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Developing a highly-skilled industry

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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Top apprentices selected as ECA Edmundson Awards Finalists

Top apprentices selected as ECA Edmundson Awards Finalists

16 Aug 2016

Four leading apprentices from electrical and building services firms have reached the national final of the ECA Edmundson Electrical Awards 2016, following a rigorous regional judging process

Apprentices give evidence to parliamentary inquiry

Apprentices give evidence to parliamentary inquiry

08 Aug 2016

Three ECA representatives have given verbal evidence to a UK parliamentary inquiry looking into apprenticeships, held jointly by the House of Commons Business and Education Committees.

ECA members meet Michael Fallon MP

ECA members meet Michael Fallon MP

16 Jul 2016

Payment and retentions discussed with government minister

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