The Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) is the 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.
Have you thought about a careers in engineering construction? Without engineering construction we would have no heat to warm our homes, clean water to drink or petrol to fill our cars. Careers in engineering construction involve the design, construction and maintenance of industry sites and process plants responsible for production of oil, gas, water and food, and power generation.
The ECITB is an arms-length Government body that works to attract, recruit and train the skilled workforce required by industry. 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.
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.
Take a look at some of our apprentice videos and direct direct from them about their experiences.
Apprenticeships are available in a growing number of occupations in the engineering construction industry, spanning craft, technical, business and managerial roles.
- Mechanical Fitting
- 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)
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