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New initiative to encourage female apprentices

Work-based learning provider JTL has launched the Apprentice Ambassador Programme in the House of Commons.

Jim Sheridan MP introduced the event, explaining how the programme aims to encourage more women into the Electrical and Plumbing industry via the apprenticeship route.

Ambassadors will assist their respective regions showcasing apprenticeships and inspire other young people particularly young women to consider joining the industry through an apprenticeship, by sharing their own personal experiences as an apprentice including the benefits they have gained and their hopes for their future ambitions.

It is the intention that the ambassadors will become a small virtual team that provides a resource to other apprentices via e-communication (secured Facebook Page and Apprentice Forum), sharing experiences and advice.

Speaking at the launch was JTL Apprentice Ambassador Rachael Neville who is set to complete her apprenticeship in 2014. Ms Neville said: “Doing this apprenticeship has been great for my confidence, and I’ve also had the opportunity to meet lots of people from a range of different backgrounds and walks of life.”

Ms Neville hopes to carry on studying and honing her skills, with a view to becoming a project manager in the future.

Now in their 23rd year, JTL was originally established by the Electrical Contractors Association and Unite the Union to manage training in the electrical sector.

JTL works closely with the Skills Funding Agency to help employers continue to invest in apprentices.

The company works with more than further education 120 colleges, or private training centres to which they sub-contract the knowledge syllabus elements of the NVQ Diploma.

NG Bailey’s Kayley Lockhead was awarded the Apprentice of the Year award at the H&V News Awards 2012.

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