Official opening of latest JTL training centre in Oxford
Following the recent opening of our new centre in Langley Mill in Nottinghamshire on the premises of Aldercar High School 6th Form Centre, JTL has opened another centre – this time a significant investment in a new electrical and plumbing and heating centre on the Culham Science Park just outside Oxford.
The recent official opening of the centre was preceded by a ceremony that saw the new electrical training centre dedicated to the memory of ex-JTL board member Ray Foster who passed away earlier in the year. A plaque was unveiled by Ray’s wife Margaret and his daughters Julie and Louisa. Alex Meikle from the ECA gave a moving tribute to Ray and his massive contribution to the training of electrical apprentices over the years.
The official opening of the new centre took place in front of a large group of invited guests including a substantial number of local employers who already have apprentices working at the centre. It took place a little after the dedication ceremony and was performed by JTL Chief Executive Jon Graham and Professor Ian Chapman, Chief Executive Officer of UKAEA which owns and manages the site at Culham. JTL and the UKAEA have forged an important partnership, with JTL managing the training at the new Oxford Advanced Skills Centre that is being built on the same site to provide high quality work ready trainees, apprentice engineers and laboratory technicians for the high-tech industries in the Thames Valley Corridor. The Oxford Advanced Skills centre is a joint venture between UKAEA, The Science and Technology Facilities Council and other major employers in the area.
Opening the dedicated JTL training centre, JTL Chief Executive Jon Graham said: “This centre is the latest of a number of centres and joint ventures we have launched in the last couple of years. In many cases, we work happily in partnership around the country with colleges of education, which have the facilities and quality of personnel to deliver the ‘off the job’ aspects of work based learning. But there are some areas where, for a number of reasons, we feel it is appropriate to offer our own dedicated facilities to ensure that our learners get the quality of training they deserve and the level of support they need to benefit from the excellent results we deliver.
"This centre in Oxford is one of those, and we’re delighted with the response the centre has already managed to elicit from the electrical and heating and plumbing sector in Oxfordshire.”
JTL already has ten electrical streams of apprentices working in the new centre and one plumbing stream – the plumbing centre opened very recently – giving in excess of 175 learners already benefiting from the new centres at Culham. That number will rise to over 250 over the next two years. All new electrical first year apprentices are on the new Trailblazer qualifications.
Electrical training has been taking place in the new centre since Easter and JTL has also opened its new AM2 centre on the site which has been warmly received by local employers who until this centre opened had to send their employees to London or Southampton to achieve their AM2 qualification.
The Oxford centre is the latest addition to a series of centres around the UK which JTL either owns or operates alongside a partner organisation including those at Birmingham, Orpington, Norwich, Andover, Yeovil and Langley Mill.
Jon Graham added: “I am personally very supportive of these centres and delighted that we can see the progress we’re making as a company and that our apprentices are making as they benefit from the quality training we are able to provide, by having control of these facilities. You should not be surprised if that list of locations where we have JTL centres is a little longer by this time next year!
“We shall be expanding the programmes we offer here to include Traineeships and post-qualification training in the months ahead. This centre and the work we do at JTL is very much about building futures and changing lives.”
Ray Foster's wife and daughters with JTL Chief Executive Jon Graham, as the plaque to Ray is unveiled at the new JTL centre in Culham
JTL's Oxford Training Centre is officially opened by Chief Executive Jon Graham