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Most successful year ever, says engineering construction training board


The Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB), an organisation dedicated to attracting, training and retaining employees in engineering construction, has hailed 2007 as its most successful year to-date.

The industry currently generates a £16b turnover, equating to 1.5 per cent of the UK’s GDP. A total of £18.8m was invested by the ECITB last year in skills development and training programmes for engineering construction employers.

Highlights of its success in 2007 included:

· A record 614 new apprentices registered with 158 companies (a 300 per cent increase on 2006)

· TECSkills (Training in Engineering Construction Skills) attracted 544 new learners in 24 companies

· 2,200 employees signed up to over 70 purpose designed professional courses, known as Technical Supervisory and Management Programmes or (TS&MP), teaching a range of industry relevant skills

· More than 600 people supported by ECITB Regional Discretionary Grants in 63 companies across the regions

· The ‘Construct your life, Engineer your Future’ roadshow was a huge success reaching 30,000 schoolchildren in England, Scotland and Wales

· Engagement with employers rose by 30 per cent and satisfaction improved by 11 per cent

· 2,000 ACE cards awarded and 50,000 learners achieved the ECITB CCNSG Safety Passport

· Network of centres approved to award ECITB qualifications has increased to 62 with 16 trained in the use of the paperless portfolio

· Launch of the 14-19 Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment

Tony Featherstone, ECITB operations director, said: “These figures demonstrate the substantial progress the ECITB is making in equipping the industry with the necessary number of highly skilled workers for the long term.


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