“It was great to meet with apprentices and members of the Forth Valley College team to stress our support for the programme,” ECITB Chief Executive Andrew said.
“Since 2020, the ECITB has supported 4,000 new entrants into the engineering construction industry, and a big part of delivering our new three-year strategy is this continued focus on encouraging new entrants.
“Between now and 2026, the UK needs around 25,000 extra workers for major projects in the industry. Without a pipeline of skilled people to build, operate and maintain major projects and infrastructure, the UK’s and Scotland’s targets for energy security and transition may not be achieved.
“Apprenticeships are vital in helping to achieve this. Forth Valley College’s delivery of the OGTAP over the past decade is a great example of this, having achieved a 90-95% success rate.
“The industry values the programme and the new entrants coming out of it, and we look forward to collaborating further with the college to achieve our aims.”