12 new young Ambassadors are helping charitable training provider, JTL, spread the word to school leavers and other young people about the benefits of pursuing an apprenticeship in the building services trades – electrical and plumbing and heating.
JTL already has 25 young Ambassadors based across England and Wales, whose role is to visit local schools and other venues, educating parents and students about electrical and plumbing, as well as heating and ventilation apprenticeships.
Each of the Ambassadors – who now total 37 in number – are either currently part-way through an apprenticeship or have recently completed one. The qualification sees them studying one day a week in college and working alongside an employer for the remaining four.
The new additions to the team are:
- Haynesley Augustin and Cameron Ross-Kirkland from London
- Cedric Bokete from Essex
- Hannah Barker from Kent
- Katie Holloway from Bristol
- Joshua Keeble from Oxford
- Faisal Khan, Josiah Robinson and Annabel Whitehouse from West Midlands
- Pavels Lastockins from Newcastle
- Sasha Wallbank from Preston
- Sophie Williams from South Wales
“Our recent You Gov poll showed that just 8% of students aged 15 to 18 were advised by their school or college to seek a work-based apprenticeship after leaving full time education,” says JTL’s Equality and Diversity Manager, Yasmin Damree-Ralph.
“We’re on a mission to help equip young people with the information they need to make a more informed decision about their future careers. We hope that hearing from current learners about what is involved in an electrical or plumbing apprenticeship will inspire others.”
JTL’s Ambassador Scheme sees young people help raise awareness of the range of opportunities that exist for young people, with a focus on encouraging women and those from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities into the electrical and plumbing trades. Spread across England and Wales, the new JTL Ambassadors will talk to other young people about the highlights and challenges of their chosen careers.
Started up with just 10 female Ambassadors, JTL’s programme has received positive feedback since its introduction in 2013. It has also resulted in a year-on-year uplift in applications for apprenticeships through JTL, which has prompted the expansion of the scheme.
JTL is one of the UK’s leading training providers for young people in England and for more information on the opportunities for young people in the electrical, heating and plumbing sectors, visit: www.jtltraining.com