• ECA survey confirms ongoing problems with public sector supply chain payment

    A new study from the Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA) has revealed building services contractors are still having serious problems getting paid when engaged on public sector work.

  • Latest ECA poll finds eight in 10 firms see turnover steady or increased

    Almost eight in 10 contractors (79%) in the electrical and building services industries say turnover has increased or remained steady in the third quarter of 2015, according to a new study from the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA).

  • Foster heads up JTL marketing and communications

    Work-based learning company JTL has appointed a new head of marketing and communications. Cathie Foster joins the provider of apprenticeships in the electrical and plumbing and heating sectors based at its Birmingham Centre of Excellence.

  • MPs conclude core industrial sectors need prioritising for apprenticeships

    A new parliamentary committee report on skills, which urges the government to “prioritise” getting young people to take up apprenticeships in industry sectors with skills shortages, such as electrotechnical, has been backed by the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA).

  • Apprentices report on Australian experiences

    Apprentices report on Australian experiences

    A report comparing the UK and Australian electrical contracting industries has been published by JIB Apprentice Exchange winners George Stickings and Josh Horton. 

    The two young men, who spent six weeks working in and around Brisbane, provided a detailed analysis on areas such as working practices, skills and competence, the role of apprentices and the industrial relations system.

  • The necessity for inventiveness – the circular economy

    The necessity for inventiveness  – the circular economy

    BSRIA has jointly hosted an event with ECA – Engaging the Circular Economy. This event showcased the potential of an innovative regenerative system that will change the way construction and building services currently operates regarding refurbishments, new build and maintenance of buildings. A salient takeaway was that society realises that it needs to change its thinking and modus operand (1). But is more awareness of the impact of not doing so needed? 

  • Trade bodies respond to government sector deal

    Trade bodies respond to government sector deal

    ECA and BESA agree with government aims but want early action to help the supply chain.

    The government’s newly announced Construction Sector Deal has been backed by ECA, the electrotechnical and engineering services trade body, and the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).

  • Research shows steady growth 

    Over three in four engineering services organisations say turnover increased or remained steady in Q2 2018, despite rising material and labour costs.

    These are the findings of the latest BESA/ECA/SELECT/SNIPEF quarterly sector-wide Building Engineering Business Survey, sponsored by Scolmore.

  • Households to save billions post halogen lamp ban

    According to the ECA, UK households could be wasting up to £2.4 billion per year on halogen light bulbs. 

  • ECA: Two’s a company 

    A double recruitment for the ECA has enhanced the company's technical service and representation for members.

  • Stiff competition for 'Apprentice of the Year' title

    The finalists for the ECA Edmundson Apprentice of the Year Award 2018 have now been announced and the competition looks to be fierce.

  • We have a winner

    Jack Teasdale of Opus Building Services Ltd has won the prestigious 2018 ECA Edmundson Award.