Middlesbrough College partnership helps "young people achieve worthwhile qualifications"

27 July 2015     JTL

JTL's partnership with Middlesbrough College has genuine benefits for young people, with the training provider now supplying all of the college's intake of building services apprenticeship starts.

The news of the partnership was first announced earlier this year, with JTL providing all of the college's new starters for electrical installation apprenticeships and plumbing apprenticeships. This also comes off the back of the news that this year, for the first time since 2007/08, JTL has achieved in excess of 2,000 starts.

The popularity of apprenticeship opportunties is far higher than it has been for many years, with more and more young people seeing apprenticeships as a worthwhile alternative to university, particularly with the A-Level and GSCE results days now just a few weeks away.

JTL's Regional Business Manager for the Yorkshire and North East area, Brian Mills, was delighted to announce the partnership. 

“This is a really important agreement for us and Middlesbrough College, and will see opportunities for young people – both boys and girls – who are keen on developing a career as an electrician or a plumber or heating and ventilating installer", he said.

"These are vital professions, particularly as we see the economy beginning to improve and the need for these professionals growing almost by the week.

"As a charitable company, we are not driven by profit, but by the desire to help bright young people achieve worthwhile qualifications that will give them a real opportunity to develop a career that will provide a lucrative income and huge work satisfaction for decades. This agreement will allow both JTL and the College to do what they do best and to help to fill the skills gap that is becoming more and more apparent here in the North East.”

Vice-Principal of Middlesbrough College, Gary Cumiskey, also agreed that the partnership would be an important step forward for the college in these vital areas of activity.

“We’ve built an enviable reputation for the quality of training we provide here, and we train around 600 new entrants into these professions every year", he explained.

"The link with JTL will give us additional expertise from one of the largest training providers in the country, and the commitment to recruit quality young people to fill the employment opportunities in the Tees Valley and the skills shortages in the industry.

"We’re delighted with the outcome and look forward to working closely with JTL in the years ahead.”

If you're a young person in the Middlesbrough area, and you're interested in starting an electrical apprenticeship or plumbing apprenticeship, Middlesbrough College is the place to go. You can apply to JTL on our website now, or get in touch with JTL Engagement Officer Louise Power, by giving her a call on 07827 082981 or emailing

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