APPRENTICES CELEBRATE PLUMBING QUALIFICATIONS AT HULL COLLEGE

DSC02235Seven young apprentices recently received certificates and prizes for being the first cohort of JTL apprentices to have completed their BPEC Level 3 Plumbing Qualification at Hull College.

The event was held as part of the on-going working partnership between BPEC – the British Plumbing Employers Council – and JTL, the leading provider of apprenticeships and associated training in the building services engineering sector in England and Wales. The CEOs of both organisations – Jon Graham from JTL and Paul Johnson from BPEC – were at the event and delighted to present framed certificates and a set of tools to each of the successful apprentices who were able to attend, in front of staff from Hull College and the apprentices’ JTL Training Officer, John Wilkinson.

The apprentices who received their certificates on the day were Jamie Milner, Liam Smith, Alex Berry, Luke Metcalfe and Tom Dungworth – all from the Hull area. Two other apprentices were unable to be at the event but will receive their certificates and awards at a later date – they were Joe Norton and Bradley Cowley.

“We believe it’s important to recognise excellence and these young men have worked hard for their qualification and deserve recognition,” said BPEC CEO Paul Johnson. “We’re pleased that the on-going partnership between BPEC and JTL continues to bear fruit and to deliver high quality young people into the plumbing industry.”

“There’s never been a better time to consider a plumbing apprenticeship in this country,” said Jon Graham, CEO for JTL. “The improvement in the economy is driving the need for new blood in the sector on a daily basis. We know from industry statistics that many senior plumbers will be looking to retire in the next few years, so it’s vital that we recruit more young people who can take on a role in the industry and provide the skills and the experience that we will need hugely in the years ahead. For bright young people like these who are of a practical nature and keen to excel in a trade, this is a wonderful opportunity. For employers, the opportunity to add to their workforce and build their businesses around young people looking for a lifelong trade makes good business sense.”

Young people looking for options and thinking of taking up an apprenticeship in the plumbing or heating and ventilating sectors should take a closer look at the JTL website or the BPEC website.