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JTL apprentices get a head start on #ToolkitThursday

04 February 2016     JTL

More than 1,500 JTL electrical apprentices will gain a head start in their careers today (4th February) when they collect toolkits which have been donated by Super Rod and Klein Tools at their local branch of City Electrical Factors (CEF).

This is the first mass distribution of Klein tool kits to new apprentices in England and Wales. It follows the launch of the programme in June 2015, when Klein Tools committed to a five-year investment, worth over £1 million to support electrical apprentices who are trained by JTL.

Says Jon Graham, Chief Executive of JTL: “We continue to deliver the highest level of training available to apprentices in the UK and this opportunity to match that quality of training with the best tools available on the market for electricians – just as we have with Monument Tools for our plumbing apprentices - will have a positive effect on the industry.

"This initiative will ensure that young people taking up an electrical apprenticeship will have the best start to their career and provides a welcome boost to the Government’s commitment to create 3 million apprenticeships by 2020.”

Malcolm Duncan from Super Rod adds: “Apprentices are the key to our future prosperity as a nation so equipping them with a combination of the best training with the best tools, can only be good for the future of our industry.

"February 4th is the first day of that journey as we have agreed a five-year program with JTL and hope to equip 10,000 new apprentices over that period.”

Over 1500 kits will be distributed today at 76 CEF branches during a four-hour period. Apprentices will be encouraged to tweet at the point of collection using the hashtag #ToolkitThursday.

Steve Pope, General Manager for CEF comments: “I have worked in this industry for over 30 years and I have never seen a programme like this in terms of scale or commitment. When CEF was asked to assist with the distribution of the Klein tool kits to JTL’s apprentices, we were more than happy to get involved.

"With nearly 400 locations, CEF can offer an excellent introduction to the role electrical wholesalers play in the supply chain.”

Do you want to get your hands on a Klein toolkit? Sign up to be a JTL apprentice, or apply for one of our live apprenticeship vacancies now.

Thursday 4 February 2016 is #ToolkitThursday, which will see more than 1,500 JTL electrical apprentices collect their Klein toolkits.

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