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More power to employers in new ‘Skills Bill’
A new law recently passed through Government means that employers are now embedded at the heart of the skills system. The Skills and Post-16 Education Act in England has introduced a number of measures to improve the skills and training landscape, empower employers to drive up the quality of apprenticeships and prioritise green skills. In addition, schools will now be required to make sure all children get to meet training providers…
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Kickstart Portal: Government grant for apprenticeships available
The UK Government Apprenticeship Scheme offers funding and support to help businesses grow and thrive.  The Scheme offers apprenticeship grants of up to £1,000 per apprentice. This grant can be used to cover the cost of training and assessment, as well as the apprentice’s salary.  If you’re interested in learning more about the Scheme, or if you would like to apply for funding, please visit the Kickstart Portal Website for more detail…
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JTL marks Mental Health Awareness Week
JTL, the leading work-based learner provider in England and Wales, is lending its full support to Mental Health Awareness Week (9-15 May 2022). The not-for-profit charity is this week sharing the free and easily-accessible resources and guidance that is on offer to all learners and employers who work with the organisation as well as those working in the sector. Earlier this year, JTL launched the Tune Up channel that provides a collection…
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SkillELECTRIC strengthens partnership with Electric Center
SkillELECTRIC 2022 is benefitting from a significant donation of competition materials thanks to a renewed partnership with electrical wholesaler Electric Center. Electric Center is a trading name of Edmundson Electrical, who have supported SkillELECTRIC for over a decade. This year, the Electric Center brand and its industry-leading range of own label Acel products are now the focal point for the strengthened relationship. Across all national heats and the UK final,…
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International Women’s Day – Watch the CareerMap webinar
Marking International Women’s Day, you can hear from JTL apprentices and staff in a rescheduled webinar hosted by CareerMap on the 10th of March: ‘Why more females should consider careers as electricians and plumbers’. The panel included JTL representatives such as Lily Clarke, a successful learner turned Training Officer; Nikki Cowan (JTL Product Manager – Electrical); and Ibrahim Khan and Megan Wheatley of Darke & Taylor. Together, they discussed the reasons…
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Notice re BS7671 Amendment 2
Following the launch of Amendment 2 of the BS7671 Wiring Regulations (A2:2022), NET has issued the following guidance around all AM2 assessments: The Section E online knowledge assessment will be version neutral and can be completed with either copy of BS7671.From 26 September 2022, online knowledge and practical assessments will incorporate Amendment 2 and will be assessed in line with the new Brown edition of the Wiring Regulations (BS7671:2018 +…
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Domestic Electrician apprenticeship receives green light
The domestic electrical market in England now has a formal, funded training structure following the approval of the new Domestic Electrician Level 3 apprenticeship standard. With the new apprenticeship, approved this week by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, domestic electrical work now has its own clear identity with an industry standard and assessment route agreed by employers.  Three years in duration, the apprenticeship standard provides a comprehensive Level…