10 July 2017/Categories: Media News, Press Releases 2016, Press Releases 2017
The Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) has today welcomed the Government’s endorsement of its new three year strategy.
In a letter to Shirley Watson, Interim Chairman of the ECITB, the Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills also confirms the Government’s support for ECITB continuing to operate as a statutory training board.
The letter provides an interim update on the progress of the ITB Review, which was originally announced in July 2016. The Review, which was due to report in April, was delayed due to the General Election. The final report is now expected in October.
In the letter, the Minister acknowledges the challenges faced by the ECI in “training and retaining skilled workers to deliver and maintain our critical national energy and process plant infrastructure” and states that “the project-based nature of the sector’s work, and the high-level skills it needs, create a disincentive to invest in skills.”
She goes on to endorse ECITB’s strategy, which “demonstrates your commitment to upskill those already working in the industry, as well as to attract new recruits through apprenticeships and training programmes.”
The Strategy, endorsed earlier in the year by the ECITB Board, is designed to position the ECITB to respond effectively to the industry’s skills needs over the next decade. This includes driving productivity through skills, responding to labour market and technological change, fostering collaboration and maximum value provided through the levy.
The letter also confirms the Government’s support for the recruitment of a permanent chairman and provides an interim endorsement of ECITB’s planned governance reforms.
The final report of the ITB Review is expected to include a series of recommendations for the ECITB, as well as CITB, the construction industry training board. This includes measures to further enhance the accountability of the ITBs to industry and Government. It will also recommend that the ECITB does more to boost diversity in the industry.
Chris Claydon, Chief Executive of the ECITB, said:
“We welcome the Minister’s recognition of the importance of engineering construction to the economy, the need to continually drive skills growth in our industry, and the role of the ECITB in delivering this.
As our 2016 annual report demonstrates, we have invested significantly in the industry’s skills base in recent years, but we cannot rest on our laurels. Following the strong mandate secured from our industry in last year’s levy consultation, the ECITB is in an excellent position to deliver against our new strategy and continue our work to invest in the future skills needs of this critically important industry.”
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