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JTL centre: ‘A beacon of excellence’ JTL has spent £1 million on a new Centre of Excellence which was officially opened last month. HPM reports... Stylish Ceto tap For your chance to win this prize, simply enquire to answer A or B in response to this question: How many levers does the Ceto tap have? A: Two B: Three This sleek and stylish Ceto tap, from Francis Pegler, boasts three levers giving options for hot, cold or BRITA filtered water. The Ceto features ceramic disk technology, ergonomic design and smooth, precise controls. The new BRITA P1000 filter cartridge benefits from adjustable filtration performance, according to the water quality. The cartridge will last on average three months in hard water areas, but can be increased to six months by changing the setting for soft water areas. To assist users further, a lifetime filter indicator that lights red when the cartridge needs changing is included on all models. PRIZE 8 Answer A 139 REMEMBER: enter all 12 competitions, and you could win the grand prize - the lot! Answer B 140 HPM’s Festive giveaway PRIZE 8 Got a story? Ring us on 01732 748041 or e-mail twood@unity-media.com TRAINING/TECHNICAL Just a few weeks ago as you read this, we opened our new Centre of Excellence in Birmingham and while it will be a highly functional training centre delivering qualifications to people working in the heating and plumbing and electrical sectors predominantly, it’s so much more than that. It’s a beacon of excellence to persuade employers, young people, their parents and other influencers, and as we saw from the interest generated at the opening, senior people in regional politics and those responsible for running our biggest cities, that there is a massive future in the building services engineering environment as we head into economic recovery in the years ahead. The new centre represents a £1 million investment by the UK’s largest training provider. Based in the heart of Birmingham, the hub of UK engineering for decades, Sir Albert Bore, leader of Birmingham City Council, and the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr Mike Leddy officially opened the centre at Mill Wharf in Aston. TOP-UP TRAINING The new National Centre of Excellence provides a training base for up to 144 apprentices at any one time across the different building services engineering and facilities management disciplines, as well as being home to a range of top-up training and professional development courses for those already working in the professions. We’re keen to offer our facilities to companies working in the heating and plumbing sector as a venue for their own meetings, training sessions and conferences. The Lord Mayor said: “I am proud that JTL has chosen Birmingham to locate its flagship training centre for the UK. This city has a prosperous WWW.HPMMAG.COM future ahead. We have great ambition and we are working hard to provide employment opportunities for our young people. They face a tough challenge to find work, so quality training opportunities like those offered by JTL are going to be essential in helping to address that.” Sir Albert Bore added: “I am proud to see JTL invest in such a significant new training facility which will help to train a large number of apprentices. Our vision for Birmingham is to drive economic growth through developing the skills of our residents and workforce, by raising the aspirations of young people in the city, ensuring quality of provision, building on the competency base of existing employees, and offering opportunities to workless residents. Our new centre combines attractive classrooms and a conference centre on the first floor, while on the ground floor separate workshops have been created to support practical training. They are also the location for independent assessment of Level 3 qualifications in electrical installation and maintenance, as well as both Levels 2 & 3 awards in plumbing or heating and ventilating and other related trades. With the first intake of apprentices in Birmingham set to start their combined practical and study programmes now, we are urging more employers in the city and its environs, to gain the benefits of offering apprenticeship opportunities for talented young people. The future for the new Centre of Excellence looks very bright. We have already had contacts with a number of employers in the Midlands keen to find out more about what we offer. The reality is that more and more young people are seeing the opportunity to earn while they learn as a sensible and attractive option. There is heightened concern among many young people that going to university simply because it’s expected of them by parents and teachers, is not a good enough reason to incur a serious student debt to achieve a degree that may not actually be helpful or relevant to their working lives when they leave the world of academia. We’re delighted that more and more careers advisers are making contact with us to find out more about the options that apprenticeships can offer the young people they advise, and we have invested significantly in a new video targeted at parents who are key to advising their youngsters on their futures - you can find it on our website in the dedicated parents section. It’s all part of the vital education process to dispel the myths and provide some facts on which to base decisions for young people trying to come to sensible decisions about their futures. Would-be applicants and employers wanting to investigate what we offer through the new Centre of Excellence and elsewhere in England and Wales, should contact the JTL National Administration Centre on 0800 0852308 or e-mail enquiries@jtltraining.com. 42 DECEMBER 2013 HEATING & PLUMBING MONTHLY enquiry number 138 144 apprentices will have access to training at the Centre of Excellence


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