BEAMA Proud to be part of Electrical Safety First's Electrical Installation Seminar

24 Apr 2024

BEAMA were proud to be a part of Electrical Safety First‘s Electrical Installation Seminar this week.

ESF hosted the event at the IET in Savoy Place London. We were joined at the event by guests from throughout the electrical industry, and included some fantastic speakers from government, trade associations, and with many of our members in attendance too. The event was opened with an inspiring speech from Lord Don Foster of Bath expressing his support for the sector, the importance of working together as an industry on the future of electrical safety, and his long association with Electrical Safety First.


Liberal Democrat peer Lord Don Foster of Bath


Lord forster address the seminar, saying “Not only do we need to boost the pipeline of new recruits into the sector, but we must also recognise the need for up-skilling the existing workforce. With the development new ways of powering homes – such as the wider use of heat pumps and solar panels – and the impacts of other new technologies, we need to ensure both new and existing electricians are trained and capable of working with them.”  

“There is clearly an urgent need for action in addressing the skills gap in relation to electricians to ensure, in respect of electrical installations, people’s homes are built and maintained safely.”



BEAMA’s Director of Member Services & Head of Building Electrical Systems, Nick Hayler
BEAMA’s Director of Member Services & Head of Building Electrical Systems, Nick Hayler, delivered a short speech outlining the importance of focusing on safely electrifying homes and houses, to aid in achieving our Net zero 2050 targets. Outlining how critical a competent and skilled workforce, Amy described how it is of paramount importance ensure we have the installer capacity to meet demand whilst offering the right training and safe guards to ensure electrified systems are safe.

Another point touched upon was the transition to a Circular economy, and a growing second-hand market for electrical goods. To ensure these products are safe to use and installed correctly, comprehensive standards need to be put in place and we need to be clear on the reseller requirements and responsibility, and ensure consumers understand how to do their due diligence too.

You can find our slides, along with a transcript of the speech, below.