A dedicated focus was then given to how the ECITB plans to attract and develop the next generation of skilled people into the industry.
Adrian Wookey, Head of New Entrants, outlined the ECITB scholarship programme and how this has grown and evolved to meet the current and emerging needs of industry.
He said: “We are looking to expand the scholarships further and are pleased employers are engaging in these. Any developments will be aligned to industry needs with a clear focus on preparing the workforce for the future.
“Wherever we are running scholarships we will be setting up employer panels to drive the skills needed for industry. They will help employers to mould and influence skills for industry as well as having the opportunity to identify talent.”
The Q&A session provided a lively forum for attendees to delve deeper into areas of interest including the engagement of SMEs and pipelines for specific specialisms.
In his closing remarks Andy said:
“This year, like any year, will have its challenges for industry. Notwithstanding the promise of significant investment, there is, as ever, uncertainty about the future.
“Labour shortages seem to be real, despite the state of the economy. We have to continue to invest on industry’s behalf, leveraging support where we can and trying to get in early to make the skills interventions timely and relevant.”
The business plan, shared at the event, sets out the ECITB’s priorities for the next three years. It supports the delivery of the ECITB’s 2023-25 strategy, Leading Industry Learning, which was launched in September 2022 after a comprehensive strategy development round with industry.
To read the ECITB’s skills strategy, Leading Industry Learning, visit: www.ecitb.org.uk/strategy23-25