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About us

The Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) is the employer-led skills, standards and qualifications body for the development of the engineering construction workforce of Great Britain. An arms-length body of the UK Government, the ECITB reports to the Department for Education.

Engineering construction makes up more than one-fifth of the total UK economy and supports the nation’s critical infrastructure.  It operates across the oil and gas, nuclear and renewables sectors, as well as major process industries, such as chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food processing, water and waste treatment. Around 190,000 jobs are directly supported by engineering construction.

Along with the education sector, government and employers, we work to ensure the UK has workers with the skills to meet the needs of the engineering construction industry. We design and award a wide range of qualifications, covering craft, technical and managerial disciplines. We are also responsible for developing and maintaining National Occupational Standards for the industry, which form the basis of our Training Standards, Vocational Qualifications, Technical Tests and Licensed Programmes, delivered by our approved network of training provider.

Have you thought about a careers in engineering construction? 
Imagine a world where there was no heat to warm our homes, no clean water to drink and no petrol to fill our cars.  Sounds like something from science fiction.  But without Engineering Construction our world would look and feel very different.

Over the coming years, the ECITB will play a vital role working with industry to make our energy greener, helping to transition to new technologies that will enable the UK to reach its net zero targets and tackle the challenge of climate change. Our research shows that engineering construction companies must recruit staff for an extra 33,000 jobs by 2026. So, whether you are a young person just embarking on a career from school or university, or already in employment in a engineering role, there are plenty of opportunities to build a successful and rewarding careers in engineering construction

Click here to download our guide to careers in engineering construction.


Apprenticeships in engineering offer an ideal path into a career in the engineering construction industry.  For employers, apprenticeships develop committed and talented employees who learn their skills on the job. For learners, apprenticeships in engineering provide an opportunity to earn while you learn.

The ECITB works with employers and training providers to support apprenticeships across a wide range of disciplines.

Become an apprentice

Apprenticeships combine practical training with study. And, as a result, they are increasingly valued by employers. As an apprentice, you will be employed by your company from day one and will combine practical training with study. An apprenticeship in engineering construction pays well and will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to excel and progress in your career.

Apprenticeships are available in a growing number of occupations in the engineering construction industry, spanning craft, technical, business and managerial roles. 

These include:

  • Welding
  • Pipefitting
  • Mechanical Fitting
  • Erecting/Rigging
  • Electrical Installation
  • Maintenance and Operations Engineering technician
  • Design and Draughting
  • Project Control
  • Non Destructive Testing (NDT)
  • Project Controls technician
  • Associate Project Manager
  • Postgraduate Engineer
  • Engineering Construction (Scotland and Wales)
  • Advanced Engineering Construction (Wales)
  • Wind Turbine Operation and Maintenance (Scotland)
  • Upstream oil and gas production (Scotland)

For more information about apprenticeships and how to find them, visit our website.

Support for employers to take on an apprentice

Apprenticeships in engineering help make your business more effective. They provide a mixture of off-the-job learning and on-the-job practical experience provide the skilled employees you need. Demand for skilled workers will increase over the coming years and apprenticeships are a critical way of developing new talent.

The ECITB supports apprenticeships in a number of ways. We provide grant funding to employers to support apprenticeships in engineering. And we work with training providers assure the quality of assessment of some apprenticeships in England.

If you are interested in taking on an apprentice and want to know more about the support ECITB offers, please contact your account manager in the first instance.

Find out more

For full details of what we do and the opportunities we offer, use the links provided to our website and follow us here on icanbea.

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