New skills partnership appoints first chair 

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Diane Johnson, director of Eric Johnson of Northwich (EJN), has been appointed the first chair of The Electrotechnical Skills Partnership (TESP).

Johnson will work with TESP's core partners to develop the partnership's strategy and direction, and provide an additional employer perspective on skills issues. She takes the TESP chair after many years furthering skills in the electrotechnical industry, serving as ECA President, a trustee of JTL, SummitSkills, and NET and supporting countless apprentices through their training at EJN, her family’s business.

She said: "I'm delighted to have been asked to serve as TESP's inaugural Chair. Skills are the lifeblood of our industry, and we need to ensure the right infrastructure is developed to cope with the increasing demands on our industry. TESP will provide this by bringing together employers and a broad range of organisations with different areas of expertise to help create one perspective, and to support employers drive the industry's skills agenda."

TESP is a newly formed not-for-profit skills partnership created by the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA), Joint Industry Board (JIB), National Electrotechnical Training (NET), JTL, Summit Skills and Unite the
Union to help shape and develop the skills agenda in the electrotechnical industry. It has been formed to act as the voice for employers and industry on skills issues, and will lead on the setting and accrediting of standards, political engagement work, and the promotion of careers in the industry.