Eastbourne’s hosted its first JTL Regional Graduation for apprentices.
All those who picked up certificates last night (11 October) have qualified as electricians, having worked with the charity and Sussex Downs College. Paul Gunter, who served his apprenticeship working with his brother, was presented with a cheque for £100 after being announced as Regional Graduate of the Year and now goes through to the national final next March. When asked how he felt about winning, the electrician simply replied, “Shocked.”
There are currently 70 electrical apprentices at Sussex Downs College. They’re looked after by Steve Allcorn, JTL Training Officer, who said, “These apprenticeships are a great career or they can set you up in life. I did an electrical apprenticeship before becoming a contracts manager for a company and now I work for JTL.”
Mark Syrett, Regional Business Manager for JTL said, “These apprentices go on to be extremely successful with many going on to become their own bosses. Tonight, we’re celebrating their four years of hard work tonight at this special ceremony, which is taking place in Eastbourne for the first time. JTL apprentices achieve more – because we only take on the best. That’s one in ten of the people who apply. Each year, 80% of those get their qualifications.”