In Development

Technical Courses and Tests

Currently in development are training standards for Manual Handling, Wind Hub Rescue, Conflict Management, Communication and Interpersonal Skills and Subsea Design. 

ContactAdrian Wookey

An online Technical Test Examiner course is in development ready for the release of the new Technical Testing system late in Q3 2016. 

ContactHeather Saunders

Supervisory & Management

ECITB Online leadership learning. The ECITB is developing a series of online leadership learning activities to support leadership ad supervisory training based on the CMI Management Direct learning portal. 

ContactSteve Franklin

Commercial Awareness Training Standard. We are currently developing a Training Standard covering aspects of Commercial Awareness, and are seeking more employers to join the working group. 

ContactHeather Saunders

Project Management & Controls

There is an identified shortage of project controllers in the Engineering Construction Industry (ECI) and this is forecast to worsen as many of the existing experienced controllers are reaching the end of their careers. The ECITB is working closely with an industry-led working group to create and promote an industry-agreed career entry and training progression route for project controls, estimating, planning/scheduling and cost engineering with industry/ECITB training products at its core.

The industry-led Project Controls Working Group has achieved the following:
a) Review and update of existing vocational qualifications at English level 3 and level 5
b) Creation of an outline career entry and progression path
c) An update to the ECITB online career progression route map (case studies added)
d) Development of ECITB training standards at English QCF Levels 2 (11 standards), 3 (17 standards) and 5 (23 standards)

Ongoing work includes:
  • Feasibility study into the development of technical tests and related work based task assignments (WBTA).
  • Updates to existing courses.
  • Setting the career progression route as the industry standard. 
  • Creation and launch of an Apprenticeship Standard for Project Controls Technician.
  • Feasibility study into the development of training and skills enhancement beyond Level 5, working closely with the Working Group and potentially Universities.
  • Working in Partnership with Professional bodies, especially the ACostE (Association of Cost Engineers) and APM (Association for Project Management).

A successful outcome will be approval of an industry agreed career entry and progression path incorporating Industry developed/ECITB provided training products and services – setting achievement of these as The Industry Standard for a successful career in this discipline in industry both nationally and internationally.

Contact: Catherine Lambert

Safety Training

IOSH Managing Safely in the Engineering Construction Industry – 1 day refresher course

In response to industry needs, the ECITB has developed a 1-day refresher course for the popular 4-day IOSH Managing Safely in the Engineering Construction Industry which is Module 4 of our Supervisor Training suite – Safety, Health & the Environment. This course will enable eligible delegates to renew their IOSH Managing Safely in the Engineering Construction Industry certificate without attending the 4-day course again. 

Contact: Heather Saunders

Apprenticeship Standards

More information on the Apprentice reform programme can be found here.

Design and Draughting Level 3 

This is a popular ECITB apprenticeship and we are supporting an industry-led working group Chaired by AmecFosterWheeler in putting in place a new, Level 3, Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standard – Engineering Design and Draughtsperson. The new Standard was approved in February 2015 and the Assessment Plan in January 2016. The Group is now working on implementing the standard and making sure the assessment tools meet their needs. 

ContactCatherine Lambert

Project Controls Technician Level 3 

Chaired by Costain, the ECITB is supporting this Trailblazer Group to develop a Level 3 Standard. The Standard was submitted to BIS in January 2016. This apprenticeship provides a comprehensive grounding in project controls, estimating, planning, scheduling, cost engineering, change management, quality management, variance and trend analysis, risk management and document management.

ContactCatherine Lambert

Engineering Construction Industry Pipefitter Level 3 (Led by Doosan Babcock)

The standard has been formally approved and is due publication on the Government website shortly.

The working group met at Tipton on the 12th July to prepare the assessment plan for submission, this was duly submitted on the 25th July and we should receive some feedback from the DfE sometime in September.  In the meantime the assessment plan will be made available for consultation on an online survey platform.  The aspiration is to have the delivery infrastructure in place ready for September 2017 starts.

ContactAdrian Wookey

Maintenance Operations Engineering Technician Level 3

The apprentice standard was revised and resubmitted to the DfE along with the assessment plan. The group and the DfE are working through some minor revisions to the plan before it can be approved.

ContactAdrian Wookey

Welding Level 2 and Level 3

This is a fairly mature working group, the Apprentice Standards at Level 2 and 3 have been developed and approved and the Assessment plan has been resubmitted for approval after minor rework. The ECITB sits on the working group which is supported by the Welding Institute and is led by BAE systems.

ContactChris Mann

Project Manager Level 4

The group is supported by the APM and led by Sellafield. The ECITB sits on the working group. The standard was submitted for formal Ministerial approval in January. Once this had been received the Assessment plan will be developed over Q 1-3 2016.

ContactSteve Franklin

Engineering Construction Moving and Erecting Capital Structures and Plant (Led by Doosan Babcock)

The expression of interest has now been formally approved by the DfE and development work will now proceed to define the apprentice standard and assessment plan.

Contact: Adrian Wookey


Employers and the ECITB are working together to formally submit an Expression of Interest to develop a level 3 apprenticeship for the occupation of plating.

Contact: Adrian Wookey

Non Destructive Testing