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ECITB Scholarship Project Control Level 3

The Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) are working in partnership with Richmond upon Thames College to offer an excellent opportunity for those aspiring engineers of the future that wish to pursue a career within the Engineering Construction Industry (ECI).

Planned to start in September 2021, the ECITB Scholarship Programme is a two year programme that will support up to 8 learners to pursue a 2-year full time programme in Project Controls and progress into an apprenticeship programme with a engineering/ construction company.

To support the learners on this full time, programme the ECITB will pay an allowance of £140 per week during term time.

All applicants making an application for this wonderful opportunity and are required to complete a written assessment pre-interview and will be informed of this once the application has been received.

Everyone with realistic chance of being offered a scholarship will be invited to attend an interview.


Exam Board: ECITB/Pearson


  • What will I study and learn?

    You will be studying full time and will achieve the Level 3 Diploma in Project controls

    • Engineering Principles
    • Project controls: the project life-cycle, breakdown structures, the relationship between time and cost, quality and risk, how project controls is critical to successful project delivery
    • Technical information: how to review and interpret technical information from different sources e.g. engineering drawings, manufacturing plans or construction plans to develop the scope for control
    • Estimating practice: classes of estimate, how to interpret technical requirements and specifications to develop the estimate, techniques for estimate development such as parametric, analogous, bottom-up
    • Planning and scheduling practice: difference between planning and scheduling, key terms and processes used to produce control schedules, how to interpret the technical requirements to produce a workable control schedule including development of logic networks, dependencies, critical paths, resource management, levelling and smoothing and impact of uncertainty and risk
    • Cost engineering practice: key terms and processes related to preparing control budgets, cash flow, cost control and cost engineering relationships
    • Work breakdown and coding structures: their purpose, how to create, use and interpret them to enable accurate control and the need for flexibility
    • Tracking data and progress reporting: collection, validation and monitoring of data against plan, reviewing accuracy of reporting, how to tailor the presentation of data for understanding and buy-in
    • Analysis techniques: how to identify trends and variances using techniques such as earned value analysis, forecasting, critical path analysis and risk analysis
    • Technical, engineering and mathematical principles: what these are and how to apply them to support effective project controls within the context of the role
    • Importance of safety: relevant engineering, construction and infrastructure specific knowledge including related national and industrial health, safety and environmental standards and legislation
    • Employer organisation, management systems, and procedures: related governance including quality, change control, data management and security, configuration management, version control, risk analysis and management, and document controlHow is the course assessed?
  • How is the course assessed?

    Projects and assignments based on current engineering practices and workplace situations.

  • What skills will I need for the course?
    • Employer organisation, management systems, and procedures: related governance including quality, change control, data management and security, configuration management, version control, risk analysis and management, and document controlHow is the course assessed?
    • good analytical and numeracy skills
    • good verbal and written communication skills
    • good problem solving skills
    • good interpersonal skills
    • good organisational skills
    • an eye for detail and ability to meet deadlines
    • enthusiasm with a willingness to learn and develop further.
  • What formal entry requirements will I need?

    Minimum of 5 GCSE grades A* - C (or equivalent qualifications) including mathematics (preferably B); English (Language); a science or technical subject.

  • What are my progression options?

    Project Control Technician Apprenticeship with Engineering or Construction company which the college will support you with.

  • Are there any costs involved?

    No - all students will be paid £140 per week during term time for the two year if successful in their application to be on the scholarship programme.

  • Are you aged over 19?

    Students aged 19 or over on 31st August directly preceding their academic year may be required to pay tuition fees for that year of study. Advanced Learner Loans may be available for students studying at Level 3. If you are aged 19-23 as at 31 August and this is your first full Level 3 you may not have to pay fees.

    Students who are 19-24 years old with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) issued by the Local Authority are not required to pay course fees (ie tuition fees are free). Students will be required to provide a final copy of their EHCP provided by the LA as evidence.

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