Apprentice Exchange 2017

Brisbane - JIB Apprentice Exchange

The 2017 JIB Apprentice Exchange is now open for entries! Later this year a lucky apprentice will travel to Brisbane, Australia, to spend six weeks working and learning about the electrical contracting industry aboard. A provisional date of 14th October 2017 has been set for the trip to start, with the apprentice expected to return on or around 26th November 2017.

Also this year, in September, an apprentice from New York will visit the UK to work with electrical contractors and learn about how our industry operates.

The JIB Apprentice Exchange Programme is run collaboratively by the JIB, ECA, Unite the Union, JTL and the Electrical Industries Charity.

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 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, JTL and the Electrical Industries Charity 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. 

For more information about the exchange please speak to your JTL Training Officer or contact Andy Reakes at the JIB on 01322 661610 or at a.reakes@jib.org.uk.

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.

The lucky apprentice who is selected to travel to Brisbane will need to compile a report on their experiences of the electrical contracting industry in the country, a previous example of which can be seen on the right of this page following Samantha Jones's experiences in New York. 



Apprentice Sam reports on USA findings

Comparisons between the USA and UK’s electrical contracting industries have been drawn in a report published by electrician Samantha Jones, following her six-week working visit to New York.

26 year-old Sam was chosen in 2015 to represent the UK as part of the Joint Industry Board’s apprentice exchange programme. During her trip she spent time working with some of the New York’s leading electrical contractors on prestigious sites such as the Empire State Building, Madison Square Gardens and Google.

The report, which can be downloaded here, included highlights such as: findings on use of steel conduits and conduit installations, including the mathematical workings for bend radius; technical differences in the ways of working between the UK and US, and details on Sam’s work placements such as Madison Avenue, Google offices, the Empire State Building and 432 Park Avenue Apartments, set to be the tallest residential tower in the Western Hemisphere.

“Sam made a fantastic impression on our US counterparts and carried out some valuable work during her time there,” said Andy Reakes, Secretary of the JIB Skills Development Fund. “The fact she studied for and passed the lengthy OSHA exam is also a great achievement, so we commend her for her commitment to this task.

“We look forward to launching the exchange programme again to give another apprentice a chance to bring findings from abroad back to the UK.”

Read Sam's blog

During her trip Samantha wrote a blog and uploaded pictures of her adventures – read more here.