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Combined effort highlights building services apprenticeship opportunities

Electrical, heating and plumbing apprenticeship provider JTL has expressed “serious concerns” about the level of understanding for training opportunities in Wales and has joined with other organisations to address the issue.

An event was recently held in Cardiff in association with Careers Wales and with the involvement of the Careers Development Institute and the sector skills council, SummitSkills, to improve careers information and advice on building services engineering choices in Wales.

Those involved were either full-time careers advisers or individuals who have responsibility for a careers service within their Welsh school.

A morning of presentations included input from electrical training officer Sean O’Brien; recently qualified apprentice Kimberley Worster of Croxford Electrical; MES internal verifier Richard Crewdson and Richard Allen, JTL’s communications and marketing manager.

The session was chaired by JTL Welsh business manager Martin Laye.

A key message within the event was the emphasis that opportunities exist equally for both men and women.

With high employment levels in Wales, the event also emphasised the increasing need for skilled workers driven by improved economic conditions.

While many young people are encouraged to engage with further education, it was suggested that consideration should also be given to consider apprenticeships to provide a solid future career path.