Charlene-Ann Jennings


Currently in the fourth year of her Electrical Apprenticeship and working towards her AM2 qualification, Charlene-Ann works for Carl’s Electrics in Stoke-on-Trent.

Struggling to learn in the classroom environment Charlene-Ann took the decision to quit college during her AS levels, leaving behind her ambition to become an English Teacher. Sadly the recession hit the UK leaving Charlene-Ann unable to find a job and she began to lose her self-belief. Luckily Charlene-Ann’s dad offered her a labouring job with his electrical firm.

This was the turning point for Charlene-Ann.  It triggered her interest in electrical work and from attending an open day at College about apprenticeships, Charlene-Ann discovered JTL: “I didn’t know that I could get an electrical apprenticeship – all I knew about were apprenticeships in hair and beauty and childcare!” Although unsure of how she would be accepted at college in the electrical trade she was pleased to get a very positive response: “It is the best decision I have ever made in my life and hopefully I will one day take over the family business and make my father proud!”

So what would Charlene-Ann say to a young girl who’s thinking about training as an electrical apprentice? “With the positivity of being accepted into this industry, you shouldn’t let anything hold you back. This has spurred me on – it’s not just a man’s job!”

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