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JIB Apprentice Exchange winners publish report about their trip

28 August 2018

A report comparing the UK and Australian electrical contracting industries has been published by JIB Apprentice Exchange winners George Stickings (T Clarke plc) and Josh Horton (RB Emerson Group).


A report comparing the UK and Australian electrical contracting industries has been published by JIB Apprentice Exchange winners George Stickings (T Clarke plc) and Josh Horton (RB Emerson Group).

The two JTL apprentices, who spent six weeks working in and around Brisbane, provided a detailed analysis on areas such as working practices, skills and competence, the role of apprentices and the industrial relations system. 

The main recommendation presented in their report included the introduction of a licensing system to help to raise skills and competency and add value to the job title of ‘electrician’. In Australia all electrical work must be carried out by a Licensed Electrician; there is a penalty fine of up to 40,000 dollars if this rule is broken. They also recommended taking best practice from the Australian apprentice training system, where electricians join apprentices in the classroom to help with their learning and to widen the scope of the apprenticeship to include new and emerging technologies.

The JIB Apprentice Exchange programme is a partnership between the JIB, ECA, Unite the Union and JTL and is funded by the JIB Skills Development Fund. Additional support from the Electrical Industries Charity in 2017 meant that, for the first time, two apprentices could be funded and benefit from the exchange.

“The JIB Skills Development Fund is extremely grateful to the Electrical Industries Charity for its support with the exchange programme,” said Mick Tuff, Chairman of the Skills Development Fund. “They have provided an incredible opportunity for an additional apprentice to learn and provide a second perspective on how contractors operate abroad." 

For more information and to view the full report visit https://www.jib.org.uk/apprentices-report-on-experiences-down-under

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