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JTL collaboration at Sellafield produces award-winning result

13 November 2015     JTL

Leading employer PPS Electrical has been working with JTL and Sellafield Ltd for a number of years. In this time, the Cumbria-based organisation has fully understood how demanding it can be to get a workforce up-to-speed with the industry standards and safety requirements of a nuclear facility.

As well as using JTL as their long-term training partner, PPS Electrical have been working with local learning establishment Lakes College for a decade now, and value the training facilities, courses and lecturers that the college is able to provide.

When a number of gaps in knowledge and equipment were found to be stopping students from going straight from class to site following an audit last year, PPS Electrical and JTL worked closely together to identify tuition gaps, and establish shortlist of leading supply chain partners for support and ideas.

This led to a number of organisations, including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) specialist Arco, trade retailer Edmundson Electrical, global products manufacturer Hilti and Sellafield Ltd being approached with a proposal of collaboration.

This has proved to be a real success, with Sellafield Ltd now directly involved in educating classes on the demanding nature of working at a nuclear facility. It has also seen Hilti donate more than £8,000 worth of new tools to the electrical workshop, while Arco have supplied PPE, and Edmundson have provided electrical resources.

Given the positive impact the collaboration had for learners at Lakes College, PPS Electrical were able to put forward an application for the NDA Estate Supply Chain Awards, in the Best Collaboration project, for which they were deservedly named winners.

JTL Training Officer Gordon Evans was in attendance as the award was presented at Event City, Manchester, on Wednesday 4 November 2015.

PPS Electrical are already aiming to do more and more to help their learners develop the highest quality skills and abilities moving forward, and are evidence of the benefits that collaborations like this can bring.

A number of JTL apprentices are currently working at the Sellafield nuclear site in Cumbria

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