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JTL Ambassadors programme set to expand

01 October 2015     JTL

When JTL launched our Ambassador programme at the House of Commons in 2013, our aim was to encourage greater understanding among young women of the career opportunities that are available in the building services engineering industry. This is because women are the lowest-represented group in the sector.

In the two years since the programme was launched, the number of JTL Ambassadors – female JTL apprentices who act as positive role models in the BSE sector – has risen from 10 to 22. This has corresponded with a marked improvement in the number of apprentice applications from female candidates.

It is thanks to this success that our Ambassadors scheme is now being expanded further, as JTL look to focus on the second-lowest represented group in the sector for apprenticeships – Ethnic Minority Groups.

JTL Ambassadors are brought on board with the aim of encouraging more under-represented groups into the industry via the apprenticeship route, and what better way to spread the word than through JTL apprentices who have already been there and done it.

As JTL’s Equality and Diversity officer Yasmin Damree-Ralph says: “The main aim of the role of an Ambassador is to represent and promote JTL, apprenticeships, the building services engineering sector and your employer at specific events.

“The Ambassador’s role is to inspire other young people to consider joining the industry through an apprenticeship, by sharing their own personal experiences as an apprentice, including the benefits they have gained.”

So, if you are an apprentice, male or female, from an under-represented group, and you feel that you can contribute to the Ambassador programme and address this issue within the industry, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

The same goes if you are an employer. If you have an apprentice you think would be eligible or interested, please pass the information on to them.

As an Ambassador, you would be invited to attend two Ambassador meetings each year, which will give you the chance to meet and talk to other Ambassadors. You will also be given techniques to develop leadership and communication skills, while all expenses involved in the programme will be covered by JTL.

It is estimated that each Ambassador will be involved in two to four regional events per year, while there will also be the possibility of attending a national event. You may also be part of campaigns to encourage under-represented groups into apprenticeships.

The Ambassadors programme really is about sharing your story, and using your experiences to inspire and motivate others.

JTL has also recently launched an “Adopt a School” campaign, in which Ambassadors are asked to adopt a school that they will work with, visiting up to four times in an academic year to speak to the students.

The time, commitment and participation you put into the programme will depend on your employer. JTL will be as flexible as possible, as we understand that you and your employers will have busy periods. We will also be mindful of the fact that your time spent as an Ambassador at events is productive to both you and JTL.

For someone interested in taking part, please contact Yasmin Damree-Ralph, who would like to have a 10-15 minute chat to introduce herself and the programme, and will be on hand to answer any questions or queries you might have.

You can get hold of Yasmin by emailing yasmindamree-ralph@jtltraining.com, or by giving her a call directly on 01689 884120 or 07825 607293.

Six of the JTL Ambassadors at the launch of Phase Two of the programme in February 2015

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