01 DEC 2017

Helen opens New Apprentice Centre in Maidstone

Helen Grant MP for Maidstone and the Weald has opened a dedicated new electrical training centre at Mid-Kent College in Maidstone.

The new facility is the centrepiece of the partnership between JTL, one of the leading apprenticeship providers in the UK, and Mid Kent College. It is the latest addition to a series of centres which JTL operate around the UK. There are already 140 apprentices benefiting from the new centre, with numbers due to rise to 200 over the next two years.

The opening took place in front of a large group of invited guests including staff from MidKent College, its Principal Simon Cook and a substantial number of local employers who already have apprentices training at the centre.

Speaking at the opening Helen said:

"I am delighted that we have more good news coming from MidKent College and that its partnership with JTL is already delivering life-changing opportunities for young people in Maidstone and The Weald. It was a pleasure to be able to be a part of the opening and to meet many of the inspiring apprentices and the JTL staff who will be running the centre.

I really believe in the power of apprenticeships to drive up social mobility and to transform businesses; as the Chair of the Government's Apprenticeship Diversity Champions Network I am committed to ensuring that this chance is available to people of all backgrounds. I know that this new facility will provide hundreds of such opportunities over the years to come. I wish everyone involved with the centre huge success."

At the opening, JTL Chief Executive Jon Graham said:

"This centre is the latest of a number of centres and joint ventures we have launched in the last couple of years. In many cases, we work happily in partnership around the country with education colleges, and we're looking forward to developing our partnership with MidKent College. We see this as a model for future opportunities, where we can work closely alongside partner colleges; with both of us doing what we do best, to enhance the overall apprenticeship experience for the young people and employers in an area. This centre in Maidstone is an important step forward for us, and we're delighted with the response it has already had from the electrical sector employers and young people in this part of Kent."

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