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Skills London 2012

The Engineering Construction Industry Training Board’s (ECITB), Chief Executive, David Edwards joined the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson at the opening of Skills London 2012. Skills London is London’s biggest career event for 14-19 year olds which aims to inform and inspire the UK’s next generation.

                        The engineering construction industry can provide career prospects for 60,000 more skilled workers over the next ten years. To bridge the skills gap, the ECITB is promoting the diverse engineering construction industry and the exciting career opportunities available. Skills London provides a perfect opportunity to showcase the industry and attract young people into a career they may not have previously considered.

David Edwards, Chief Executive, ECITB said: “The engineering construction industry is in a position to be able to offer exciting and well paid careers to young people. Our latest forecasts predict a 30 per cent growth over the next ten years with 60,000 more engineers, scientists, technologists and skilled workers needed. It is vital to the future of engineering construction that we raise awareness of the industry with young people.”

The engineering construction industry employs 100,000 people in the UK and 500,000 worldwide. The UK has the largest engineering construction output in Europe and second largest in the world. It is essential to the UK economy that critical skills for the energy, oil & gas, chemicals, renewables and nuclear power sectors are delivered to fulfil future demand.

The Skills London event is a must for apprentices, graduates, educators and parents alike; it attracts over 30,000 visitors a year. The support of Boris Johnson and the National Apprenticeship Service emphasises the importance of promoting the world of skills in an imaginative, informative and engaging way.

The ECITB’s stand showcases various aspects of the industry in an interactive way, allowing students to get involved and get a real taste of the industry, whilst also learning about career routes into the industry. The opportunities for training with the ECITB are varied; the ECITB offer 15 apprenticeship programmes covering 15 disciplines, management & professional training for graduates and up-skilling training courses for those already working in the industry and allied sectors.

All ECITB training schemes are employer-led; through collaboration with industry professionals they are designed to meet employer needs, delivering the key skills needed to secure the industry’s future.

The ECITB works closely with the Department of Business Innovation and Skills in order to develop and improve apprenticeship programmes.

David Edwards commented: “The ECITB is already delivering on its promise to attract more people to the industry. We are consistently reviewing and assessing our service to secure engineering construction skills now, and for the future. Skills London has been a great success and has proved essential for raising awareness. It is important for the ECITB to engage with young people after all, they are the skilled people of the future who will aid the growth and competitiveness of the UK’s engineering construction industry.”

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About the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board

The ECITB is the statutory and charitable body set up to secure engineering construction skills now and for the future. It has delivered training successfully to over one million learners over 20 years, and is led and funded by employers from the industry, ensuring the services are relevant and fit for purposeThe ECITB provides professional advice, information, skills development and qualifications to help individuals in engineering construction and anyone interested in a career in the industry to succeed. A dedicated website has been set up to provide more detailed information The ECITB sets a range of occupational and training standards, awards industry specific qualifications and invests £20 million each year in support of apprentices and adult learners across a range of skills. From entry level craft and technician programmes through to advanced engineering project management skills. In 2011, 65,000 people were supported through the ECITB’s range of approved programmes delivered by a network of over 200 approved providers. The ECITB strategy is built on three objectives, these are to attract, qualify and develop talented people for the industry. The ECITB operating processes that secure the depth, breadth and quality of service are: employer engagement, identification of skills needs and priorities, stakeholder and provider engagement, delivery and continuous improvement. The ECITB provides support to employers, their employees and apprentices to design, build, maintain and decommission nuclear, power, pharmaceutical, renewables, chemicals, food, water, oil & gas facilities and other processes.

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