Apprenticeships – the key to your future

14 March 2016/Categories: Media News, Press Releases 2016

ECITB pledges its support for National Apprenticeship Week 2016 and the Big Bang Science Fair

Employer-led skills, awarding and qualifications organisation, the ECITB is strong in its support of this year’s National Apprenticeship Week (14-18 March) based around the campaign “An apprenticeship can take you anywhere.” The campaign has a particular focus on higher skills to show how young people, entrepreneurs and businesses can “rise to the top” through traineeships and apprenticeships.

National Apprenticeship Week is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy. This year the ECITB will be celebrating with a wide range of activities across the UK from open evenings and careers fairs to dedicated activities to attract young people. The week of activities is about demonstrating that apprenticeships are great for businesses, personal careers and creating opportunities for employers and apprentices.

Chris Claydon, chief executive, ECITB, said:

“As a major skills and apprenticeship organisation for the engineering construction industry, we are very proud to support this year’s National Apprenticeship Week. Within our employers’ organisations as well as our own we have many great examples of success achieved through this important vocational route. Each year we and our employers continue to invest strongly in apprenticeships to bring new people into the industry. We believe that apprenticeships are crucial to our industry and will continue to play a key role in ensuring Great Britain’s future industrial success.”

The engineering construction industry, which includes many vital infrastructure sectors, such as energy, chemicals processing, water and food and drink, is growing rapidly and will require at least 42,000 more skilled people over the next ten years across various disciplines.

The ECITB has been at the forefront of the apprenticeship movement for the last 25 years and works closely with employers, schools and colleges and government to attract develop and qualify personnel in hundreds of skills and disciplines. The ECITB Apprenticeship is a recognised badge of competence and quality in the industry. Each year, the ECITB supports over 600 apprentices directly and many more across the engineering construction industry.

National Apprenticeship Week culminates in the Big Bang Science and Engineering Fair
(16 - 19 March) at the NEC in Birmingham, one of the largest STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) events of the year. This year, the ECITB is showcasing the industry with a larger dedicated stand where attendees can experience “real-life” welding through a simulator, donated to the show by Grimsby College. The ECITB is also co-hosting a stand with the Nuclear Institute, which includes apprentices and also ECITB sponsored Arkwright Scholars.

“The Big Bang show is a great way in which we can engage young people,” said Dr. Rachel Odams-Roffe, head of Corporate Affairs at the ECITB.

“we are delighted that staff from across our organisation as well our employers and their graduates will attend. We are very grateful for the support this year of Grimbsy College. There is always a great buzz on our stand and everyone is a great ambassador for engineering construction careers.”

To understand more about how the ECITB supports a wide range of training and career pathways visit our website. www.ecitb.org.uk


Notes to editors:
Avril Goodenough
Corporate Affairs Team
Engineering Construction Industry Training Board
E: Avril.Goodenough@ecitb.org.uk

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About the ECITB
Established in 1991, the ECITB’s mission is ‘Securing Engineering Construction Skills now and for the future’. The ECITB is the skills, standards and qualifications body with statutory responsibility for the development of the engineering construction workforce of Great Britain. The ECITB has a global footprint and supports clients in 18 countries, providing engineering and project delivery skills across the energy, processing and construction sectors. 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. Over the last 25 years the ECITB has supported 1.4 million learners. For more information please visit www.ecitb.org.uk