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Home > News > May 2004 > 19-May-2004

Top-class training award for JTL

The Adult Learning Inspectorate (ALI) has awarded electrical installation and plumbing training provider JTL four “good” grades for its high quality training provision.

ALI inspectors praised JTL’s specialist construction programme and its approach to leadership and management, equality of opportunity and quality assurance, allocating a grade 2 for each. The company, which operates in 12 geographical areas across England and Wales, has a total of 7,861 advanced apprentices of which 7,287 follow an electrotechnical programme and the remainder are apprentice plumbers.

Set up in 1990, JTL works with 114 colleges up and down the country to provide off-the-job training.

Chris Norris, a first year plumbing apprentice at Kitchen Doctor in Middlesbrough, said: "Before starting my course I had heard that an apprenticeship is the best available training – now I know it is. The quality of the course material is at a very high standard and my training officer is always really helpful."

JTL, which recently opened a training centre in Malton, North Yorkshire, has another training centre in Woolwich, London, where learners take their practical exam in electrical installation testing and post-apprenticeship training..

Stephanie Chambers, a 29-year-old trainee with Sheffield-based ShockWaves, JTL’s fast-track workbased training course for women aged 24 and over, said: "The training programme has provided me with a great opportunity to set myself up in a career for life, while also achieving a nationally recognised qualification. I am delighted with the support I’ve received from JTL, especially that of my training officer, and my employer W Wright Electrical."

Dave Rogers, Chief Executive of JTL, said: "We are the first training provider with over 1,000 apprentices to be awarded grade twos across all areas of our business and hope our customers are reassured that their apprentices are trained to the highest possible standard."

He added: "At a time when the standards of work-based learning are coming under a great deal of scrutiny, JTL is being hailed as among the best training providers available. This can only mean good things for the future provision of training to the plumbing and electrical industries and, in the long term, will help manage and sustain the training gap created by the industry’s skills shortage."

David Sherlock, Chief Inspector of Adult Learning, said: "The aim of inspection is to make an independent assessment with the long term goal of raising standards throughout the adult learning sector. It is wonderful to be able to report that learners at JTL are benefiting from the organisation’s high quality approach. When people improve their skills and achieve their qualifications they benefit their organisation, their communities and themselves."

ALI Inspectors use a five point scale to summarise their judgements about the quality of learning and training. The descriptors for the five grades are: Grade 1- outstanding, Grade 2 – good, Grade 3 – satisfactory, Grade 4 – unsatisfactory, Grade 5 – very weak.

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