The JIB relaunched its Apprentice Exchange Programme in 2023.
The apprentice lucky enough to be selected for the programme will spend time in a foreign city and will acquire a better understanding of how the industry works in a different country.
The JIB Skills Development Fund covers the cost of flights, travel, accommodation, wages, and eligible expenses for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
To be eligible to apply for the Apprentice Exchange Programme, you must be:
- In Stage 3 or Stage 4 of an apprenticeship with a JIB-registered training provider
- Working for a JIB member (who is also a member of the ECA)
- A member of Unite the Union
You will also need to have a valid, in-date passport and driving licence as well as the endorsement of your employer and training officer.
A shortlist of candidates are then invited for interview with a panel of industry representatives, who will be looking for apprentices who are knowledge, confident and willing to learn.
After receiving dozens of entries, Matthew Pickering of NG Bailey was announced as the winner for 2023.
Matthew spent six weeks living and working as an electrician in Brisbane, Australia and, as part of the trip, also visited the contractors' association, union and leading training providers to get a better understanding of how the industry works and compile a report on his experiences of the electrical industry in Queensland, Australia.
A news story on Matthew Pickering’s experiences in Australia can be found in his article: Brisbane bound.
For more information, speak to your Training Officer or contact Andy Reakes.