• Apprentice Exchange winner announced

    Twenty-five year old Samantha Jones has been named winner of the 2015 Apprentice Exchange Programme, organised by the Joint Industry Board (JIB).

    Employed by Melvin John Electrical in Coleford, Gloucester, Jones will fly out to the United States in May and spend six weeks living and working in New York. During her trip she will learn how electrical contracting works in the country and will act as an ambassador for the UK industry.

  • Taster day sparks real interest

    A group of women interested in finding out more about becoming an electrician have attended a special event at The Sheffield College.

  • Klein Tools and Super Rod donate £1m of products for apprentices in JTL’s National Centre of Excellence

    Klein Tools and Super Rod, a leader in wire installation tools, have announced a significant financial investment in the United Kingdom’s JTL, a training program in the electrical sector

  • JTL reports ‘excellent year’ for apprenticeship recruitment

    JTL, apprenticeship provider in the building services engineering sector, has reported a hugely successful twelve months on the apprenticeship recruitment front.

    In the year 2014/15, the company achieved in excess of 2000 starts across England and Wales for the first time since 2007/08.

  • Apprenticeship provider responds to ‘damning’ Ofsted report

    Training provider JTL’s chief executive has responded to this week’s Ofsted report that seems to suggest apprenticeships are delivering poor quality for money and seeing thousands of “under achieving” young people.

    Jon Graham said he is disappointed the headline messaging that has been seized upon, ignores the very positive results and outcomes many specialist providers are delivering for the UK economy.

    Graham commented: “We welcome Ofsted’s  investigation into apprenticeship issues and their concerns around quality and accept that their comments have  resonance in the wider apprenticeship field, where many short-term apprenticeships have been developed in areas that do not support fundamental business requirements - such as addressing the national skills shortage.

    “However, we’d have liked to have seen more media coverage of the benefits of apprenticeships to the economy too – for instance a recent report estimated a Higher Apprenticeship can increase an individual’s lifetime earning potential by up to £150,000, comparable to the return for a university graduate.

    “I also think it’s important to recognise that there are many high quality training providers not reflected in these headlines. Achievement rates on apprenticeships are higher than ever before, and we’re particularly delighted that through pre-screening and ongoing candidate assessment and review, JTL consistently performs 10% higher than the national success rate in our apprenticeship training, with completion rates of around 80%. We know other training organisations have experienced similar success levels with their apprentices too.

    “If you delve more deeply into the Ofsted report it does acknowledge that there are training providers doing a good job, so it is very disappointing that the headlines we’ve seen today following publication have treated all apprenticeships in the same way.”

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  • Foster heads up JTL marketing and communications

    Work-based learning company JTL has appointed a new head of marketing and communications. Cathie Foster joins the provider of apprenticeships in the electrical and plumbing and heating sectors based at its Birmingham Centre of Excellence.

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