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Research & Development

Welcome to the ECITB Research & Development section of this webpage.

This section aims to provide you with up to date information on the various projects the R&D team are involved in that are related to this particular department. The section also includes the details of all R&D Product Development Managers in case you wish to contact any member of the team.

Please view the National Occupational Standards for the Engineering Construction Industry.


Supervisor Development

To support the development of supervisors in their career the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) has recently released an expanded and updated suite of Supervisor Development Programmes developed in response to specifications created by employers in the industry.

The new programmes are based upon the Supervisor Competence Framework for the Engineering Construction Industry which identifies three generic ‘levels’, or job families:


Typical job titles: Supervisor 1; Chargehand; Team Leader; 1st Line Supervisor; Chargehand (working); Area Lead


Typical job titles: Supervisor 2; Lead Chargehand; Supervisor ; Foreman; 2nd Line Supervisor; Lead Engineer

Senior Supervisor:     

Typical job titles: Supervisor 3; Superintendent; Staff Supervisor; Chief Engineer; Workshop Manager; Installation Manager

The Supervisor Competence Framework also identifies nine areas of competence common to all levels of supervisor covering both technical and leadership/management. Each is broken down into multiple levels of detail which are defined for the above levels, along with a self-assessment tool for supervisors to use.

The new courses are shown in the diagram below.  They include on-course assessments which lead to the award of an ECITB Certificate of Achievement and/or other recognition as shown.

The core courses shown above can be combined with other ECITB development opportunities including the NVQ3 Diploma in Management (leading to the award of the industry-recognised ACE card) and other courses including Project Management and Coaching Skills.  Courses can also be used as the scheme of work to achieve ILM or CMI certification if required.

Courses are delivered through the network of ECITB quality-assured Approved Training Providers (ATPs).  Whilst programmes are developed for the industry ATPs can, with ECITB approval, make changes to the way courses are delivered to incorporate activities relevant to different audiences.



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