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JIB Skills Development Fund relaunches

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The Joint Industry Board has relaunched it training support programme and is running a campaign to encourage JIB companies and employees to take advantage of funding opportunities under the scheme.


Formerly known as the JIB Further Education Fund, the new Skills Development Fund provides financial support for courses relevant to the electrotechnical industry, usually at a rate of 50% of the course value up to a maximum of £625 per course.

For a course to be eligible it must be over and above the requirements of JIB grading, such as BTEC National Certificates, degrees and foundation degrees, HNCs and ONCs.

Applicants must be either a JIB-graded operative employed by a JIB member company, or a JIB-registered electrotechnical apprentice.

“As skills shortages in our industry begin to bite,” said Andy Reakes, secretary to the fund, “we are determined to make members, and their operatives, fully aware of the funds available from the JIB to develop their team, helping to bridge the skills gap through further training.”

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