Press Releases 2017

ECITB welcomes Government support for new strategy

Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills, RT Hon Anne Milton MP’s letter to Shirley Watson

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.”


Notes to editors:

  1. The ECITB is the skills, standards and qualifications body with statutory responsibility for the development of the engineering construction workforce.
  2. The letter from Rt. Hon Anne Milton MP can be found here.
  3. The ECITB’s 2016 Annual report and accounts is available at:
  4. The engineering construction industry (ECI) delivers and maintains the nation’s critical energy infrastructure, including in the oil and gas, nuclear and renewables sectors, alongside major process industries, such as chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food processing, water and waste treatment.
  5. The ECITB works closely with employers and governments to attract, develop and qualify engineering construction personnel in a wide range of craft, technical and professional skills and disciplines.
  6. Over the last 25 years the ECITB has supported over 1.4 million learners.

Further information:

David Nash, Head of Policy and Corporate Affairs,  07919112714

Avril Goodenough, Communications Manager,  01923 402123