The Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) has announced the appointment of five new Board members to lead the organisation.
Appointed by the Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills, Gillian Keegan MP, Board members will work under the leadership of Lynda Armstrong OBE, Chair of the ECITB. They will help steer the ECITB and champion its work as the statutory skills body for the engineering construction industry in England, Scotland and Wales.
The appointments come at a critical time for the industry as it deals with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the low oil price. Trustees will lead the ECITB’s recently unveiled Covid-19 crisis response package, which involves a £4.5m Train to Retain scheme for graduates and apprentices, a new ECITB scholarship design and measures to boost digital training and assessment.
The Board is also responsible for overseeing the delivery of the ECITB’s 3-year strategy, Leading Industry Learning 2020-2022. The strategy, which received the backing of industry in Autumn 2019, is designed to tackle the major challenges facing engineering construction companies, including skills shortages, technological transformation and the transition to net zero carbon emissions by 2050 in England and Wales and by 2045 in Scotland.
The new Board members, all from the industry, are:
- Jane Cooper, who is the Senior Manager for Stakeholder Relations and Regulatory Affairs at Ørsted UK.
- Daniel Gear, who is a Strategic Programme Lead at Petrofac Engineering & Production Services
- Cameron Gilmour, who is Vice President at Doosan Babcock
- Steve Hunt, who is the UK Regional Director for Stork.
- Paudie Somers, who is CEO at Altrad for UK, Ireland and the Nordics.
Lynda Armstrong, Chair of the ECITB Board, said: “I am pleased to welcome such a high-calibre group of professionals to the ECITB. Collectively they represent the wide range of sectors and regions in which the engineering construction industry operates, and complement the diversity of talent already represented on the Board.
“I am in no doubt that these appointments will greatly benefit the ECITB at what is a critical time for the organisation. Earlier this month, we launched a new Covid-19 response package designed to support industry training through this difficult period. I am firmly committed to doing all we can to secure vital skills in the industry as it moves into the recovery phase.”
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