guidance. However, one of the most crucial points is that for both commissioning and ongoing maintenance, employers should ensure that their staff “are competent to undertake the task, e.g. CompEx trained”. It is a common misconception that it is sufficient to install appropriately rated equipment for the hazardous area zone that has been identified. Both international standards and DSEAR regulations clearly specify the need for competent staff as an essential part of the safe management of hazardous areas. In short, management and control of hazardous areas requires a holistic approach that considers people, plant and processes.

Where can I find the training for my team?

● Energy and utilities ● Maritime and shipping. Clearly defined working practices, competent personnel and leadership that supports a culture of safety are essential to avoid the potentially catastrophic consequences from an explosion.

Global standards and regulations

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 60079 standard series sets out the requirements for equipment, gas detectors and intrinsically safe equipment. It defines a variety of different methods of equipment protection, area classification, material characteristics along with some industry-specific standards. Critically, it also sets out the requirements for safe installation and inspection of equipment. Around the world, different regulatory environments exist to ensure worker and public safety. In the UK, the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmosphere Regulations (DSEAR) are concerned with preventing the harmful effects of fires and explosions. The Health and Safety Executive

(HSE) provides information and guidance on this area, explaining: “DSEAR require that any workplace where explosive atmospheres may occur are classified into hazardous zones based on the risk of an explosion occurring, and protected from sources of ignition by selecting equipment and protective systems on the basis of the categories set out in the Equipment and Protective Systems for Use in Potentially Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (EPS).” ATEX refers to the EU Directives relating to workplace safety and equipment protection. While EU regulation no longer applies in the UK, the ATEX term is familiar to many practitioners.

Competence is crucial

The ​​HSE provides a useful guide to controlling fire and explosion risks in the workplace, which explains when DSEAR applies, and what you need to do as an employer in order to comply. Once areas have been identified as potentially explosive atmospheres, they are designated into zones – this is referred to as Hazardous Area Classification. There are a wide range of elimination,

Through its extensive network of 22 UK training providers, CompEx offers a wide range of programmes from introductory awareness for general operatives to specialist practitioners, as well as supervisory and engineering design levels. With certifications catering for all levels of industry personnel, CompEx is dedicated to raising the profile of the importance of competence in explosive atmospheres. CompEx training providers are experts in hazardous areas and can offer further advice and guidance on what training and assessment will meet the needs of your employees and in turn enable you to provide your clients with a high-quality service.

A list of local training centres can be found at www.compex. org.uk/find-a-centre. For further information, contact CompEx directly at info@compex.org.uk HSE guidance can be found at www.hse. gov.uk/pubns/indg370.pdf and www.hse.gov.uk/fireandexplosion/ dsear-regulations.htm

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TRAINING COURSES UPDATE

Face-to-face classes back with a bang In-person learning is becoming popular again as SELECT delivers an increasing number of training courses at both The Walled Garden and external sites across Scotland

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he electrical industry and life in general seems to be opening up again, and our training courses are no different. We’re now running regular sessions at The Walled Garden in Penicuik, and it’s been good to see so many delegates in person again as life at SELECT HQ gets back to whatever the new normal is. In addition, we’re hosting an increasing number of training courses at external sites – including Aberdeen, Glasgow and Inverness – to ensure Members across Scotland can pick up new skills and stay compliant. Our one-day Initial

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Verification course (course COVID-19 is still with us, number 209) is just one these partner sites are example of a session that’s continuing to roll out now available in person in health and safety multiple locations, with measures to ensure all regular dates available. delegates feel protected. The two-day Periodic The SELECT Training Inspection course (214) is Centre itself also offers also now back to being temperature checks and delivered solely in the plenty of hand sanitiser classroom environment, and wipes provided to either in our dedicated ensure that delegates Training Centre or at an and tutors stay safe external location. throughout This particular their visit. course has seen Away from delegates using in-person tablets, which learning, reduces Visiting The Walled Garden paperwork for a training course? Watch and makes our video beforehand at things quick bit.ly/twg-visit and easy, meaning learners can finish in plenty of time to head home. To help keep up with demand, we’re also continuing to run courses in electric vehicle charge point installation (324) at our The training courses partner colleges in are a perfect way to Glenrothes and Paisley. improve your skills Because the risk of


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delegates both seem to enjoy getting back to face-to-face interaction again, so long may it continue! Further details on available courses can be found at www. select.org.uk, by calling SELECT Training on 0131 445 5577 or by e-mailing training@select.org.uk

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APPRENTICES MEMBER PROFILE

Investing in the industry of tomorrow

Livingston Building Services reveals why apprentices are so vital and the difference they can make to a business By Stewart McRobert Continued on page 42 >>> 40

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f you don’t have fresh talent coming through the ranks you stand still. And when you stand still you get overtaken by your competitors. That’s the philosophy embraced by Andy Russell, Operations Director at Livingston Building Services’ base, as he outlined the firm’s attitude towards apprenticeships. “Apprenticeships are vital,” he said. “These young people are the future of the business. At Livingston, we have a good reputation for training and development within the industry. We want to maintain that and build on it. Our apprentices are key to success.”

Ten-year plan

Andy explained how former apprentices had made their mark with the company. “Several have gone on to new roles including being part of our estimating team. Others have taken their building services degree and become project managers. One former apprentice has recently been promoted to contracts manager.” This is in line with the firm’s strategy to promote from within. There is a ten-year plan with the ultimate aim to have 70% of the senior management team having come through the business. “As part of that we need to bring in and develop apprentices and graduates,” said Andy. “At Livingston there are opportunities across the board, especially as we are a subsidiary company to Morris & Spottiswood Ltd.” Young recruits are taken through the requirements of the job by senior staff

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“We have a good reputation for training and development within the industry. We want to maintain that and build on it. Our apprentices are key to success” Recruitment aim

This focus on development is reflected in this year’s goal to take on more apprentices than usual. According to Andy, the company normally recruits between two and four electrical apprentices and two mechanical apprentices every year. However, in 2022, a period of growth means Livingston will take on up to six electrical apprentices. Andy said: “In other years I’d wait until May to start getting apprentices in, but I already have one person starting as a pre-apprentice, and we intend advertising and interviewing in March for our 2022 intake.


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TRAINING IN A TRADE THE BEST CHOICE FOR CHARLEY Charley Welch’s decision to turn her back on a university degree to learn a trade instead was, she says, an unusual but excellent decision. Charley, 22, is a Stage 3 electrical apprentice. She is a woman in a traditionally male world, but says her gender has never been an issue. “Everybody in Livingston has been brilliant. We have a wide range of people and they’ve all been really good to me. At times I’m the only female on a site with 30, 40 or 50 people and I just don’t notice. You get the occasional person saying, ‘My God, there’s a lassie on site’. But everyone

I’ve met has congratulated me on being a spark.” This was not Charley’s first career choice. Initially she had a place at Edinburgh Napier University to study biomedical science. However, a visit to the university’s open days convinced Charley that student life wasn’t for her. Fortunately, her dad used to work for Morris & Spottiswood. He was able to speak to Andy Russell at Livingston, and eventually it was suggested Charley try a pre-apprenticeship course at West College Scotland, Clydebank Campus. That proved a success and Charley

We have also reserved college spaces in advance. I want to get ahead of the curve because I know that come May/ June, every business will be looking for apprentices. “There’s a massive labour shortage across industry for a variety of reasons, including COVID and Brexit. “Some foreign workers have gone home and businesses haven’t been bringing through the right number of apprentices.” Even greater reason to bring on more young people and make sure they get the right training. At Livingston that means getting

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moved on to a full-time apprenticeship with Livingston immediately after. That was June 2018. There followed experiences including fitouts for major developments by Diageo and G4S. The latter provided a boost for Charley’s confidence. She said: “The supervisor was Chris Callaghan who is well respected across the Livingston team and I give him so much credit. He pushed me out of my comfort zone.” Charley added: “The prospect of another three to five years in an educational environment was daunting. But I feel like

I’ve just slotted into where I was meant to be. Now, I couldn’t see myself doing anything else.” Charley’s keen to get experience off site and in the office and will be completing her first year of an HNC in electrical engineering course in June. Charley said: “I’d recommend the apprenticeship, 100%. Everyone says it’s great to have a trade behind you. That’s so true, and when you work for a good company it’s even better. We need more people in the industry. And it would be fantastic if some of them were women.”

involved in a wide variety of projects, own assessments every three months from factories to banks, offices, and ensuring the apprentices get the hospitals. “It’s that type of required support QUICK FACTS varied experience that and guidance. improves their skills in the Andy said: “Apprentices trade,” said Andy. really have to knuckle down and focus. I keep close to Structure and support them to make sure they are Equally important is good getting the correct training support from SECTT. “I must and developing in line with admit the relationship we have their development plan. with SECTT is fantastic,” he If they are struggling, we said. “A lot of our management give them support to get team have come through the things moving in the apprenticeship programme Livingston right direction. and know many of the people Building “When all’s said and at SECTT from being in the Services Ltd done, our apprentices carry industry. They’re great. If there the future of our business are ever any issues you just BASED: in their hands. Properly need to contact them for Livingston managed, the modern advice and support. PHONE: apprenticeship allows them “We work strictly under the 01506 442 669 to get the vital skills, SJIB agreement which keeps WEBSITE: knowledge and experience a uniform pay and rule livingstonme. they need. That’s why I’d structure across the team.” co.uk have no hesitation in Andy works closely with the recommending it.” colleges and SECTT to make sure all is running smoothly with the company’s apprentices. He receives Spotlight on an award-winning regular reports and training officers trainee in this year’s Scottish are often on site carrying out reviews. Apprenticeship Week video Internally, the company conducts its Pages 44&45 CABLEtalk

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APPRENTICES MEMBER VIDEO

‘I want to Choosing an electrical apprenticeship proved to be an awardwinning experience for one youngster at a SELECT Member firm, as he explains in this year’s film for Scottish Apprenticeship Week By Iain Mason Director of Membership & Communications

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t’s been quite a year for Cameron Wood, who’s seen his professional work recognised at the highest level and is now inspiring other would-be science – it was always the electrical apprentices bit I was good at. J S Hardie on the small screen. “In high school we only Electrical After picking up the 2021 scratched the surface of SJIB Apprentice of the Year understanding how electricity BASED: award in December and works, but in college we Lauder appearing on the cover of went into depth which was PHONE: CABLEtalk, the 21-year-old really interesting. 01578 722 546 stars in the latest special “You’re actually doing it and SELECT video for Scottish seeing how it works in person, Apprenticeship Week (SAW). rather than sitting in a Entitled Supporting People, Employers classroom looking at a drawing board.” Cameron, who attended Borders and the Economy – the theme of this College in Galashiels, Roxburghshire, year’s SAW – the film sees Cameron went on: “An apprenticeship gives you a discussing the many benefits of an trade which is universal and can be used electrical apprenticeship. anywhere in the world really. Plus you’re Filmed on location at a project in the Borders, Cameron explained why he getting paid from a young age – and the chose an electrical career, revealing: “I wage is quite good. always found electricity quite interesting “Every day is totally different. One day at school, in physics and engineering you can be in a house, another you’re at a 44

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“It was great to see the customer smiling at the end – he was really pleased with it” farm or industrial site, so it changes all the time. It’s really interesting and such a vast field, which I really like. In school you don’t always want to be in class, but I want to be here and want to learn, which really pushes me on.” Cameron also revealed one of the


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be here’ projects of which he’s most proud, saying: “We did a house in a village called Stow that was a new build, just from total start to finish. There were downlights everywhere, outside lights and LED tape in the kitchen, and it all looked really good when it was finished. It was great to see the customer smiling at the end – he was really pleased with it.” The video also features an interview with Cameron’s t a o e vide Watch th -2022 boss at J S Hardie W bit.ly/SA Electrical, David Hardie, who believes apprenticeships provide unrivalled grounding for the journey ahead. He said: “Apprenticeships are important as you need apprentices coming through to ensure there’s new blood and keep the supply of tradesmen going. “Apprentices do learn a lot of things that they might not necessarily use to start with, and depending where they work they might not cover everything on the job immediately. But very quickly they hopefully learn to do other things and get bigger and bigger jobs to

do themselves as they progress. Certainly Cameron brought a lot of enthusiasm and was very keen and interested. He showed a lot of interest in things and asked a lot of relevant questions.” Now available to view on SELECT’s YouTube channel, the video was made in partnership with the Scottish Joint Industry Board (SJIB), the Scottish Electrical Charitable Training Trust (SECTT) and Unite the Union. Fiona Harper, Director of Employment and Skills at SELECT, and also The Secretary of the SJIB, said: “In this latest video, Cameron follows in the footsteps of other apprentices in Scotland who have outlined the many advantages of their training. “We will now use it to spread the message about apprenticeships far and wide and encourage more people to consider the electrical industry as a rewarding career option.” SECTT helps politicians across the country meet the industry’s talent of tomorrow Pages 46-49

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By Anne Galbraith Chief Executive, SECTT

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fter the frustrations of the past two years, Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2022 was a huge success as we were once again able to hit the road and showcase the wide range of work carried out by the Scottish Electrical Charitable Training Trust (SECTT). I was delighted to organise a number of MSP visits on behalf of the Scottish Government through Skills Development Scotland, which helped recognise the high-quality training we manage on behalf of the Scottish Joint Industry Board (SJIB). One such event saw the SNP’s Elena Whitham visit SELECT Member firm Millar Electrics Ltd in Cumnock, Ayrshire, where she was given a guided tour by Manager Andrew Whiteford. Ms Whitham, who is the MSP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, said: “Local employers such as Millar Electrics are key to the success of the apprenticeship scheme. “The commitment from employers, along with support from the Scottish Government, Skills Development

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Succes in the spotlight This year’s Scottish Apprenticeship Week once again saw SECTT play a vital role, as MSPs met the electricians of tomorrow at three SELECT Member firms and learned first-hand how they’re being equipped with vital skills for the future

Scotland, SECTT and local colleges, creates a collaborative approach that will get many young people into well paid and satisfying jobs, backed up by recognised qualifications.” During her visit, Ms Whitham meet 1st Stage apprentice Ciaran Houston, who said: “I am really happy that Millar Electrics have given me the opportunity to begin an electrical apprenticeship. “We get a variety of experience working with local authorities and other clients on exciting projects which will only be beneficial for me throughout my apprenticeship.” Andrew also used the visit to praise the ongoing work of SECTT, adding: “In my ten years here, I have been impressed with SECTT and their management of the SJIB training scheme. We have found their support to be excellent, both to our business and the students. Site visits, feedback

to employers on how apprentices are getting on at college, extra training when required and at different stages where individuals need to work on their practical learning on-site; this is

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all very well organised and benefits all involved. There is still a shortage of skilled workers across Scotland but we will continue to make commitments to local individuals looking to start careers, which would not be possible without the apprenticeship scheme and training officers.”

Distilling advice

Orkney MSP Liam McArthur also raised a glass to apprenticeships when he met a trainee currently working at the island’s world-famous Highland Park Distillery. Liberal Democrat Mr McArthur – who is also Deputy Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament – spoke to 3rd Stage apprentice Ryan Watt, who is learning his trade at the distillery as part of his training with local firm RS Merriman. Afterwards Mr McArthur said: “It was great to meet Ryan, whose experience of the scheme has clearly been very positive and shows the benefits of

TRIO ON HAND FOR CAMPUS OPEN DAY Glasgow Clyde College, Cardonald Campus, held an open day during Scottish Apprentice Week, attended by Stuart Jack, SECTT Training Officer, and lecturers Mark Rice and William Rose. The event was a great success with a steady stream of young people interested in becoming electricians.

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providing opportunities for workbased learning alongside college studies. “Apprenticeships are a tried and tested way to develop our workforce for the future. They are a great way to get into the world of work, particularly for young people, and offer employers significant benefits too. “I was therefore encouraged to hear that interest in apprenticeships, both amongst school leavers and local businesses, is on the increase. “As we seek to build a fairer, greener economic recovery from the pandemic, it is important that we commit to an even wider range of apprenticeships, which will be critical for building a high-skilled economy.” Mr McArthur was accompanied on his visit to the distillery by RS Merriman Director Brian Muir and Ally Bain, an electrician with the SELECT Member firm.

Also present was Frank Mitchell, Skills Development Scotland (SDS) Chair and Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board Co-Chair, who said: “When it comes to supporting sustainable skills through workforce development or providing opportunities for young people, we know that apprenticeships work. “The combination of commitment from employers and the backing of Scottish Government will ensure apprenticeships work for everyone, making a significant contribution to Scotland’s recovery and growth.”

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Scottish Apprenticeship Week also saw MSP Alison Johnstone visit CableCom Electrical Ltd in Edinburgh, where she spoke at length about the importance of apprenticeships in Scotland. During her visit to the SELECT Member firm, the Lothian MSP – who is also the Scottish Parliament’s Presiding Officer – spoke with Managing Director Jim Sayers, Operations Director Graeme Lawson, 3rd Stage apprentice Jake Hendry and

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1st Stage apprentice James O’Hara. Jim outlined details of the SJIB programme from recruitment to FICA, and also explained what expectations were placed on the apprentices – and the rewards available to them if they apply themselves throughout their apprenticeship. He said “These apprentices are the lifeblood of the industry and our company, so we invest in getting them

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A TASTE OF POST-LOCKDOWN LIFE For SAW, we asked David Frew, SECTT Training Officer, Fife and Forth Valley, to give us a flavour of what life is like for apprentices now life is returning to normal: “There’s no doubt that the last two years have been very challenging for apprentices, colleges and the SECTT team,” he said.. “However, I was very pleased with the way that the majority of colleges approached non-direct teaching during lockdown and, while not ideal, the willingness of apprentices to embrace new methods certainly helped, too. “While workshop time did continue last year,

workshop numbers were still limited due to COVID-19 control measures. All students completed all parts as they would in any other year, but under very different circumstances. “Discussing these hybrid measures with apprentices and lecturers, it was clear they served a purpose but were still very challenging, so thankfully Fife College’s Stenton Campus is among those who have returned to full face-toface teaching. “This year we have enjoyed a very healthy intake, with two full classes. All 1st Stage apprentices seem to be

the best training we can and allow them to experience as many aspects of the trade as possible. “Coupled with the college course, this means that these apprentices should be able to work anywhere in the industry and progress within the company to various positions – including ultimately my own!” Both James and Jake told the MSP that they were very happy with their apprenticeship, the balance between site and college, and the many aspects of their trade. They added that their college coursework covers everything they need to know and equips them with practical abilities that may not be covered on-site. In turn, Ms Johnstone explained to Jake and James how she was working with colleagues in the Scottish Parliament to help bring SELECT’s campaign for protection of title to fruition. She said regulation would help them once they are qualified and added that it’s still hard to believe that the title of electrician is not protected. She also asked the apprentices about

enjoying the start to their new careers and, although there have been some minor COVID-19 issues, they’ve generally escaped disruption. As usual, they really enjoy the practical approach and workshop time too! “It’s also been beneficial that colleges took the approach that SECTT apprentices were a priority and were first back in college for face-to-face teaching. “What makes the SJIB programme different from many other practical courses is that the theory goes hand-in-hand with the practical and it’s very difficult to deliver either in isolation.”

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employers in total have taken on apprentices in Scotland their options at school and whether university was promoted, but both stated that the electrical apprenticeship was at the top of their list when leaving. Also present during the tour were SECTT Training and Development Manager Barrie McKay and SDS Government Liaison and Information Executive John Hollis. John told the group that apprenticeships were extremely important for the country and that SDS is busy promoting them as a practical alternative to university. Barrie added: “We all agree in this room that the future is electric due to the climate challenges that we are facing.

“Much of the coursework learnt at college has a focus on energy efficiency and technologies such as air and ground source heat pumps, photovoltaic panels and electric vehicle charging. “This sets up the apprentices of the future with a clear vision of what is required if we are to meet our climate targets.”

SECTT manages high-quality training on behalf of the SJIB. To find out more about SECTT and its work, call 0131 445 5659, email admin@sectt.org.uk or visit www.sectt. org.uk CABLEtalk

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FOCUS PRIVATE MEDICAL INSURANCE

By Vicki Leslie Client Relationship Manager, EC Insurance Services Limited

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C Insurance Services Limited (ECIS) was founded in 1980 to provide healthcare benefits to the electrical contracting industry to help businesses and their employees thrive. Since then, we’ve grown into a chartered insurance broker, providing a range of employee benefits and insurance products. These include private medical insurance (PMI), cash plans, health assessments, and tools insurance to electrotechnical and engineering service businesses. Our team of experts work to find employee benefits packages best suited to your business needs. Acting on your behalf, we do the hard work for you and obtain terms from a range of insurance providers. As well as SELECT Members, we facilitate PMI schemes on behalf of the SJIB, ECA and JIB and have more than 1,000 businesses providing the scheme as part of their employee benefits packages. Our team has a wealth of experience in health and wellbeing benefits, so we thought we would bust some common myths about PMI…

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EC Insurance Services are the latest organisation to build on their longstanding relationship with SELECT to become an Associate Member. Here they explain who they are and what they do, bust some common myths around private medical insurance and answer the most frequently asked questions about the service they can offer to Members MYTH 1

PMI is expensive Perhaps one of the biggest myths associated with PMI is cost. With NHS waiting times increasing, looking after your employees’ wellbeing could be one of the best investments you’ll make. There are benefit level options to help find the right cover to fit your budget. In a recent conversation with

Simon Morgan of the Wessex Group, Simon commented: “The investment we make in

staff benefits is paid back through greater efficiency, reduced absence, better productivity, and our reputation as an employer of choice.” Hugh Wright from ECIS adds: “It’s important to look beyond the cost and consider the value that employee benefits such as PMI add to your business. The business case for providing additional support for employees is compelling.”


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Clients may believe that their NHS access becomes restricted or compromised when they take out a PMI policy. This could not be further from the truth – PMI is designed to complement and support the NHS, and they work together for the best patient outcome.

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My staff are young, fit and healthy, so I don’t need PMI PMI is not just for older people or those more likely to suffer a serious illness. It provides health care services for all ages to take advantage of, with everything from muscle and back injuries being covered to physiotherapy sessions and mental health support.

HOW CAN WE HELP? ECIS would love the opportunity to help SELECT Members and their businesses. For more information on our products and services, visit our website at www.ecins.co.uk or contact us at 0330 221 0241. Your Member Representative can also provide further information.

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Medical insurance FAQs With the myths well and truly taken care of, here are some of the PMI questions that we get asked most frequently…

Do I need a full medical to take out PMI?

We do not require people to under go a full medical examination. We may offer medical history disregarded underwriting in some cases, which means pre-existing conditions are not excluded, and cover can be provided without filling in a medical form.

Can I add my family to my policy?

Yes. Adding family members to a policy couldn’t be simpler. You need their name, dates of birth and address, and they can be added through the Canopy employer portal. Alternatively, the information can

be sent to the ECIS benefits team, who can process the addition. The premium for the family members can be paid by the company and recovered from the employees’ salary, or the employee can pay for the cover directly.

Being independent means we work for you

Since 1980 we have been helping people get the best healthcare cover for their needs. In keeping with that same passion for helping people, our independence means that we are not tied to just one insurer. So, for example, if the BUPA scheme is not the right fit for you and your staff, we will find a PMI product that is. We’re here to make the process easy and understandable, while our online platform makes it manageable. We’re an open book. CABLEtalk

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It’s a jungle Our expert gets his teeth into a recent issue raised by a SELECT Member – and urges other professionals to always be careful of what lurks in the contractual undergrowth

retention come from? It’s taken, of course, from progress payments acknowledged as DUE to you. So, this dreadful clause – which was an amendment to the sub-contract conditions published by the Scottish Building Contract Committee (SBCC) – seeks to deny that the money is yours from the outset. This is contractual THEFT! The upshot is this: If your paying party goes into insolvency, you have lost your rights to retention, assuming that there are any monies left in the insolvent’s estate to repay outstanding retentions. But the clause goes much further, and this is where the theft bit comes in. You have, in effect, forfeited 5% of your due payments which, quite possibly, represents your margin, or a major part of your margin. So please, don’t EVER sign up to such a clause. On the contrary, demand to know how the other party intends to keep your monies safe.

By Professor Rudi Klein Barrister and SELECT consultant

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The Contract Particulars in the SBCC sub-contract documentation need to be read carefully. The standard retention

PODCAST FOCUSES ON WHAT’S IMPORTANT Rudi Klein and Len Bunton were special guests on the latest MacRoberts podcast, during which they discussed current issues facing the construction sector. Hosted by Neil Kelly, Head of Construction at

MacRoberts, the latest Sector Sessions episode covered: ● Payment and project bank accounts ● The adjudication process ● The Conflict Avoidance Pledge

● Retentions ● Quality of works and payment. This podcast is available on iTunes, Spotify and Google Podcasts by searching for ‘MacRoberts’. You can also listen to it at bit.ly/mcr-pod


out there! percentage is stated to be 3% but an alternative percentage can be inserted, usually 5%, however watch out for a greater figure. There is a stated minimum retention amount of £250, unless a greater amount is stated, plus a retention bond option which is often struck out.

Retention release

Retention release in the SBCC’s sub-contract documentation is controversial, with the Contract Particulars requiring a retention release date to be specified. If this is not specified, it is the day after expiry of a period – the rectification period – from the date for completion of the main contract works, or the last section of them, plus a further six months. The date for completion of the main contract works should be stated. The main contract rectification period is normally 12 months. The controversy arises because the length of time for sub-contract retention release can be particularly onerous if your sub-contract completion is well ahead of main contract completion. Moreover what happens – as will often be the case – when main contract completion is

“Think about it. Where does your retention come from? It’s taken, of course, from progress payments acknowledged as DUE to you”

delayed beyond any stated date for such completion? In such a case, there will not be an adequate mechanism for determining WHEN sub-contract retentions are to be released. Instead, the scheme for construction contracts kicks in and you can demand release of your outstanding retentions. Release becomes due within seven days of asking for the retentions to be released.

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GOT A QUESTION FOR RUDI? If you have a query you would like Rudi to help with, please email iain.mason@select.org.uk Rudi answers Members’ questions: Page 54

NEW GUIDE OFFERS HANDY ADVICE A new guide to managing retentions in construction and how to get money back is now available to download. Produced by Payapps, the PDF outlines everything you need to know about managing retention, including: ● What is retention and what is its purpose? ● How does the retention process work? ● Current debate around construction retention ● Retention construction law and how to mitigate the risk of retention payment delays ● Process to follow if payment is not released when expected. The guide can be downloaded at bit.ly/ret-guide CABLEtalk

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FOCUS MEMBER QUESTIONS

Stay in control Our industry expert is always here to help untangle commercial and contractual issues. Here, he answers some points of topical interest recently raised by SELECT Members By Professor Rudi Klein Barrister and SELECT consultant

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I’m increasingly seeing that some other contractors are revisiting previous payment applications and reducing amounts previously paid on the basis that an interim application allows that. I strongly disagree with such a practice. I think that one way round this is that when an item is agreed, a subsequent payment application should put the words “agreed amount” against these items. What are your thoughts, Rudi? You mentioned cases of main contractors subsequently changing/revising the amounts stated in payment notices. The recent English case of Down Road Development v Laxambhai Construction makes clear that amounts stated in payment notices must be genuine and not inserted as stop-gap figures to be changed later. But the very nature of interim payments is that they can be subsequently revised.

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Holding your payer bound by a particular payment so that it cannot subsequently be revised may not help a payee in the event that it is discovered that an error has been made and that it is the payee who wants to revise the amount in question. I don’t think that we can do much to address this other than ensure that the payee is following the contractual/statutory process for determining the timing of payment and entitlement.

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I’ve heard of a couple of instances recently where a sub-contractor made an application for payment and the contractor paid nothing. They argued that the employer had not paid them. Is it sensible to make a Freedom of Information (FoI) request in these circumstances? You can make an FoI request of the client if it is a public body. In this case, the client may

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respond that this is a private commercial matter between it and the main contractor. But, more importantly, the main contractor cannot rely on a ‘pay when paid’ provision to deny payment, provided that the client is solvent. Section 113 in the Construction Act outlaws ‘pay when paid’.

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Most contracts say that the sub-contractor is free to inspect the main contract conditions but more often than not, I know that some sub-contractors fail to do that. What’s your advice? If the sub-contract incorporates the main contract terms, this causes untold difficulties and ambiguities for both parties. These can’t be overcome simply by being able to inspect the main contract. For example, the main contract payment terms are unlikely to fit into the sub-contract where main contract payment entitlement is governed by a certification process. Incorporation of the whole of the main contract is likely to result in major disputes as to the extent to which the main contract provisions can easily be accommodated within the sub-contract.

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FOCUS LEGAL LEGAL ISSUES

Clarity over contracts

The legal experts at MacRoberts address some of the most frequently asked questions around contracts in the first of a series of useful guides

oil/natural gas and the extraction of minerals, in addition to contracts with residential occupiers.

Is a sub-contractor obliged to follow a main contractor’s programme of works?

By David Wilson, Partner What constitutes a “construction contract”?

A construction contract, in terms of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 (“the Construction Act”), is an agreement with a person for: ● The carrying out of construction operations ● Arranging for the carrying out of construction operations ● Providing labour for the carrying out of construction operations. The definition extends to include agreements with construction professionals to carry out associated works such as design or surveying work, as well as engineering, interior/exterior decoration or landscaping works relating to construction operations. Works included within the definition of ‘construction operations’ are broadly defined under the Construction Act, as are those which are excluded. Some examples of excluded works include drilling for, or the extraction of,

Many standard form contracts provide that a main contractor should produce a programme. However, it is not commonplace for a contract to expressly state that the programme must be followed. This is also true in relation to sub-contractors. A subcontractor is usually not obliged to follow a main contractor’s programme of works unless expressly provided for in the subcontract.

Can a contractor suspend performance for non-payment?

Where a contract is ‘included’ under the Construction Act, a contractor may suspend performance for non-payment of goods or services. In addition to the statutory right to suspend for non-

payment, parties may also agree contract terms giving the right to suspend performance for other reasons, such as a failure to provide an agreed payment security.

Are ‘pay when paid’ clauses valid?

‘Pay when paid’ clauses allowed contractors to pass the risk of the paying party not being able to pay them down the contractual chain (e.g., the subcontractor’s entitlement to payment became dependent on the contractor receiving payment from the employer). Following the enactment of the Construction Act, ‘pay when paid’ clauses became limited in their effect to only situations where the third party further up the chain who is making the payment is insolvent. For more advice, please feel free to get in touch with a member of our construction department. Additional information: Joshua Grieveson,Trainee Solicitor

LEGAL HELPLINE Specialist construction lawyers MacRoberts offer SELECT Members 20 minutes of free assistance on areas of Scottish law. This

includes specialist legal advice in the fields of commercial contracts, construction, health and safety, employment and personal injury. To get

help with any issues you’re having, just call 0141 303 1111.

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FOCUS NUTRITION AND HEALTH

Giving food for thought Neglecting your nutrition and diet can seriously impact your wellbeing, but luckily the Electrical Industries Charity can help, as this case study shows By Tessa Ogle Managing Director and CEO, Electrical Industries Charity

and renewables. Holly’s husband had experienced significant trauma as a child which he suppressed until he became unable to cope, refusing to seek professional help and thinking of suicide as his only way out. Holly turned to controlling her eating as a way of managing her emotions at a difficult time. As a result, her weight dropped at a concerningly fast rate and she lost nearly nine stone in a very short period of time. She was suffering from an eating disorder – a mental health condition whereby she used the control

of food to cope with challenging situations. Through her job, Holly was made aware of the EIC. Holly spoke with the charity and opened up about the struggles her husband was experiencing and the EIC sourced professionals and explored possible support. Holly felt a huge sense of relief that her husband was now going to be adequately supported. As a result, she was also ready to allow support for herself. With her eating disorder being her hugely detrimental coping strategy, the EIC sought help with a dietician and Holly also engaged in sessions with a therapist. With the right support put in place for both Holly and her husband, they were able to turn a corner. The treatment they received was due to the assistance of the EIC and the powerLottery, which helps fund ongoing support for thousands of electricians and their families. Without powerLottery, EIC would not be able to offer support to people like Holly and her husband. Find out how you can help your industry colleagues by playing the EIC powerLottery at www. electricalcharity.org/lottery SELECT Members can access support seven days a week on the EIC’s free and confidential helpline, 0800 652 1618, which is open 8am-8pm Monday-Friday and 8am-1pm on weekends. Help is also available by emailing support@electricalcharity.org

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e know that a healthy diet and lifestyle are vital to maintaining our wellbeing, with a poor diet leading to a whole host of problems, from high cholesterol to cancer. Whereas these can too often be problems of excess, malnutrition is also a serious problem, and can result in stunted growth, problems with eyesight and diabetes. This was the case for Holly and her husband, who both worked in generation CABLEtalk

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PRO ZONE News from our Associate Members and the wider Illuminating new courses available from Signify Signify, the world leader in lighting, has recently announced two new CIBSEaccredited continuing professional development (CPD) courses, covering two important consumer topics. Aimed at installers, specifiers of lighting and technicians, Controls, Systems & Connected Lighting focuses on how connected lighting can be crucial to designing an energy-efficient system, along with its benefits and applications.

The second CPD, UV-C for Disinfection: General Awareness Training, focuses on UV-C lighting for disinfection, how it works, research conducted to date, the benefits, safety considerations and applications to help keep air and surfaces free from viruses and bacteria. The courses are available as either face-to-face or virtual training. To find out more, email matt.burton@ signify.com

CLICK SMART+ RANGE BOOSTED WITH NEW DECORATIVE SOCKET OPTIONS In anticipation of growing demand, Scolmore has added a raft of new decorative sockets to its Click Smart+ range. The comprehensive range of Click Smart+ products launched last year was created to simplify and streamline connected home products – lighting controls, smart sockets, security cameras and sensors. Now the company has added smart products in some of its most popular ranges. One and two-gang smart sockets are available in the Definity screwless, Deco+ premium decorative and

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Deco decorative wiring accessories ranges. A new Click Smart+ Fused Connection Unit has also been added to the Mode antiviral and antibacterial smart wiring accessories range. Installation is simple and flexible, with no additional cables or wall cutting required, making it ideal for all buildings. The bespoke Click Smart+ App gives householders ultimate control of the smart devices, which can also be operated through voice control in conjunction with a smart speaker. Visit www.click-smart.com

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A faster fit with Aurora downlights Aurora has launched new FastRFix™ connectors to ensure super-quick installations with its RSeries™ fire rated downlights.

These IP65 downlights allow users to choose the most suitable and desired colour and wattage on installation. They offer single colour, colour switchable and wattage and colour switchable options. Colour switchable options are 3000K, 4000K and 5700K, while wattage and colour switchable options are 4W, 6W, 8W and 3000K, 4000K

OVIA’S IMPROVED INCEPTOR NANO V2 IS LIGHTING UP THE MARKET Ovia has enhanced the performance of its Inceptor Nano fire-rated, dimmable downlight. The new Inceptor Nano V2 packs an array of features into its shallow profile. Its powerful SMD light source, paired with a 60⁰ multi-faceted, halogen-effect lens, produces exceptional light quality. The lumen output has risen to 93LM/W warm white and 103LM/W cool white and it offers 35,000 hours’ lifetime. There are two Nano V2 models – fixed and adjustable.

Both feature a compact, high-powered driver, which is suitable for installation in a fire rated ceiling, as well as the Flow Connector, the pre-wired connection system that speeds up installation and allows faster removal. There are 12 Inceptor Nano V2 products in the range, with both the fixed and adjustable bezel designs available in three finishes – white, chrome and satin chrome – and in two colour temperatures – warm white and cool white. Find out more at www.oviauk.com


industry and 5700K, offering a total of 36 combinations. Developed with the contractor in mind, the RSeries™ has been designed for an extremely easy and quick install. It comes with a detachable driver with colour coded, loop-in loop-out push terminals for use with either solid or stranded cable. A screwless cable strain relief allows you to simply close the cap to secure the cables in place for a fully tool-free installation. The range provides a 50,000-hour lifetime and an extended five-year warranty. The downlights have a slim height of 50mm – ideal for low ceiling voids. They are supplied with a white IP65 polycarbonate bezel, with matt black, polished chrome and satin nickel options. Find out more by visiting www.auroralighting.com

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Update to FlexelTouch WiFi units Flexel is rolling out a major firmware update to all existing FlexelTouch WiFi units connected to the internet. The update is automatic so there is no need for complicated manuals to enjoy the latest features, including: • Google and Amazon devices: Users can now connect FlexelTouch WiFi with Alexa and Google devices, allowing them to control their thermostats from one platform. In addition to manual settings, voice control can also be used. • Professional Mode: As well as several fixes, this new mode is designed for use in commercial applications where unauthorised changes to thermostat settings are disabled, e.g.

THREE ADDITIONS TO POPULAR UNICRIMP TRADE TUB LINE-UP Unicrimp, part of the Scolmore Group of companies, has expanded its popular range of Q-Crimp Trade Tubs with three new tub additions – T&E Metal & Plastic Cable Clips, Clout Nails, and Red Plastic Wall Plugs & Squarelock Anti-Tamper Woodscrews. The Trade Tubs provide installers with a range of the most popular fixings and clips in a durable, re-sealable plastic tub with carry handle. They are compact in size, robust design and feature

convenient dividers – making them ideal to transport from job to job. Unicrimp’s full range of Q-Crimp fixings, along with the new Trade Tubs additions, are contained in the updated Unicrimp Issue 10 catalogue, which is available to download now from the Unicrimp website or via the Scolmore Group App. For further information contact Unicrimp on 01827 300600, sales@unicrimp.com or visit www.unicrimp.com

hotels, guest houses or public areas. Professional Mode is activated via the menu, after which only the current heating mode and the temperature set point are visible on screen. This means that the guest/user can only set the preferred temperature and language in the menu rather than having full function control. • Company logo display: Companies can now create and upload a company logo as a screen saver for a given group of thermostats. The logo needs to be provided in the .bmp format with the dimensions 320x240 pixels. FlexelTouch WiFi comes with a floor sensor probe for use with UFH products and Air Sensing option for use with its Far Infrared Heaters. Find out more at www.flexel.co.uk

SUSTAINABILITY AT THE HEART OF SNICKERS’ SEASONAL WORKWEAR Snickers Workwear’s LITEWork new spring and summer range puts sustainability at the core of every garment. It combines all the features of high-performance sportswear with quick-drying 37.5® Technology fabric that’s functional as well as providing UPF 40+ sun protection. It’s also longer-lasting than other comparable workwear. There are new trousers, shirts, shorts, and jackets and a high-vis

range with new styles and stretch features for enhanced freedom of movement. There are also trousers that feature the bio-based Sorona® fibre for a greener approach. For more information on Snickers’ range and its sustainability philosophy, you can call the Helpline on 01484 854788, check out the wesbite at www.snickersworkwear.co.uk or email sales@hultaforsgroup.co.uk

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PRO ZONE News from our Associate Members and the wider

Become an Aico Take back control Expert Installer with Thorn’s new Aico, the European market leader in home life safety, offers free, award-winning Expert Installer training for installers across the UK. Effective protection relies on having the best alarms correctly installed, so this training scheme is designed to provide all the information needed to install fire and carbon monoxide alarm systems and environmental sensors. Expert Installer training is FIA CPD accredited, allowing installers to earn one hour of CPD time. The modules include: • Expert Installer Core Module • British Standard – BS 58396:2019+A1:2020 • Building regulations for domestic fire alarm systems • System categories and grades • Smoke alarm sensor types • Carbon monoxide standards

TIS ticking all the right boxes In conjunction with its multi award-winning EVSE testing equipment, TIS will be highlighting its other associated products throughout 2022 in this massive growth market

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and legislation • System installation • Alarm interconnection • Alarm data extraction. Aico also has an additional range of CPD-accredited sessions, including Scottish Legislation, Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 and Smart Home – The LINK. All Expert Installers are invited to join the online Aico Installer Community, which allows them to connect with fellow professionals, share knowledge and best practice, learn new skills and continue Expert Installer training. Completing challenges allows installers to earn points that can be exchanged for rewards and there are monthly prize draws for members. To sign-up for Expert Installer training, please visit www.aico. co.uk/our-services/expertinstaller-training

for the industry. As well as equipment for testing EVSEs, TIS also offers solutions for solar PV testing, power quality and harmonic analysis, load monitoring and a new combined AC and DC leakage clampmeter, plus all-important safe isolation equipment. To find out more, please visit www.testinstrument solutions.co.uk

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Omega Pro 2 Omega Pro 2 from Thorn Lighting offers a new approach to lighting control. It is equipped with the functionality required for your project today, or you can delay expenditure and easily integrate your lighting control when you’re ready. Additionally, you can personalise your lighting, from the lit effect to the room’s colour temperature. By instantly taking advantage of the digital services, you can manage the space usage and environmental impact remotely

or even apply navigation services within your building. Omega Pro 2 can also connect you to the digital future via a clever new development called Connect Kit (CKIT) accessory range, a fully interchangeable plug-and-play system that allows a master luminaire to be a slave or a microwave sensor to become a presence motion detector, quickly and easily. These interchangeable kits offer different control options to suit varying budgets,

SANGAMO RANGE PUTS THE CHOICE INTO HEATING EFFICIENCY With huge hikes in energy bills looming, householders are looking at ways to reduce their energy consumption. Small changes to improve heating efficiency is one area for consideration. The Sangamo Choice range of timers and heating controls from ESP was revamped last year to help boost the products’ energy saving properties. For example, the Choice+ thermostats include a TPI feature to ensure a maintained temperature by analysis of the heating and cooling periods. In addition,

Choice+ programmable thermostats include Optimum Start and Delayed Stop for additional efficiency. A smart thermostat allows householders to control the room temperature and thermostat activity from anywhere in the world, via an app. Sangamo’s WiFi thermostat offers energy efficient programming and remote access via the Sangamo choice app. It is straightforward to install and operate and is suitable for electric, gas or oil systems. Visit www.sangamo.co.uk


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Catch up with Ian’s webinar on the R&D process

accommodating simple on/off switching through to wireless scene control or the lighting control in a single room, floor or building. To complete the new range, Thorn has introduced O-PEC

optical range for office and education applications to guarantee the right light for every task. Find out more at www.thornlighting.co.uk

LINIAN CEO Ian Arbuckle recently presented a live webinar offering insight into the R&D process which is now available to watch again, along with a host of other sessions. Hosted as part of the Voltimum Live Virtual Trade event, Designing Today’s Products for Tomorrow’s Regulations saw Ian explain the process of designing a LINIAN product from concept to reality. The webinar is now available to watch on the Voltimum website along with other LINIAN webinars, including:

Ian Arbuckle • An electric and connected future • The rising importance of cable aesthetics • Electrical vehicle charging • Risk assessment to prevent premature collapse of cables. Watch online now at www. voltimum.co.uk/academy

BG FORTRESS EASES INSTALLS WITH WIDE RANGING UPGRADE The BG Fortress circuit protection range is about to undergo its most extensive upgrade yet, making it even quicker and easier to install. The knockout positions have been moved to the top and bottom of the base to make installation easier and termination of the cables more straightforward. The knockouts themselves now have reduced contact points for easier removal. The new lid has been redesigned to add strength and rigidity, ensuring an accurate and secure fit with the base. The base itself has also been beefed up, with additional strengthening ribs on the top and bottom faces to ensure it is rock solid when being secured. A step-down aperture has been added to improve the fit around the

devices and blanks when fitting the lid. A convenient lid retainer (available from September) allows it to be held open, leaving both hands free to access the devices. A range of devices to comply

with the 18th edition Amendment 2 regulations are also available. For more information on the BG Fortress range, go online to www.bg-fortress.uk

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DIARY SELECT TEAM

GETTING TO KNOW YOU Jane Watson

Employment and Skills Administrator Hello Jane. How long have you been working at SELECT?

I started in mid-March, but I previously temped for a couple of weeks at SELECT last year. I’m so pleased that I’ve been able to return.

Tell us a bit about your work life so far and how you ended up at The Walled Garden.

After graduating with a BEng (Hons) degree in engineering, I worked in HVAC/ building services as a design engineer. My career progressed into defence and the design of airborne radar. After a while, I decided on a career change and returned to university to study law. I graduated with a LLB (Distinction) degree in law and I specialised as an employment law solicitor. Later, I took the opportunity to travel abroad for several years and enjoyed learning about local cultures and different languages. Fortunately, I returned to Scotland just before COVID-19 and the first lockdown happened.

What does your job entail? Tell us more about what you do.

As an Employment and Skills Administrator, I cover a variety of tasks. I mainly focus on apprentice and adult trainee registration, the Final Integrated Competence Assessment (FICA), Advanced Competence Assessment (ACA) and the Crediting Electrotechnical Competence (CEC) Scheme. I also assist with other duties for the Employment & Skills Function and the SJIB, such as marking ECS HS&E assessments.

What’s a typical day like for you at work?

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“I also update records, mark assessments, organise and attend meetings for updates and take any action that is required for those meetings. I enjoy the variety that each day brings”

queries. I also update records, mark assessments, organise and attend meetings for updates and take any action that is required for those meetings. I enjoy the variety that each day brings.

support, resources and information available for Members; from helplines for advice on employment issues, technical queries, health and safety advice and legal issues to Toolbox Talks and training.

Do you get the chance to meet SELECT Members?

What do you find most enjoyable about your job?

I’ve not had the opportunity to meet any SELECT Members yet, but I’m looking forward to doing so at some of the planned SELECT events in the future.

What do think are the main benefits of SELECT membership?

I think one of the main benefits of a SELECT membership is that there’s a wide range of

I enjoy helping people with their queries and providing the best possible service I can.

What impact has COVID-19, lockdown and working remotely had on your working day?

It’s been a relatively easy transition to hybrid working, although I do enjoy seeing and speaking to my work colleagues in person.

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