Engineering jobs in the UK
ECITB boosts unemployed job prospects through training pilot in Pembrokeshire
Unemployed people with an interest in engineering construction as a career could see their job prospects significantly enhanced thanks to a new pilot training which is being offered through an ECITB/Pembrokeshire College and Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills partnership. The programme, which is being funded by the Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills, will give 60 unemployed people in Pembrokeshire the chance to train towards an NVQ Level 2 qualification in engineering construction at Pembrokeshire College over a 10 week period. Hopefully this will be followed by the chance of employment with a local contractor which could enable participants to complete their NVQ Level 3 qualification. One of the participants is Jason Oatley from Neyland, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, who said; “This course has given me more confidence in myself and the belief that I can have a new career even though I am now 40. I have enhanced my job prospects as I am upskilling into a different industry. There are a few refineries in Pembrokeshire, and a brand new power station is being built, so I’m in a position to apply for jobs I wouldn’t have applied for before doing this course.” “Learning something new at my time of life was something I had never considered, but I hope this programme will show others that things can happen no matter how late in life you start them. I am pleased to tell my children what I am doing, and each day I go to my course, my children are proud of me, which makes me so determined to succeed.” Comments Martyn Johnson, ECITB Regional Account Manager for Wales and the South West: “There is a major shortage of skills in the engineering construction sector and it is the ECITB’s mission to address this through training which is designed by the industry for the industry. “The engineering construction sector plays a vital role in the UK economy and is responsible for generating £16 billion annual turnover which accounts for 1.5% UK GDP. However, the UK economy will not flourish without vital upgrades to infrastructure such as the replacement of coal and nuclear power stations. This will be impossible unless the current skills shortages are addressed. “This is the thinking behind this pilot scheme which is designed to give people with an interest in engineering construction the chance to earn a recognised qualification and gain on-the-job experience to help them find future employment.” To date 46 unemployed people across Pembrokeshire have embarked on the ECITB training course and 14 more are expected to start within in the next two months. The project has already proved its worth with 11 of its participants already having secured employment.