About TESP

This careers website is brought to you by The Electrotechnical Skills Partnership (TESP). TESP is a not-for-profit skills partnership created by the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA), Joint Industry Board (JIB), SELECT and Unite the Union to help employers shape the electrical industry’s skills agenda and develop and deliver solutions to the industry’s skills needs. The TESP partners are:

Electrical Contractors' Association

partner_1The Electrical Contractors’ Association is a trade association that represents electrical and engineering contractors. ECA member companies have combined turnover in excess of £6 billion each year and range from quality local electricians to nationwide engineering contractors that employ thousands of people on major projects across the UK. Visit the ECA website

Joint Industry Board

partner_2The Joint Industry Board sets the standards of individual competence in electrical contracting and related industries. It issues ECS cards to people working in these industries so they can prove their qualifications to employers and customers. The JIB is a not-for-profit independent organisation, governed by the Electrical Contractors’ Association and Unite the Union. Visit the JIB website


partner_2SELECT is the trade association representing the electrical installation industry in Scotland. With a turnover of £1 billion per annum, SELECT’s 1,200 member firms employ 15,000 fully-qualified SVQ 3 electricians. SELECT also administers the Scottish Joint Industry Board on behalf of itself and its SJIB partner, Unite the Union. Visit the SELECT website

Unite The Union

partner_6Unite is Britain’s biggest trade union with 1.42 million members in every type of workplace. The Union’s structure is based around the industries and sectors members work in and the regions where they live. Their extensive network of shop stewards, safety representatives, learning representatives and full time officers campaign to improve the pay and working conditions of all UK based engineering and construction workers. Unite is a full partner in the JIB and SJIB national agreements, negotiating wages and conditions in the electrical contracting industry. Visit the Unite website
TESP is also grateful to its industry partners NET, JTL and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) for contributing to the careers information on this website:

National Electrotechnical Training

partner_7National Electrotechnical Training (NET) is an independent UK-wide industry charity that owns and administers the electrical engineering industry’s assessments of occupational competence, including the AM2 and FICA. Since 1997, NET’s assessments have served as the gateway to a career in the industry, providing reassurance to employers and a final check on the competence of candidates. Visit the NET website

JTL Training

partner_3JTL is one of the top three work-based learning providers in England and Wales and, as a registered charity, every penny we receive goes into the training we offer. We work with more than 3,000 businesses and train more electrical apprentices than anyone else in the sector. Also our apprentices achieve more, with about 80% completing successfully. Visit the JTL website

Institution of Engineering and Technology

p4 The IET is working to engineer a better world through our mission to inspire, inform and influence the global engineering community. The IET has over 163,000 members in 127 countries. The IET safeguards electrical standards through the publication of the Wiring Regulations and professional registration of engineers and technicians. Visit the IET website