New Electrical Contractors Association (ECA) president Diane Johnson has issued a note of concern about a potential skills shortage, which could inspire workers to sign up to tiling courses.

She claimed that the value of many tradespeople is often ignored and it is only when there is a short supply of such professionals that the public may realise their importance.

In her view, the consequences of not having enough skilled workers to carry out essential jobs could be "more far-reaching than most people realise", which may provoke some individuals to sign up to tiling courses and other training schemes.

"We are sitting on a ticking time bomb. If we don't act now, we will not have the home-grown talent needed to fulfil this country's potential," explained Ms Johnson, who is the first female president of the industry body.

This week, ECA chief executive officer David Pollock announced he will retire at the end of September, after spending 13 years with the organisation.

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