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Norwich welcomes JTL’s Advanced Apprenticeship Training Centre

JTL has expanded its educational footprint with the opening of a new training centre in Norwich. 

The new facility was officially inaugurated on Friday, 17th November, by the Lord Mayor of Norwich, Councillor James Wright.

This development comes as a response to the increasing demand for apprenticeships in the Norwich area. JTL’s original training facility in the city, opened seven years ago, laid the groundwork for this expansion. The new £1.5 million centre represents JTL’s ongoing commitment to fostering the future workforce in the electrical, plumbing, and heating sectors.

Strategically located on Mason Road, the centre not only contributes to the local job market by creating two new positions but also holds potential for future employment opportunities as the facility expands. 

In addition to apprenticeship training, the centre, in collaboration with JTL’s subsidiary company, Develop, will offer a variety of short courses focusing on compliance, technical, and safety training. This move diversifies the training opportunities available in the region, encompassing a range of disciplines including ACS Gas, Electrical, Gas Distribution, and Street Works.

The centre’s opening event provided an occasion for Councillor James Wright, along with JTL’s Chair, Sir John Low, and Chief Executive, Chris Claydon, to tour the new facility and engage with JTL’s team and current apprentices.

Sir John Low highlighted the broader objectives of JTL, emphasising the organisation’s dedication to meeting the needs of apprentices, local communities, and industry stakeholders. “The Norwich centre is a reflection of our holistic approach to training, ensuring continuous growth and development in the trades we support,” said Sir John Low.

Chris Claydon, Chief Executive at JTL, underscored the significance of the Norwich centre. “Our return to Norwich with this state-of-the-art training centre underlines our strong commitment to scaling up apprenticeship opportunities and addressing the regional demand for skilled tradespeople in the electrical and plumbing sectors,” he stated.

Councillor James Wright expressed enthusiasm for the new centre, recognising its potential impact on the Norwich community. “The city has always been a nexus of innovation. JTL’s initiative in expanding training opportunities aligns perfectly with Norwich’s vision of fostering local talent and supporting employers,” he commented.

This new training centre in Norwich is set to become a key node in JTL’s network, providing modern classrooms, workshops, and resources necessary for both theoretical and practical training. It marks a significant step in preparing the next generation of tradespeople, equipping them with essential skills for a rapidly evolving industry.

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