The grants can be used to support either capital or operational expenditure. Capital expenditure may include upgrading training equipment or facilities. Operational expenditure may include curriculum development, training for staff, industry secondments and engagement of SMEs to support training development.
The industry-led training and skills body now wants to talk directly to providers and their industry partners to discuss potential projects.
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Funded by a levy on engineering and construction industry employers, ECITB invests around £28 million annually back into skills and competence training.
The ECITB’s Leading Industry Learning Strategy 2023-25 was developed in partnership with industry, training providers and UK, Scottish and Welsh governments and focuses on supporting growth by helping to address industry recruitment and retention challenges, as employers look to expand the workforce to deliver a growing number of projects earmarked for execution on the horizon.
The ECITB forecasts more than 25,000 additional workers are needed for major projects, including those related to net zero, by 2026, placing employers in direct competition for labour from £650bn of infrastructure projects in the wider UK economy. The UK Government’s Energy Security Strategy has upped the stakes further, placing greater pressure on industry and the engineering construction supply chain to expand to meet new energy-generating capacity targets.
The strategy aims to help industry meet the workforce volume challenge and prepare for a boom in project activity for engineering construction employers. These projects span a range of sectors including nuclear new build and decommissioning, renewables, oil and gas, water treatment and food and drink. They also include hydrogen and carbon capture projects linked to the decarbonisation of the industrial clusters, which are at the heart of the country’s net zero plans.