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Kitting out the future with SECTT and the ESC

Eight hundred young electricians in Scotland are getting a safe start to their careers with a free lock out kit worth £30 from the Electrical Safety Council (ESC), in partnership with the Scottish Electrical Charitable Training Trust (SECTT).

Lock out kits can potentially save lives by ensuring that electricians use safe isolation practices when working on electrical installations. The kits make sure that the electricity in a property is turned off and stays off until the job is completed, eliminating the danger of a potentially fatal electric shock. “Severe accidents have occurred when electricians have failed to isolate the electricity supply before working on an electrical installation”, explains Phil Buckle, Director General of the ESC. “Giving a free lock-out kit to young electricians ensures they have the right equipment to make sure an installation is safe before they start work. It’s vital that everyone in the industry adopts safe working practices and procedures and it’s essential that this is developed right at the start of an electrician’s career.” Newell McGuiness, Acting Chief Executive of SECTT continues: “In partnership with the Electrical Safety Council we have been able to share the cost of these essential safety devices. Both SECTT and the ESC are committed to improving safety for our industry and this is a great way to support Scotland’s newest electricians”. The kits will be provided to students studying at 22 colleges across Scotland including colleges in Inverness, Dundee and Edinburgh and is just one of the ways the ESC and SECTT support the industry. The ESC's website ( offers a range of technical guidance including Best Practice Guides and access to their industry-leading Essential Guide. The SECTT website ( provides helpful information about careers in the electrical industry and useful guidance for employers and young people. 

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