Consultancy - How We Can Help You

The R&D team, and other ECITB staff, are available to provide consultancy services to employers covering almost any area of learning & development. The team have a diverse range of backgrounds and experience which can be used to help employers. See ‘Who we are’ for individual backgrounds.

Some case studies where we have provided help include:

Case Study: Welding Training

An employer recently asked for assistance in developing a training programme leading to vocational competence, mapped against ECITB standards for welders. A training needs analysis was undertaken with the employer and the appropriate training standards and QCF qualification units identified. Advice and guidance was then given to allow the employer to develop the training course using ECITB training standards for approval under the ECITB Provider Course Approval Scheme (PCAS).

In response to employer demand the team was able deliver a workshop to help employers understand how to develop training courses mapped against ECITB training standards for approval under the PCAS scheme.

Case Study: Construction Technician Apprenticeship

A consortium, led by Jacobs in Stockton-on-Tees and supported by the R&D team, successfully obtained Government Employer Ownership of Skills (EOS) funding worth £2.7 million in Q2 2013 to support two cohorts of 40 apprentices over a three year apprenticeship and other related activities.

R&D managed the design, from scratch, of an Apprenticeship Pathway. This work included a functional analysis of the newly created role of Construction Technician conducted with industry experts. The deliverables included a Functional Map, National Occupational Standards, Training Standards, QCF Units of Assessment and a Work Based Task Assignment. All this involved extensive consultation with industry which was achieved via working groups, web conferencing and online consultation.

The first apprentices completed their nine month off-the-job training and enrolled on the new and revised vocational qualifications (Level 3 Diplomas) in Q3 2014. It is envisaged that the new Construction Technician apprentices will grow into the Construction Managers and Directors of the future.

Below is a working group reviewing the Guided Learning Hours, Number of Credits and Levels for each Unit of Assessment at the North East regional office.

team meeting

L to R: Paul Rice/ECITB; Glyn Dixon/NETA; Jan Marciniak/NETA; Mike Robinson/AMEC; Dave Coates/Jacobs; Ian Smith/Middlesbrough College; Alan Ellwood/Middlesbrough College; Carl Smith/TTE; Ian Muscroft/Jacobs.