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About the Engineering Construction Industry
Engineering construction is a specialised industry that underpins the delivery, maintenance and decommissioning of the UK’s critical infrastructure. It operates across the oil and gas, nuclear and renewables sectors, as well as major process industries, such as chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food processing, water and waste treatment.
The engineering construction industry (ECI) is the cornerstone of Britain’s energy and process industries. ECI companies design, engineer, construct and decommission some of the biggest infrastructure projects in the country and overseas – and they will be central to delivering net zero.
Engineering construction operates across the oil and gas, nuclear and renewables sectors, as well as major process industries, such as chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food processing, water and waste treatment. Around 190,000 jobs are directly supported by engineering construction.
The complexity of this situation has been significantly increased by the Covid-19 pandemic. Overall trends suggest sectors involved in renewable energy or the provision of net-zero services will experience increased demand, while the oil and gas sector in particular will see a fairly large but gradual reduction in employment in the short term offset to some extent by a shift to energy transition projects and decommissioning projects in the medium to longer term.
About the ECITB
The Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) is the statutory skills body for the Engineering Construction Industry (ECI) in Great Britain. A non-departmental public body (NDPB) sponsored by the Department for Education, the ECITB works with employers and government to attract, develop and qualify personnel across a wide range of craft, technical and managerial disciplines. Last year, the ECITB invested more than £20 million to support skills development within the engineering construction industry.
For more information visit www.ecitb.org.uk
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