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The Engineering Design & Procurement (EDP) Region is unique in being formed of companies based on their business activities rather than their geographical location.

The current elected Chairman of the EDP Region is Stephen Hoskins of Amec Foster Wheeler Energy Ltd, who is supported by ECITB Regional Account Manager Phillip Jefferies, Account Manager Dawn Thompson and Regional Administrator Louise Symonds.

The number of companies in the Region grew in 2015 to 43 and we warmly welcome the newly inscope company Jee.

Over 4400 learners were trained within the Region in 2014.  This training came in a range of forms.  The main areas were Project Management specialised courses and qualifications, Engineering Design Software courses and Higher Education courses.  There was a significant increase in the 3 day Estimating & Methodology and Practice course which was developed by the ECITB after the need was raised with the EDP Region.  The new Project Document Manager's course, which started being delivered in 2013, saw a high level of support accross the Region, with excellent feedback.

The ECITB Project Management competition (historically known as the ACTIVE Cup) is run twice yearly by the ECITB and Cranfield SoM in Bedford, as part of a programme of project management training.  The competition, which comprises of 12 teams of 5 delegates, receives a high level of support from companies within the Region.  January 2015's competition was fully subscribed with all 12 teams booked well in advance. 

The Region continually supports a number of careers events thoughout the year to advertise the Engineering Construction Industries and the opportunities within it.  The events attended range from large national events to more localised events.  The Region assists inscope companies with the recruitment of apprentices and graduates.  Details of upcoming careers events through 2015 are listed below.

If you would like any further information about the ECITB and it's products and services available, along with information about grant funding, please contact the Regional Office (between 08.30am-2.30pm) on 01634 820789 or email Phillip.Jefferies@ecitb.org.uk or Dawn.Thompson@ecitb.org.uk


Regional Forum Dates in 2015

Thursday 5th February 2015 - 10.00am (for a 10.30am start) to 3.00pm

Venue : The DoubleTree by Hilton at Westminster.  30 John Islip Street, London, SW1P 4DD

Tuesday 21st April 2015 - 10.00am (for a 10.30am start) to 3.00pm

Venue :  EIC (Energy Industries Council) 89 Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7TP

Wednesday 22nd July 2015 - 10.00am (for a 10.30am start) to 3.00pm

Venue : EIC (Energy Industries Council) 89 Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7TP

Thursday 8th October 2015 - 10.00am (for a 10.30am start) to 3.00pm

Venue : EIC (Energy Industries Council) 89 Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7TP

Meeting minutes -You will find links to the minutes of the EDP fora on the top left hand side of this web page.  For copies of slides and supporting papers, please email the Regional Administrator, Louise.Symonds@ecitb.org.uk



Skills & Training Charter

Congratulations to Air Products who have signed the ECITB Contractors Skills and Training Charter.  James Andrew from Air Products was presented with the Charter by Steve Hoskins, ECITB Regional Chair for EDP at Thursday's (05.02.15) forum in London.

Upcoming Careers Events 2015

EDP will be attending a number of events across the region in 2015.  We will be attending

the following through 2015.

National Apprentice Week 9th-13th March 2015

3rd March 2015 (10.00am - 2.00pm) 2015 Richmond upon Thames College Work and

Training Fair 

6th March 2015 Berkshire Apprentice Adventure at the Madjeski Stadium

National Science & Engineering Week

11th-14th March inclusive (09.30 - 16.00) The Big Bang Fair at Birmingham NEC.  The Big Bang Fair is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for young people in the UK.  Taking place during national science and engineering week, the event comprises over 200 organisations all exhibiting to give young people a real flavour of the type of industries and careers STEM subjects can lead to.  EDP's Phil Jefferies will be attending on Thursday 12th & Friday 13th March.  This year the ECITB will be sharing a stand with the Nuclear Institute and we will have our 'Be a part of Engineering Construction' game app available for visitors to engage with.


Upcoming Improving Project Performance (IPP) dates 2015

9th May - 16th May 2015

19th September - 26th September 2015

14th November - 21st November 2015

The ECITB Project Management Competition - Successfully demonstrating ACTIVE Principles

The Project Management Competition, historically known as The ACTIVE Cup, is one of ECITB's flagship events.  The competition has been running for an impressive 18 years and is run twice a year as part of a programme of project management training.  Twice a year up to 12 teams, comprising of 5 members per team, are entered by employers from the engineering and construction industry to enhance the skills of their employees, through the management of a computer simulated fixed price construction project.  Over the course of the three day event, the teams receive tutorials before being asked to demonstrate an understanding of project management processes thoughout the cycle of the project.  This requires showing an understanding of the relationship between, costs, schedules, cash flow, project risk management, commercial awareness, personal organisation and behaviour.

The winning team is judged to be the one making the most profit against their initial bid price and in the judgement of the adjudicators, pays the most heed to and operates in accordance with the ACTIVE principles.

At least £250 billion is expected to be invested in new projects over the next decade.  The ECITB has a focused effort on ensuring project management skills are delivered to secure a workforce to deliver essential infrastructure projects across all engineering construction sectors, including new nuclear and renewable power systems and engineering projects in oil, gas, chemicals and refining.

For further information about team composition and how to take part in the next Project Management Competition in June 2015, please contact the EDP Team below.  The competition is promoted throughout the year.

For more information about the ECITB, visit www.ecitb.org.uk and for more information about Cranfield SoM, visit www.cranfield.ac.uk




ECITB Project Management (ACTIVE CUP) Competition EDP (23rd - 25th January)

held at Cranfield SOM


WINNERS - KBR, (from left to right) Alice Parish-Matheson, Daniel Morris, ECITB's Regional Operations Director - Andy Brown, Kiri Nunn, Matthew Fogarty and Alan Yan 

ECITB's Chief Executive, David Edwards (second left) presenting the jublilant winners with their trophy at the KBR Greenford site

The rest of the results for the EDP Project Management Competition were as follows;

GOLD - Amec Foster Wheeler

SILVER - Offshore Design Engineering


 Thank you to everyone who participated and attended the competition.

 Phil Jefferies, Regional Account Manager for EDP and SE & E, said the competition had been, "Absolutely fantastic" and did a great job recording the event real-time via twitter (#ECITBPMComp) and also in video and photography.  Watch out for the full report on our website.  Andy Brown ECITB's Regional Operations Director, presented the cup to the jubilant winners, above.




Winners of the OFFSHORE Project Management Competition (23rd - 25th February)

held at Carnoustie Hotel

WorleyParsons Europe Ltd

The rest of the results of the OFFSHORE Project Management Competition were as follows:

GOLD - Marathon Oil

SILVER - Aker Solutions


Upcoming Project Management Competition Dates 2015/2016


Friday 26th - Sunday 28th June 2015


Friday 22nd - Sunday 24th January 2016

Friday 24th - Sunday 26th June 2016



Notes to editors:

About the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board

  1. The ECITB is the statutory and charitable body set up to secure engineering construction skills now and for the future. It has delivered training successfully to over one million learners over 20 years, and is led and funded by employers from the industry, ensuring the services are relevant and fit for purpose
  2. The ECITB provides professional advice, information, skills development and qualifications to help individuals in engineering construction and anyone interested in a career in the industry to succeed. A dedicated website has been set up to provide more detailed information http://careers.ecitb.org.uk/
  3. The ECITB sets a range of occupational and training standards, awards industry specific qualifications and invests £20 million each year in support of apprentices and adult learners across a range of skills. From entry level craft and technician programmes through to advanced engineering project management skills. In 2011, 65,000 people were supported through the ECITB’s range of approved programmes delivered by a network of over 200 approved providers.
  4. The ECITB strategy is built on three objectives, these are to attract, qualify and develop talented people for the industry. The ECITB operating processes that secure the depth, breadth and quality of service are: employer engagement, identification of skills needs and priorities, stakeholder and provider engagement, delivery and continuous improvement. The ECITB provides support to employers, their employees and apprentices to design, build, maintain and decommission nuclear, power, pharmaceutical, renewables, chemicals, food, water, oil & gas facilities and other processes.


For more information visit www.ecitb.org.uk









Engineering Design & Procurement Forum Office

  • Blue Court
    Church Lane
    Kings Langley
    WD4 8JP

  • Tele : 01923 260000

  • Fax : 01923 270969
  • ECITB@ecitb.org.uk
  • Administrator for Engineering Design and Procurement (EDP) Forum



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