Electrical apprenticeships and training ‘in safe hands’

Anne Galbraith

THE Scottish Electrical Charitable Training Trust (SECTT) has stated that electrical apprenticeships and training are in ‘safe hands’ following the introduction of emergency measures during the Covid-19 outbreak.

SECTT is working closely with the Scottish Joint Industry Board (SJIB), SELECT and colleges across Scotland to support the efforts of employers and colleges. The organisation will hold an online meeting with all colleges in the week beginning 20 April, to devise a delivery model and take into consideration the needs of employers, apprentice and trainees.

Anne Galbraith, CEO of SECTT said, “We know these are unprecedented times, but we are doing all we can to help apprentices continue with their studies through alternate channels, while maintaining the high standards required. The Electrical Installation Modern Apprenticeship is a vocational qualification and has safety implications, so we must ensure competency throughout the course, especially in the ‘Key Safety Critical’ areas.

“Therefore, SECTT will be looking to complete the coursework as near to normal as possible, but this will depend on when we return to free movement.”

Apprentices and trainees are being encouraged to keep in contact with their college lecturers with any coursework they can complete online, and by completing their ePortfolios through OneFile which their training officers will be marking.

Ms Galbraith added, “When we do get back to normal, I can assure all apprentices that SECTT and the colleges will continue with the professional level of care to ensure we catch up with least disruption. We will get through this, so in the meantime, look after yourself and your families, stick to the government guidelines and stay safe.”