Apprentice Exchange Programme
What is the JIB Apprentice Exchange Programme?
The JIB Apprentice Exchange Programme was set up by the JIB Skills Development Fund Committee (previously called the Further Education Fund) to promote and enhance individual's learning through cultural exchanges.
The organisations that have been involved in the Exchange Programme include the New York JIB and Electro Group Training (Brisbane). Shona Rawlins was the first UK apprentice to travel to Australia in 2010, and Thomas Hyland, Balfour Beatty, also travelled to Brisbane in 2013.
Luke Wheeler, Spie Limited, was the first apprentice to travel to New York in 2012 and Samantha Jones, Melvin John Electrical, followed Luke in 2015 by completing a 6 week exchange.
How to get involved
To be eligible for the exchange, the apprentice must be Stage 3 or Stage 4, registered with JTL, working for a JIB member (who is also a member of the ECA), and the apprentice will need to be a member of Unite the Union.
For the application process, an apprentice will need the endorsement of their employer and the JTL Training Officer. JTL actively seek the best performing apprentices with consistently high scores, who are particularly committed and eager.
The application form asks apprentices for reasons why they believe they are suitable, but also to offer an insight into how things can be improved in the industry so that the judges can understand the views and experiences of the apprentices.
The applications will be narrowed down to six individuals who will be invited for interview. Here a panel made up of representatives from the JIB, ECA, Unite the Union and JTL will question the apprentice on their knowledge of the industry, reasons for wanting to be involved, ability to present and will look for those apprentices who are knowledgable, confident and willing to learn.
At present there is no set date for the 2016 Apprentice Exchange but follow the JIB on Twitter @JIBElectrical or the JIB Skills Development Fund at @JIB_Skills_Fund for updates and alerts on when the next application process is open.
For more information about the exchange please contact Andy Reakes at the JIB on 01322 661610 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.