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Service Leavers Event

On the 22 October the ECITB in conjunction with the CTP (Career Transition Partnership) hosted its annual service leavers event and exhibition at the Imperial War Museum in Salford. Chris Claydon opened the event with a call to action for attendees. The event was supported by the North West team and past and present Regional Chairs, Richard Ventre and Mike O’Neill and member companies, including, Sellafield Ltd, Doosan Babcock, Buchan ICS, Severn Unival, Bilfinger IS, EEEGR & Skills for Energy, Boulting, Laker Vent, Costain, Thyson Technology, National Grid. The ECITB also invited a group of workers from the SSI steel plant in Teesside to facilitate links with companies and potential new career opportunities.

ECITB Skills and Training Charter

Following a number of years working with the ECITB in developing the skills and capabilities of their employees, Stopford Projects have become the latest company within the North West region to sign the Skills and Training Charter indicating their continued commitment to investing in the training and development required within the industry.  On Thursday, 10th September, Sean Thompson, Account Manager for the ECITB awarded Stopford with the charter as an acknowledgement of their training and development investment.

National Women In Engineering Day - 23rd June 2015

Ten female Engineering Apprentices who are all just completing their first year off the job at Training 2000 in Blackburn have been busily working on a special project over the last three months. The Apprentices, three of whom are from Bilfinger Industrial Services and Sellafield  are all undertaking a variety of Engineering Apprenticeship Frameworks and are utilising their skills to design and manufacture an Aeroplane light.

The group presented their project to employers and other key stakeholders on Tuesday 23rd June as part of their celebration of National Women in Engineering Day. Natasha Greenbury from Bilfinger Industrial Services who was the Project Manager of the group said “It was great to work as part of a team to complete this project, as we are all doing different Apprenticeships we all took on different roles in completing the task, from planning and designing, machining and then electrical. We wanted to show what girls could achieve and to demonstrate that women shouldn’t be afraid to put themselves forward”.


North West Project Control Apprenticeship Cohort

As the first year of the first cohort of Project Control Apprentices in the North West draws to a close we were proud to host an event at Training 2000 on 12th May 2015 to celebrate the achievements of the Apprentices whilst in the training centre. The event, which was attended by the Apprentices employers, Shepley, Amec, William Hare and NIS Ltd commenced with Training 2000 briefing the employers on progress to date of the Apprentices which was followed by information on the Apprentices Assessor, timings and methods of assessment visits and most importantly the mandatory and optional units of the BTEC with the aim of easing the transition of the Apprentices in to the work place.

The Apprentices then all did short presentations on their journey so far highlighting what they had enjoyed most, the challenges they faced and what they were looking forward to going into the work place.

Two of the Apprentices Jonathan Shepherd and Adam Royle-Pryor talked about their experience of working on a real life project set for them by East Lancs NHS Trust who had a problem with a monitor on an anaesthetic system widely used in operating theatres across their sites in Blackburn and Burnley. A small part which attached the monitor was not fit for purpose and they asked the Project Control apprentices to design a bespoke replacement.

Johnathan, 16 said “Being a first year apprentice I have never had the experience of being involved in a real project before. It has taught me that it is necessary to gather as much information as to ensure you are doing exactly what is asked of you. I also think it will give me the confidence in future projects when going back to my company. Now that I have been involved for a few weeks it has made me realise I will be going into the job that is right for me.”

Rob Kember, Regional Account Manager for the ECITB closed the event by thanking Training 2000 and the employers for their support and also wished the Apprentices well on the next stage of their Apprentice journey.


North West Apprentice & Employer Testimonies

Apprentice Testimony

Name: Natasha Greenbury

Age: 19 

Employer: Bilfinger Industrial Services

Apprenticeship: Project Controls

I completed my A’Levels in Maths and Physics and decided I didn’t want to go to University to do an Engineering Degree so I applied for an Apprenticeship instead.

I am currently in my first year of my Apprenticeship at Training 2000 but when I start my second year I will be back with my employer working as part of a team in overseeing large projects in costing and planning.

The thing I really enjoy most about my Apprenticeship is that we I get to do both practical and theory based work which gives me a better understanding of the overall environment.

As for the future, once I have completed my Apprenticeship I would like to go on to achieve my Level 4 Diploma and progress into Project Management.


Employer Testimony 

Name: John Royle 

Job Title: Apprentice Co-Ordinator 

Company: AMEC Foster Wheeler – Clean Energy


AMEC Foster Wheeler are a great supporter of Apprenticeships and we currently have 34 Apprentices - 11 Mechanical Design Engineering, 7 Electrical Design Engineers, 3 Project Control Engineers and 13 Craft Skills Fitters all working on a range of Nuclear engineering support projects.

As an organisation we recruit Apprentices to meet our sustainability needs as when people retire if we don’t train new employees their specialist engineering knowledge and skills will be lost.

I would definitely recommend recruiting an Apprentice to other companies but you must invest the time to train them well. If you train them well, they will grow faster and your business will grow better.

A quote from one of our 2nd Year Apprentices, Grant Harrop, on coming into the office for the first time…. “I can’t believe it, a desk with my name on it!” 


Apprentice Testimony

Name: Luke Ashcroft

Age: 19 

Employer: Lakervent Engineering Ltd

Apprenticeship: Pipefitting

I chose an Apprenticeship as I really wanted to learn whilst being paid and thought it was a better option for me. I’m currently in my second year of my Apprenticeship and I enjoy the fact that I have the potential to work and learn something new every day in working alongside qualified fitters and welders.

Once I’ve completed my Apprenticeship I would be interested in progressing onto a HNC,  HND or Degree at University.

Employer Testimony

Name: Hayley Jones

Job Title: HR Manager

Company: Lakervent Engineering Ltd


We have been involved in Apprenticeships for the past 25 years and have managed to still employ the vast majority who account for 80% of our current workforce in various roles to include supervision and working on a variety of projects throughout the UK.

We currently have 12 Pipefitting Apprentice’s and 1 Welding Apprentice at various stages of their Apprenticeship journey. I would recommend Apprenticeships to other employers to invest in their employees of the future whilst at the same time ensuring competence by completion of an industry recognised framework for training in line with company requirements.


 Apprentice Testimony 

Name: Melissa Worrall

Age: 18

Employer: AMEC Foster Wheeler

Apprenticeship: Project Controls

I completed my first year of A Level’s in Law, Accounting and Psychology but decided college wasn’t for me so I decided to look for an Apprenticeship. I am currently in my first year of my Apprenticeship at Training 2000 in Blackburn and I'm really enjoying the combination of work based learning and practical learning.

I am looking forward to returning to my employer in my second year as I will be working in a large team of Project Controllers contributing to costing, planning and scheduling.  When I have completed my Apprenticeship I am looking forward to progressing with my employer hopefully to higher roles.

Meet the Team

From Left to Right: Sean Thompson (Account Manager), Steph Riley (Regional Administrator), Nicola Merriman (Account Manager) & Rob Kember (Regional Account Manager)

Our region covers a vast geographic area from Crewe to Carlisle and Ellesmere Port to Greater Manchester and is home to an extensive array of Engineering Construction activity. The North West Regional Team work closely with employers, training providers, learners and other stakeholders to deliver a value added professional service.  

If you would like further information on the products and services that the ECITB have to offer please contact a member of the team.


Regional Information 

Within the region in 2014, over 7,000 people were trained, upskilled and retrained in a range of Apprenticeships, Skills and Technical programmes, Management and Professional Courses and through the use of the Regional Discretionary Grant. 

Three times a year a regional forum is held for Inscope employers which is an opportunity to network and share best practice along with receiving regional updates from the Chair and Regional Account Manager. The forum’s take place at the Wrightington Hotel Wigan at 9.45am for a 10.00am start. The forum dates for 2016 are:

Thursday 3rd March 2016

Wednesday 22nd June 2016

Wed 19th October 2016

May the team extend their thanks to employers for their continued support and commitment to the training of people within the Engineering Construction Industry.



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