New ECS route for Network Infrastructure industry
A new Occupational Qualification Structure for the Network Infrastructure industry (formerly known as data comms) will come into effect from 1 January 2021.
The Qualification Structure, designed for new entrants and experience practitioners, will lead to Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) card recognition. From 1 July 2021 all card renewals will also need to meet the requirements of the new Occupational Qualification Structure.
The new Structure has been developed by an industry wide working group formed of the ECA, the Joint Industry Board (JIB), SELECT, CNet Training and a large group of employers, and follows the launch of the Network Cable Installer Apprenticeship Standard. Setting the benchmark for new entrants to the market at Level 3, it addresses the need to recognise professionals currently in the workforce that already benefit from hands-on experience, previous education and training and industry recognised qualifications.
Jay Parmar, Chief Executive of the JIB, said: “The new pathway clarifies the differences in education, training and experience for those already in the industry, and sets out a route for those entering the network cabling infrastructure industry. The JIB is delighted to have been involved in what we believe will mark a significant upturn in professionalism and competency in the Network Infrastructure industry.”