Six months after Preston’s College partnered with national apprenticeship training provider, JTL, businesses were invited in to see how over £100,000 has been invested on resources for Plumbing and Electro-Technical apprentices.
The funding has been invested in the latest industry standard equipment for Level 2 and 3 Plumbing and Level 3 Electro-Technical apprentices who are currently working for businesses across Lancashire.
The partnership sees local apprentices receive their apprenticeship training through JTL but based inside the Preston’s College construction centre.
Investment includes a suite of new power tools, thermal imaging and drainage inspection equipment as well as the latest augmented reality products which will ensure apprentices are at the forefront of industry technology.
The building services engineering partnership focuses on the delivery of apprenticeship provision, providing Lancashire employers with an effective solution for their training needs.
Already, the partnership has experienced an increase in apprenticeship numbers with ambitious growth targets set for the 2019/20 academic year.
Jon Graham, Chief Executive Officer at JTL, said: “These are exciting times for JTL as we expand the services we offer and build on the opportunities we are making available for our learners. I’m personally full of enthusiasm for this centre as we help to fill the skills gap that currently exists in the local economy.
“Young people enjoy the benefits of apprenticeship training and are able to build a future for themselves in a valued role in the local community.”
Lis Smith, Principal and Chief Executive of Preston’s College, added: “With the continued momentum of the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal, we need to ensure that the partnership will provide a pipeline of talented young people into our construction industry.
“Our learning facilities provide the local community with access to industry standard resources in an environment that helps to make learners the most employable.
“We look forward to sharing a bright future with our partners at JTL, helping to supply the building services sector with work ready individuals.”
The event also welcomed deputy leader of Preston City Council, Councillor Peter Moss, who provided guests with an update about the latest construction initiatives and City Deal developments.