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Offering advanced apprenticeships in electrical, plumbing, engineering maintenance and more. Charitable organisation operating in England and Wales.

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JTL is delighted to share that recently completed apprentice, Sam Barnes, has been crowned the Apprentice of the Year at last night's !

Gavin Harrison, a current JTL apprentice was also shortlisted for this award.

Well done to both learners, who we're sure will go on to have fantastic careers! Electrical Contracting News


We're here to share great news with you this Thursday 🏆

We're pleased to announce that JTL has been shortlisted as Training Provider/Initiative of the Year at this year's ECN Awards, and , Sam Barnes, and Gavin Harrison, have also been shortlisted for Apprentice of the Year.

We wish both apprentices the best of luck for this evening's ceremony!


Recently, we caught up with Thomas Turner, a JTL electrical installation apprentice and one of the eight UK finalists in this month's World Skills SkillELECTRIC competition.

In the finals Thomas was able to demonstrate the skills he built over the competition, and has shared that he now looks forward to implementing these in the remainder of his apprenticeship with employer, E J Parker Technical Services.

Read what Thomas had to say on his experience here: https://bit.ly/3t1cizD


We're delighted to show you our newest training facility in Norwich.

Last week, we were joined by the Lord Mayor of Norwich, Councillor James Wright, to officially open the centre that will offer electrical and plumbing & heating apprenticeships.

We remain dedicated to creating environments that empower both theoretical and practical learning for apprentices and this centre will join our expanding network of 13 training hubs across the country.

Read more about our new Norwich centre here: https://bit.ly/47KFsBT


In the newest edition of our JTL Apprentice Blog Series, we caught up with , Charlie and Jay.

As they enter the third year of their apprenticeship with Darke & Taylor, they continue to share their journey with us.

We'd also like to thank Ash Contracting, for allowing us on-site to film their autumn 2023 update.

Tap the link to watch: https://bit.ly/3RajBP2


JTL would like to congratulate Ben Gillin for finishing as runner-up at this year's SkillELECTRIC Awards! Competing in the WorldSkills UK Final marks Ben as one of the top electrical apprentices in the country, an outstanding achievement at such a young age.

JTL would also like to congratulate both Thomas Turner and Demi Mae Whitehead, who also made it to the final of this year's SkillELECTRIC Competition. You should all be extremely proud!


We're pleased to announce that the JTL team will be opening a brand-new centre in Norwich today.

Our CEO, Chris Claydon, has joined the team at local radio station Future Radio to celebrate our latest unveiling.

Listen to Chris' interview here: https://bit.ly/3MS5IlN


Who will be crowned champion at the World Skills final?

Today, three JTL apprentices will begin competing in the complicated two-day installation, along with five other competitors at Oldham College in Greater Manchester.

The JTL team wish Demi, Ben, and Thomas the best of luck!

Leading apprenticeship provider JTL retains ‘Good’ Ofsted rating - JTL 13/11/2023

Today, we're pleased to share that we have retained our 'Good' rating following our most recent inspection in August 2023.

As we plan for next year, we recognise that there is more that we can do and are constantly looking to improve the quality of our provision.

Find out more here:

Leading apprenticeship provider JTL retains ‘Good’ Ofsted rating - JTL JTL, a leading apprenticeship provider in the building services engineering sector in England and Wales, has received a Grade 2 ‘Good’ rating from Ofsted. Following an inspection that took place between August 1st to 4th 2023, JTL has retained the same grade it received in 2016 as a result of .....


They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.


Looking to enrol on a Develop course, but not sure if there is a training centre near you?

We're proud that all our centres are built to meet the requirements of training across the industry, and you can view all of the Develop training centre locations in one place on our website.

Tap here to view the full list: http://bit.ly/3S1vViG


This , we’re highlighting the gold standard Installation and Maintenance Electrician Apprenticeship that we deliver, which includes training in the latest green technologies.

It’s one of six-gold standard green apprenticeships specially chosen to mark the King’s coronation.

Read more here: https://bit.ly/43i3gLM 🌿⚡


A message from the JTL team 📣

Our offices and training centres will be closed on Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th November as staff will be attending the JTL annual staff conference.

This means that our services will be very limited, so there may be a delay in responding to emails and requests during this time.

Tap here for more details: https://bit.ly/47gfBkX


Here at JTL, we are dedicated to nurturing the next generation of electrical and plumbing and heating apprentices.

That's why, as part of our new strategy, we're making some changes to our academic criteria for apprentices enrolling in August 2024.

Visit our website to find out more about the changes and how JTL's Chief Executive, Chris Claydon, and the team are building a stronger future-proofed workforce: https://bit.ly/40ouoIn


Chris Claydon, Chief Executive at JTL, recently featured as a guest on the Joint Venture podcast to discuss the importance of future-proofing the workforce.

In the latest episode of the podcast, he joined the Joint Venture team to discuss the importance of green skills training.

To hear Chris' feature, listen from 11 minutes and 40 seconds via the link: https://bit.ly/47u1aKv


Here at JTL, we're empowering women in trade.

With a growing demand for diversity in the trade sectors, we're encouraging women interested in working in the electrical and plumbing and heating industry to consider an apprenticeship.

Find out more on our website: https://bit.ly/45x1arr


Today, we're pleased to shine a light on , Demi Whitehead.

She is currently a JTL electrotechnical apprentice from William Davis New Homes, and is also one of eight apprentices from the UK to reach the finals of World Skills .

A true testament to the potential that women bring to the trade sectors, read more here: https://bit.ly/46xSSkx


We are proud to announce the launch of Aico’s Apprentice of the Year Award! 🏆

This award targets electrical apprentices across the UK who not only have great technical skills, but are also role models for others 🪛

Twelve lucky entrants will be selected to take part in a practical assessment day at the JTL Training Centre in Birmingham where six candidates will be invited to the Aico Community Awards Ceremony in April 2024. The lucky winner will be announced at the ceremony in front of an industry audience and receive a multi-function tester worth up to £1400.

Tag someone you think would be a great fit for this award 👇

Find out more and submit your entry: https://www.aico.co.uk/news-and-events/apprentice-of-the-year-2024/


We're feeling especially proud of the this Friday as we're celebrating our recent win as ‘Large Learning Provider of the Year’ at the Multicultural Apprenticeship Awards.

The annual awards celebrate talent and diversity also recognising accomplishments of the apprentices and the vital role played by employers and learning providers, and our team is truly committed to fostering inclusivity within the industry.

Tap to read more about our recent win: https://bit.ly/3Qn0eSh


Last week, we welcomed the Lord Mayor of Kingston upon Hull to officially open our newest training facility in Hull.

We're pleased to share that the centre is home to fully equipped workshops for both electrical and plumbing & heating , and has already created new jobs in the local area.

Discover more about our newest training centre here: https://bit.ly/3FkzWKg


As we commemorate Black History Month 2023 and embrace the theme "Saluting our Sisters," we take this opportunity to celebrate the extraordinary accomplishments of black women in the field of Building Services Engineering, we’re celebrating inspirational trail blazing black females working in the Building Services Engineering sector, like JTL apprentice Corrina Bailey - https://jtltraining.com/story/corinna-bailey/

We recognise the pivotal role black women have played in shaping history and driving transformative change. Discover these compelling stories in this month's edition of the Black History Month Magazine, accessible at the following link - https://issuu.com/blackhistorymonth/docs/bhm_2023_final_web


Come and join us at Lakes College Careers Fair to find out more about our Apprenticeship offer 🔧

Lakes College, Workington, CA14 4JN 📍

We will be in attendance between 4.00 pm and 7.30 pm


Today marks a special occasion here at !

As we are celebrating the official opening of our newest located in Hull, with the Lord Mayor of Kingston upon Hull and Lady Mayoress in attendance to mark the grand opening of the centre.

To find out more about our brand-new Hull centre, tap here: https://bit.ly/3Dbo0cw

JTL collaborates with EIC to develop mental health awareness courses for apprentices - JTL 10/10/2023

📢 Attention all electrical industry apprentices and JTL learners! 🌟

On this , we've partnered with Electrical Industries Charity to offer FREE resources dedicated to enhancing your mental well-being.

Discover these invaluable courses:
✅ Stress Management at Work
✅ Mental Health Awareness
✅ Mental Health Awareness for Apprentices

Get the details here: https://bit.ly/3LXAgSW

JTL collaborates with EIC to develop mental health awareness courses for apprentices - JTL JTL partners with Electrical Industries Charity to develop mental health awareness courses for apprentices


At JTL, we're proud to work with large national employers to provide training for apprentices.

We've been working with the team at Fortem, a company specialising in decarbonising homes and enhancing energy efficiency, for over 10 years to deliver quality training for its apprentices.

Tap to find out more about our partnership: https://bit.ly/46cZ6WO


We're thrilled to announce that we've been honoured with the title of Multicultural Apprentice Awards - Large Learning Provider of the Year 2023! 🏆🌟 Thank you, Multicultural Apprenticeship Awards, for this incredible recognition. We're truly proud and grateful!


Have you read our latest case study on our work with CDS Electrical?

Based in Sussex, CDS provides electrical services for businesses, councils, homes, and schools.

The team is renowned for its outstanding service and was presented with a regional JTL Employer Recognition award in June, following a nomination by Training Officer, Stephen Allcorn.

Read all the details here: https://bit.ly/3ZvaRVY


The JIB invites you to its latest Forum on Wednesday 25 October 2023 at the Goldsmiths' Centre. Learn about the diverse opportunities and challenges in the electrotechnical sector and the various routes to get there through apprenticeships. Our Chief Exec, Chris Claydon, will be there to discuss the complexities of funding, retention, completion and success in delivering government-funded training. Don't miss out, register now at https://www.jib.org.uk/jib-london-forum-apprenticeships-routes-into-the-electrotechnical-sector-the-opportunities-and-challenges.


Are you an experienced electrician who loves to share your knowledge and skills with others? We're looking for an AM2 Manager/Examiner to play a vital role in shaping the next generation of electricians in the Building Engineering Services industry. If you're up for the challenge, apply to join our team at the AM2 Centre in Oxford today: https://isw.changeworknow.co.uk/jtl/vms/e/careers/positions/cdP_Cv6ybfa5ff_GmjC_RL.


Meet Electrical Assessor, Stephen Allcorn, in the first instalment of our Meet the Team series.

Having completed a JIB apprenticeship in his younger years and officially joining JTL in 2004, Stephen has been a valued member of the team for almost 20 years.

Watch until the end to find out his top piece of advice for new 🎥


Birmingham employers 📣

On Tuesday 10th October we'll be participating in a virtual careers event with Birmingham Careers Hub, which will focus on green apprenticeships and technical pathways.

The event will be broadcast live to Birmingham schools and we'll be sharing valuable information all about JTL apprenticeships.

Find out more about the Birmingham Careers Hub here: https://bit.ly/3PMk4WS


Congratulations to Adam Allen, a dedicated JTL apprentice, on his remarkable achievement as the recipient of the 2023 ECA Edmundson Apprentice of the Year Awards! We commend his supportive employer, Geoffrey Robinson Limited, for their valuable contribution to his success. Well done, Adam!


We're pleased to introduce JTL learner, Ben Gillin.

Ben is currently undertaking the Installation and Maintenance Electrician Apprenticeship here at JTL and has made it to the finals of the WorldSkills competition, taking place later this year.

Read more about Ben here: https://bit.ly/3PGW0EF

Photos from JTL's post 21/09/2023

We are thrilled to share the news that JTL electrical apprentices, Brandon Crossland and Henry Stephens, have made it to the finals of the ECA Edmundson Apprentice of the Year Awards 2023. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to both Brandon and Henry for their outstanding performance as runners up and wish them all the best for their future endeavours.


Hire an apprentice with .

Take the first steps in developing your business further by employing a candidate matched to the needs of your business.

By following our 6-step process, our expert team can assist in matching you with a JTL qualified apprentice.

Find out more here: https://bit.ly/3sPw7cR


In support of and to raise awareness for gas safety within the UK, Gas Safe Register is here to remind us how to stay safe in our homes.

Here are some top tips for staying safe:

✅ Only use a Gas Safe registered engineer to fit, fix and service your appliances.
✅ Service and safety check all your gas appliances yearly.
✅ Fit a carbon monoxide alarm in your home.
✅ Know the six signs of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

To know more, tap here: https://bit.ly/3EqiQu0


Here at JTL, we're supporting 2023.

The rigorous training we provide our Gas Engineering apprentices means that they develop the skills to safely install, commission, decommission, and service and repair gas appliances.

To find out more on how we're ensuring we share the fundamentals of gas safety, read our latest blog: https://bit.ly/3sMYoAV


We're celebrating not one, but TWO of our apprentices 🎉

Brandon Crossland and Henry Stephens have been nominated for theECA - Excellence in Electrotechnical and Engineering Services Edmundson Apprentice of the Year award!

We want to wish them both the best of luck ahead of next week’s awards ceremony 🤞

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