Board Trustee (ECITB)

Body: Engineering Construction Industry Training Board
Appointing Department: Department for Education
Sector: Education
Location: The Board meets 6 times a year. Meetings generally take place in London, however, Trustees may be required to undertake occasional travel to meetings with stakeholders as an ambassador for the ECITB.
Number of Vacancies: Up to 4
Remuneration: All reasonable travel expenses incurred in connection with the role are payable by the ECITB and remuneration may be available for some roles.
Time Requirements: Up to 12 days per year


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

Date: 19/05/2020

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift

    Notification letters issued 27.01.20

  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Role Purpose


The criticality of engineering construction skills to the economy makes this an important and fascinating time to join the Board of the ECITB. The Board, under the guidance of its chair Lynda Armstrong OBE, has successfully concluded a levy consultation based on a new three year strategy. The levy consultation, which for the first time asked for an increase in levy, was strongly endorsed by the industry, demonstrating its commitment to training.


The ECITB is now looking for exceptional candidates who will quickly understand the needs of the engineering construction industry, and drive the organisation towards helping the industry attract, train and develop the skilled workforce it needs.


Trustees will work with the Chair to hold the Executive Team to account for delivery of the organisation’s offer to the engineering construction industry.   They will also act as motivated and enthusiastic ambassadors of the ECITB.


The ECITB is looking for individuals engaged in the employment of people in engineering construction. It is important that the board is representative of all engineering construction industry sectors and different sizes. Candidates from SMEs, as well as large companies, are particularly welcome.   We welcome applications from candidates from differing cultural and ethnic backgrounds.


Principal Responsibilities:


  • support the Chair in ensuring ECITB policies and actions meet the needs of the engineering construction industry and support the wider strategic policies of governments in England, Scotland and Wales.
  • ensure the ECITB meets its statutory, legal and regulatory obligations, and delivers against its core purposes.
  • promote the support ECITB provides to the industry and represent the organisation at external functions, meetings and events.
  • enthusiastically lead and participate in committees such as the Audit and Risk Committee, Remuneration and Nominations Committee and Qualifications and Awards committee, bringing impartiality and objectivity to the decision making process.
  • furthermore, one of the Trustees will be Chair of the Advisory Council. This will require a dynamic and inclusive approach to leading this important advisory body.
  • ensure that decisions are taken in the best, long-term interests of the organisation and Industry and take collective ownership of Board decisions.
  • conduct regular self-assessments and assessments of Board and Council effectiveness, as well as undertake an annual performance review with the Chair.


Person Specification

Throughout the application and interview stage, candidates will need to demonstrate how they meet all the following essential criteria:


  •  demonstrate a strong and visible commitment to ECITB and its role in helping the industry attract, train and develop the skilled workforce it needs
  • strong interpersonal communication and influencing skills to successfully engage and influence a range of senior stakeholders
  •  understanding and commitment to the skills needs of the engineering construction industry in Great Britain
  • recent experience at a senior level and a successful track record of achievement, within the engineering construction industry
  • a good understanding of the employment needs and emergent trends and developments within the engineering construction industry and a capability to use that knowledge to shape the future development of the ECITB


They should also have one or more of the following skills:


  • engineering
  • digital
  • Finance/Audit, including risk management
  • skills and training
  • governance and legal understanding
  • qualifications and awards
  • knowledge of at least one of the following sectors; oil & gas, power generation, nuclear, renewables, food & drink, pharmaceutical and chemicals
  • experience of industry associations

Additional Information

Information on the timetable for this campaign, selection process, requisite security clearance, and the Advisory Assessment Panel can be found on the Centre for Public Appointments   website:

How to Apply

Please submit the following documents by email to:


  1. A covering letter not exceeding two sides of A4 paper. (Arial size 12)
  2. A CV
  3. Candidate Application Form
  4. Diversity form

Please include the heading ECITB Trustee in the subject box. If submitting your application by email, please submit your application documents as separate attachments.


Please note the following:

  • we cannot accept applications submitted after the closing date
  • applications will be assessed on the documentation provided. Please refer to the advert and checklist to ensure you have provided the necessary documentation. We will assess it based solely on documentation provided.
  • applications will be acknowledged upon receipt.
  • feedback will only be given to candidates unsuccessful following interview.


ECITB Trustee Candidate Pack November 2019
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