ECITB Technical and craft training

Technical and craft training courses develop the skills required by the engineering construction sector.  The ECITB works with companies to make sure training courses meet the needs of industry.  To ensure employees receive high quality training, all courses are delivered to employers through our network of approved training providers.

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Technical training

What are the benefits of technical training?

Benefits of technical training for learners:

  • Progress from semi-skilled to craft status.
  • Transfer skills from another sector, for example, from the Services.
  • Achieve craft status by through Vocational Qualifications.
  • Pick and mix skills to meet their employer’s needs.
  • Achieve a qualification based on the National Occupational Standard.

First, employees should discuss their training needs with their employer and then contact the local ECITB-approved training provider. Your local ECITB account manager can help you to find a course elsewhere in the country if one is not available nearby.

The ECITB supports technical training in the following disciplines:

Abrasive Wheels
 Appointed Persons – Moving Loads click here for more information pdf logo
 Commercial Awareness
 Condition Monitoring
 Confined Space
 Electrical Installation
 Electrical Maintenance
 Flow Measurement
 High Integrity Welding
 Human Performance
 Hydraulic Systems
 Industrial Drone Operations
 Instrument & Control
 Lifting and Positioning
 Manual Handling
 Managing Welding Operations
 Mechanical Fitting
 Mechanical Joint Integrity click here for more information pdf logo
 Mechanical Maintenance
 Metal Decking Installation
 Monitoring Engineering Construction  Activities
 Moving Loads
 Non Destructive Testing
 Offshore Decommissioning Awareness
 Onsite Machining
 Precision Measurement
 Pressure Safety Valves
 Project Controls
 Root Cause Analysis
 Small Bore Tubing click here for more information pdf logo
 Steel Erecting
 Supporting Engineering Construction  Activities
 Supporting Engineering Construction  Operations
 Trayfitting Wind Turbine Blade Repair
 Wind Turbine Hub Rescue
 Wire Rope Inspection
 Working at Height

Courses cover either technical or occupational competence. Approved training courses take between 1 day and 8 weeks.  Disciplines include:

  • Abrasive Wheels
  • Confined Space
  • Manual Handling.
  • Mechanical Fitting
  • Mechanical Joint Integrity
  • Pipefitting
  • Small Bore Tubing
  • Rigging
  • Working at Height

ECITB training follows a four-stage approach.  This approach is also used with the offshore sector for Mechanical Joint Integrity (MJI), Small Bore Tubing (SBT) and Appointed Person Moving Loads (APML).

Stage 1

Initial off the job training at an ECITB-approved centre.

Stage 2

A guided work-based task assignment.

Stage 3

Employers can choose either an ECITB Technical Test or an ECITB Vocational Qualification, which assess and validate technical and occupational competence respectively.

Stage 4

Tests of technical competence are reassessed every 3 years to ensure workers perform to the same high standards.

By using an ECITB-approved training provider, employers can ensure their workforce has the requisite skills and expertise. Employees get an ECITB certificate of training to prove their competence. Completion of the ECITB-approved training shows employers and clients that an employee has discipline-specific skills and can work safely.

Grant support for Technical Training

All in-scope employers are eligible for grant support for technical training from the ECITB. Please discuss your technical training funding with your ECITB Account Manager. For more information visit our Grants page