Work Ready Programme

The ECITB Work Ready Programme is designed to tackle industry skills shortages and support individuals into employment.

Work Ready is a collaborative and co-funded partnership between a college, local employers, the ECITB and the Department of Work and Pensions.

The 16-week programme comprises 13 weeks at college, three weeks of work placements involving core engineering trades and a guaranteed job interview at the end.

The first cohort of 12 learners started at Pembroke College in February 2023. They will follow a vocational qualification in fabrication and welding processes, maintenance techniques and hand-fitting skills. Following the course, they will be work ready and semi-skilled to support local industry demands.

12 learners started at Pembroke College in February 2023

12 learners started at Pembroke College in February 2023.

Developing work-ready skills

Upon successful completion of the programme learners will achieve a Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations and employability skills training. They will also receive work-ready skills and ECITB certification including:

  • Client and Contract National Safety Group (CCNSG) Safety Passport
  • Manual handling
  • Handheld and abrasive wheels
  • Working in low risk confined space
  • Working at height
  • Working safely with hand and power tools and equipment
  • ECITB Digital Passport (delivered through online learning) includes:
    • Using devices and handling information
    • Creating and editing documents and spreadsheets,
    • Digital communication
    • Correspondence and presentations
    • Online safety

Following their training learners could secure employment in their local engineering construction industry and progress to craft or technician tradesperson.

Work is underway to extend the Work Ready scheme to other areas of the UK

Find out more on the Work Ready programme

If you are an employer or training provider interested in the ECITB Work Ready Programme, please contact your ECITB Account Manager or email

Download our brochure on the ECITB Work Ready programme