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ECA launches £10million training fund

A £10 million training fund has been set up to encourage adult training and cover skills shortages in m&e, contract management and technical installations.

The Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) has launched the fund to support ongoing training in areas which do not qualify for government funding - such as adult training - and to stimulate investment in additional training, particularly in areas where there is currently a gap.

Courses covered by the ECA 2008 Training Fund are:
QCA-approved Electrotechnical NVQ Level 3 - for adults and those who will not otherwise receive government funding
The Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Contracting Management - (distance learning or block release), recognised and
supported by the ECA SELECT and BCIA
Introduction to Mechanical & Electrical Quantity Surveying - jointly provided by m&e education and training (the ECA and the HVCA working together) and Maitland QS.
David Pollock, ECA Group CEO said: “In this changing business environment, we believe that adult training and up-skilling talent that already exists within the industry is the key to plugging the skills gap.

“Our fund expressly intends to incentivise member companies that are committed to training and those struggling to get training programmes off the ground. '

One priority is to help people achieve the Electrotechnical NVQ Level 3 which includes electrical installation of ventilation fan wiring plus the testing and commissioning of new installations.

Mr Pollock said: “We hope that other organisations within the building services environment will follow our lead and that as an industry we will work together to tackle the skills shortfall once and for all.”

For more details go to:

To be eligible candidates must be:
ECA registered members of good standing, or full time employees of that company
Resident in England, Wales or Northern Ireland
Already committed to training or be willing to do so
Not a registered Apprentice