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New recruits for JTL Ambassador programme

10 June 2016     JTL

JTL has enlisted the help of six young black and ethnic minority apprentices to encourage other school leavers to consider a career in the building services sector.

Our Ambassador scheme sees the young people, who are currently on an apprenticeship or already working in the building services engineering sector (as electricians and plumbers), come together to help raise awareness of the range of opportunities that exist for black and ethnic minority youths.

Spread across England and Wales, the new JTL Ambassadors will talk to other young people about the pleasures and pitfalls of their chosen careers.

JTL’s Ambassador programme was first launched in 2013, aimed at encouraging more young women to enter the building services engineering sector, as the most under-represented group in the profession. Such has been its success since then that the original group of 10 female Ambassadors has grown to its current level of 23 young women, and JTL’s female apprenticeship applications grew by more than 50% from 2013 to 2015, with hopes of another significant increase in 2016.

The positive response to JTL’s female Ambassadors prompted the expansion of the scheme to provide the same support and guidance for black and ethnic minorities; the next most under-represented group.

Equality and Diversity Manager at JTL, Yasmin Damree-Ralph says: “There’s clearly an issue to be addressed here and we’re taking some positive steps to start redressing the balance and to help all young people have the fullest range of career options available to them.

“Through our Ambassadors, we hope other young people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds can ‘hear it from the horse’s mouth’. There are too many myths and mis-truths out there. Things are changing and, if school leavers opt to follow a closely supervised apprenticeship scheme that’s delivered and bought into by professional organisations, many issues are eliminated at the outset.

“Additionally, a company like JTL has dedicated Training Officers working in colleges and on site, plus policies and procedures in place, should any complaints arise.

“Our Ambassadors will be out and about in their local schools, giving other young people and soon-to-be-school leavers the opportunity to ask questions of those who have real, relevant experience of a modern-day building site.”

You can now find out more about all of JTL’s Ambassadors, and where they’re based, by using the interactive map on our website.

JTL's new Ambassadors; from left to right: Joshua Robinson, Luftullah Ziaratgul, Aman Sahota, Tristram Williams, Zara Thomas, Deve Shokar

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