Ambassador Programme

01 September 2014     JTL

Launched in 2013 at the House of Commons, the aim of the JTL Ambassador programme is to encourage greater understanding among young women of the career opportunities that are available in building services engineering.

Whether pursuing an interest in electrical, plumbing or heating and ventilating, women leaving school or college are being asked to consider the apprenticeship opportunities that exist and to see these occupations as not solely being the territory of men.

Among a first grouping of young Ambassadors have been women who have made major successes of careers in the sector. These include extending the work of their employer into some new areas as well as others who have gone beyond their apprenticeship to take on significant roles in support of national and local infrastructure projects or in creating a business of their own..

JTL’s aim in presenting the Ambassador programme is to encourage girls still at school as well as other young women to make informed decisions about their first major career decision. This has been achieved in the last year through a series of initiatives that have included attendance at major career events, appearances on local radio, newspaper features and contributing to a major seminar aimed at careers advisors. Increasingly properly, valued apprenticeships are seen as a viable alternative to university or other continued full time study and JTL is keen that this message is just as well understood among 16-19 year women as it is among their male counterparts.

“A failure to raise the understanding and appeal of working in building services engineering among more women could be depriving the industries of half the young talent coming from education into work,” said Yasmin Damree--Ralph of JTL.

An electrical apprenticeship in either installation or maintenance at Level 3 takes some four years to complete, whilst a plumbing apprenticeship at Level 2 can be tackled within two years with the option of continuing forward to achieve Level 3 after a further two years. So many well-respected and suitably rewarded people in the industry started their careers as apprentices and maintained this progression route for new staff that they have engaged.

At the heart of JTL Ambassadors is the belief that young women who are making a significant success of their careers in the sector should share their own personal experiences as an apprentice, including benefits gained and ambitions for the future.

Now in 2014 a second cohort of newly qualified tradeswomen apprentices will be carrying the messages of opportunity and signposting success to those contemplating career decisions. All of the new group of 14 Ambassadors are regionally based and will be helping change many perceptions about job suitability and female opportunities over the next year. 

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