No Charge Pledge from JTL

19 August 2014     JTL

The Board of charitable company JTL has decided that throughout the coming financial year no change will be made to its policy of maintaining a free management service for employers taking on apprentices through the organisation.

This levy-free position is seen as a core value of the largest and most successful national provider of apprenticeship training in the electrical, plumbing and heating and ventilating parts of building services engineering.

The news comes at a time when other providers will be introducing a management charge of up to £630 per annum for 16-18 year olds and £2250 for those aged 19 or older. This will add significantly to the costs to an employer.

The savings over other training providers are even more acute in heating and ventilating, where for every young person recruited to a JTL apprenticeship between the ages 16-19 the company will pay a £500 recruitment grant to the employer, which can either be used to offset training costs or contribute towards the salary of an apprentice. Together the lack of fees and the grant could save H&V employers up to £1130 in the first year of an apprenticeship over other national training providers. Additionally, in a joint venture between JTL and Monument Tool all new plumbing and H&V apprentices will receive a free starter tool kit, worth £150.

Approaching the end of its current financial year, JTL - which employs its own qualified assessors - is reporting a significant increase in apprenticeship engagement through the company. Initial assessment tests are ensuring that only candidates who meet important quality thresholds are being added to an approved applicants list, from which employers can study and shortlist for interview. Enquiries and applications through the JTL website have reached an all-time high, showing that the appeal of a career in the sector is becoming better appreciated.

The company has also been active in spreading the message that apprenticeships are for many talented young people a better alternative than full-time study at university. As well as being of more interest to employers in engaging new starters at an earlier age, increasing evidence is demonstrating that those taking an apprenticeship route can frequently be ahead in their careers over others who continued in full time education.. 

No Charge Pledge from JTL

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