I would like to start by wishing you all a very happy and prosperous 2013.
In order that we can address the challenges that we will undoubtedly face in 2013 it is necessary to reflect on last year. It is fair to say that 2012 proved to be quite challenging with the economic downturn continuing to impact on the region’s contractors.
Some contractors continue to adapt to the challenges posed by the recession by increasing the range of services that they offer to their clients whilst others have commenced trading in new markets such as nuclear power generation, decommissioning and renewable energies. Either way such approaches serve to emphasise the professionalism and adaptability of the engineering construction industry that we have in Wales & South West England.
ECITB’s Wales & South West regional team performance in 2012 has overall been very positive. Apprenticeship recruitment has continued to exceed target with 80 apprentices commencing training in 2012 against a forecast 65. Similarly the regional discretionary fund has supported the training of 565 delegates when the target was set at 220. The region has also seen a change in the types of ECITB programmes being accessed by its regional contractors with project control/management and supervisor training increasing in popularity.
The regional team continued to develop its relationships within the nuclear power generation, nuclear decommissioning and renewable sectors. The ECITB is now represented on most strategic nuclear groups including the Energy Island Skills & Development group that operates in Anglesey. The teams continued engagement with these strategy groups ensure the contractors skills needs are represented and addressed. 2013 also sees the introduction of mainstream support from ECITB for the Nuclear sector and further information on this exciting development can be found within the 2013 ECITB Guide to Grants.
The ECITB has a huge range of products and services developed by the engineering construction industry for the engineering construction industry so I would urge you to contact the ECITB regional team to see how the ECITB can help to support your business.
ECITB Wales & South West Regional Chairman
Next Regional Forum - 22nd February 2013, 9.30am, The Waterton Centre, Bridgend
Wales & South West Office
The Business Centre
Vale of Glamorgan