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Working closely with government, as well as other industry stakeholders, ECA endeavours to maintain the integrity of our apprenticeships and to attract high calibre entrants into our industry.

ECA understands the importance of continuous professional training and traineeships/apprenticeships for young people. We have pressed the Government to ensure apprenticeships are rigorous and high quality, and that sufficient numbers of apprenticeships are engineering based.

ECA is a leading and founding member of TESP – the Electrotechnical Skills Partnership.

Ensuring high quality apprenticeships

The government has overhauled apprenticeships, particularly funding, with the aim of creating 3 million new apprenticeships by 2020, which ECA supports. However, we believe an emphasis needs to be placed on the quality of apprenticeships, as well as quantity, and that means engineering and technical apprenticeships.

Bridging the skills gap

The UK’s engineering services sector is facing a growing skills shortage, and Britain is in desperate need of more skilled – engineering - apprenticeships. Government and schools need to do much more to back STEM subjects and encourage take-up of vocational engineering training. As part of our efforts in this area, ECA and partners within TESP support efforts to upskill existing workers within the industry. 

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Small businesses receive boost from Budget plans

Small businesses receive boost from Budget plans

31 Oct 2018

ECA and BESA calls to Government are backed in Budget announcement

Changes afoot with launch of AM2S

Changes afoot with launch of AM2S

05 Apr 2018

AM2S, the End Point Assessment (EPA) for the electrotechnical apprenticeship standard, is now available through a number of NET centres. AM2S will now run in parallel with the existing AM2, which remains the assessment for the ‘apprenticeship framework’ and mature candidate assessment.

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