Project Controls Technician Apprenticeship

17 July 2019

A new apprenticeship standard, set to change the landscape of the construction sector and talent pipeline, is being delivered by Northern Skills Group.

Due to be delivered in September, the Project Controls Technician Apprenticeship

As PMO Director at Costain, Shane Forth, , chaired the project controls technician trailblazer apprenticeship programme working group and will be delivering the new standard at Northern Skills Group, the apprenticeship and training arm of Middlesbrough College.

Shane has over 43 years’ experience working in industry, starting his first role at Philips Petroleum as a Assistant Planning Engineer at aged 19. He soon progressed on to more senior roles and found a new post at AMEC Process & Energy as Planning Manager.

‘I soon recognised there was a skills shortage of planning engineers and it was very difficult to find staff. In 1997 I took on trainees and soon after started to work on the Project Controls Apprenticeship, something was needed to address the skills gap.’

Together with other key employers in the construction and engineering industry, Shane launched the first modern apprenticeship in Project Controls.

“We had 14 apprentices start on the programme who progressed to become young professional engineers, it was so rewarding to see the programme change someone’s career.’

Fast forward to the present day, around 300 apprenticeship have completed the apprenticeship with another 100 currently enrolled on to the programme.’

Despite the success of those on the programme, Shane knew the skills shortage still prevailed and something needed to be done. 

‘There are many projects out there such as Crossrail 2 and the High Speed 3 rail link between Manchester and Leeds which need well trained and highly skilled project controllers to ensure complex projects such as this stay on the right track.’

‘ECITB asked if I would act as Chair Trailblazer for the Project Controls Apprenticeship Standard which is now being delivered across the UK which I was more than happy to do, I have always had a passion for developing people.’

After seeing the work Shane had been involved with, Northern Skills Group contacted him to see if he would help deliver the new standard to their learners across Teesside and the North East and Shane and the team are now on the lookout for new apprentices and employers to start the apprenticeship this September.

‘I’m thrilled to be delivering the apprenticeship in partnerships with Northern Skills Group and help provide a pool of talented people for the construction and engineering sector.’

‘We’re calling on companies to get in touch and see how we can support them, Project Controls is a vital tool for successful projects and we want to help those who need that skill set in the workplace.’

If you think a Project Control Apprentice could benefit your business, call 03453 40 40 40 or email

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