Is your son or daughter interested in a JTL apprenticeship? Check out our frequently asked questions below for more information on our apprenticeship programmes.

What will it cost?

Nothing! Your son or daughter will earn a decent wage from day one, and as long as they're 24 or under, we'll pay for all of their off-the-job training.

JTL is funded by the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) in England and by the Welsh Government in Wales.

What support will my son or daughter receive?

JTL is consistently praised for its support of young people. This includes in their taking of the JTL Entry Assessment test, so that only those with the enthusiasm and ability to succeed are accepted in the first instance.

A designated training officer from JTL is attached to each combination of apprentice and employer, so progress is maintained and any issues resolved quickly. Timely completion is important to any learner, so regular feedback on progress and the scope to match learning off-the-job with application in the work place is important and requires monitoring. Proof of the quality of support available is the large number of employers who themselves came through an apprenticeship with JTL, and want a similar, quality experience for the staff they employ.

What future career and job prospects does an apprenticeship offer?

There are no certainties in life, and so much is down to the skill and commitment of us all as individuals. However, numerous independent commentators see that there are likely to be skill shortages in work within the built environment and building services engineering in particular.

Currently, as a country, Britain is not training sufficient number of apprentices to meet the expected demand, which is good for qualified people as it means greater job security and better personal returns for respected professionals. Additional impetus for careers in the industries is the growing importance of new technologies, driven by a combination of fuel prices and our international obligations in meeting environmental targets.

Whether it is in newly built premises, or in the renovation of existing properties, much-valued building services engineers will be in demand.

Do I have to choose between an apprenticeship and university?

Full time higher education suits some people better than others, but apprenticeships are not an "either / or" option. A fully qualified JTL apprentice will have an award equal to 2.5 A-Levels and the opportunity to move onto further study afterwards is certainly not removed. Where JTL apprentices go on to higher education, they are able to bring real and meaningful experience to their future work within design and management roles, often more so than those who pursue a purely academic route.

Increasingly in these economically uncertain times, young people have to think about career choices and options much earlier than they would have done in previous generations. Preparedness for life on a financially rewarding viable career path is in no way a second choice option. Both employers and Government take this view, as demonstrated by the increasingly large sums of money being made available to support young people in choosing the right apprenticeship.

What skills and qualifications are required for an apprenticeship?

The biggest asset a young person can take into their apprenticeship is enthusiasm. While it is helpful to have some learning and qualifications in English, Maths or Science (with 5 GCSE at Grade C or 4 or above being a good target), it is not essential. The basis of these subjects is covered on a Functional Skills (known as Essential Skills in Wales) element of the apprenticeship that frequently puts learning in the context of the job. An apprenticeship requires a young person being employed.

Many apprentices are able to find their own employer but others use the Vacancy Matching Service provided by JTL that brings together potential new recruits with employers who have suitable vacancies.

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