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Skills for the Future

Tackling the skills shortage and attracting new talent to the industry.

Our Members know the importance of a competent, well-trained workforce.

Many started their careers as apprentices and progressed to senior company roles or running their own businesses. They understand the mix of skills and experience needed by trainees.


As system designers and installers, our Members are in the vanguard of the shift to smart buildings and net zero. These complex challenges make it vital we attract and keep high calibre entrants.


ECA plays a pivotal role shaping employment, training and qualification programmes to fit our industry for the future.

ECA plays a pivotal role shaping employment, training and qualification programmes to fit our industry for the future.

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What is the issue?
Lack of investment in suitable training
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Lack of investment in suitable training

Current regulation and business practices often discourage investment in high quality training.

Confusing entry routes to training
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Confusing entry routes to training

Entry routes into the industry can be unequal and confusing.

Right people, wrong training
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Right people, wrong training

CPD / upskilling training is routinely made available to unqualified, incompetent installers.

What change is ECA calling for?
A regulatory and business environment which encourages investment in high quality training
All entry routes to align with a common, industry-endorsed standard
Minimum competence requirements to be a condition for enrolment on a CPD or upskilling course
Rigorous checks on training providers to maintain quality and consistency of training
It is possible to fly without motors, but not without knowledge and skill
Wilbur Wright
ECA's activity
Working Group 2 Competence Report published

May 2022: Working Group 2, set up as part of the post-Grenfell Competence Steering Group, published a report marking an important milestone in progress towards improved standards of installer competence in the built environment.


Apprenticeship recruitment rises

February 2022: Sector wide Quarterly Building Engineering Business Survey which includes data from industry trade bodies ECA, BESA, SELECT and SNIPEF, shows rise in apprenticeship recruitment.

ECA National Apprenticeship Week Webinar

February 2022: ECA host webinar with Jill Nicholls (IfATE) detailing the current and upcoming apprenticeship developments in England and Wales.

ECA joins Actuate UK

August 2021: ECA joins industry alliance Actuate UK to urge school leavers to enter engineering careers, as the UK employment market enters uncharted territory.

ECA contributes to new skills plan

March 2021: ECA is a key contributor to the Construction Leadership Council’s Skills Plan 2021-2025 through its involvement with the CLC People and Skills Network.

ECA National Apprenticeship Week Webinar
February 2021: Apprenticeship week, ECA showcases the success of JTL female electrical apprentices at Member firm, TClarke.
ECA leads on Installer Competence
January 2021: Andrew Eldred, ECA’s Head of Workforce and Public Affairs, Leads on Installer Competence for the Construction Leadership Council.
Retaining employees webinar

August 2020: ECA’s employment and skills team outline the options businesses have to help them retain employees in the challenging Covid period, above and beyond the furlough scheme.

ECA Skills4Climate Report Published

Summer 2020: ECA produces ground breaking Skills4Climate industry survey report, mapping the skills and training required to achieve ‘Net Zero Carbon’ by 2050.

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