Information for parents and guardians 

What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are work-based, government funded training programmes for young people aged 16 and over that lead to a nationally recognised qualification.  

As an apprentice you will work alongside experienced staff, gain job-specific skills, earn a wage and get holiday pay, and get time for study related to your role.

You can start an apprenticeship at any time of the year. 


JTL apprenticeships

To start an apprenticeship with JTL you will need to be employed full-time in the trade you would like to complete your apprenticeship in. You will be assigned a dedicated JTL training officer for the duration of your apprenticeship programme who will assess and monitor your skills on the job. You will also attend a JTL training centre or approved partner college for the first part of your apprenticeship to develop the necessary theoretical knowledge and skills.  

A JTL apprenticeship can take from 2 to 4 years depending upon the trade and level you are studying. For example, an electrical apprenticeship takes 4 years to complete and a plumbing apprenticeship can take between 2 and 4 years.

Level of apprenticeships

JTL currently offer two levels of apprenticeships - an Intermediate level apprenticeship and an advanced level apprenticeship. An Intermediate Apprenticeship is equivalent to GSCE Level (Level 2). An Advanced Apprenticeship is equivalent to A Level (Level 3). The qualification we deliver is an NVQ – a National Vocational Qualification.

The training generally consists of:

  • A competence-based element
  • A knowledge-based element
  • Functional Skills
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)


You will receive an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) which will include full details of your apprenticeship modules with completion timescales. This will be developed at the start of your apprenticeship. 

You will also have an NVQ Diploma Assessment Plan which will show intended practical progress throughout your apprenticeship. Your overall progress and development will be monitored through regular reviews.

Completing the apprenticeship

Once you have successfully completed your apprenticeship you will receive an NVQ level 2/3 and an Intermediate/Advanced Apprenticeship completion certificate.

What are my future career prospects?

An apprenticeship in the building services engineering sector can offer excellent career prospects and earnings potential and is a viable alternative to university study.

Once qualified, you could be working on a sports stadium, be in the team behind Terminal 5, running your own company, or even going to work in Australia, Dubai or somewhere else you fancy. 




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