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Orpington Gets New Apprenticeship Centre

Young people in Orpington will soon benefit from the opening of a new apprenticeship training centre.

Situated in the JTL Head Office on the High Street, the training centre will provide facilities for up to 240 apprentices. It can support them in a range of electrical, engineering, plumbing, and heating and ventilation disciplines. The site will also offer development programmes for qualified professionals through 40 short training courses.

The apprenticeships, which are available to those aged 16 and over, will enable young people to gain a qualification and develop their skills and knowledge while working and earning an income.

Who is JTL?

JTL is a registered charity formed in 1990 by the Unite Union and the Electrical Contractors’ Association. It is recognised as one of the leading providers of work-based learning facilities in England and Wales.

The charity runs quite a successful programme, with 80 per cent of its apprentices receiving qualifications every year. This compares to just 60 per cent of those on work-based learning programmes across the country.

Throughout the country it works with around 3,000 businesses and provides support for about 5,000 apprentices at any one time. It currently has training facilities at nearly 100 locations.

If you are interested in applying for an apprenticeship or you want to know more about employing an apprentice, you can find further information on the JTL website.

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