Construction trade body makes further inroads into the education sector

TRADE association SELECT has announced it has welcomed the University of St Andrews into its membership.

One of the oldest universities in the English-speaking world, it joins the University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University as members of the electrical trade body.

SELECT revealed it is also targeting a number of housing associations and local authorities with its offering of specialist technical advice, support and training.

Yvonne Wilson, specifier and client relations manager at SELECT, said, “It’s brilliant to have the facilities management team at the University of St Andrews on board as members. I know that our technical helpline is going to be a great benefit to their electricians, particularly as they are often working on historic buildings.

“We’ve also discussed running training programmes for electric vehicles as well as the electrical awareness course for non-electrical staff.”

The facilities management team at the Fife campus ensures the university’s buildings are in good order to allow the 3,500 staff and 10,000 students to work and learn effectively and in a safe environment.

George Simpson, trades manager for the team, had previously benefited from SELECT membership in his role as regional works manager at Stirling Castle for Historic Environment Scotland.

He said, “In my previous role, I really appreciated the 24/7 technical back-up offered by SELECT and the wide range of training available. Their various forums also allowed us to sit down with other organisations and exchange information and ideas.

“So, when I joined St Andrews, I was keen that the university join SELECT too, as I knew the helpline was going to be very useful for our electricians, particularly those on call one week out of five. SELECT’s training provision is also important for us. It will not only help the team with their jobs, such as conducting fire alarm inspections and emergency light testing, but will contribute to keeping them safe.”