Training provider for the electrical, plumbing, heating and ventilating trades, JTL has opened the doors to a new £1 million training centre in the heart of Birmingham last week.

Sir Albert Bore, the Leader of Birmingham City Council, and The Lord Mayor of Birmingham Cllr Mike Leddy will officially opened the centre at Mill Wharf in Aston on 31 October.  

The new National Centre of Excellence will provide 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. 

The Lord Mayor said: “Birmingham is proud of its buildings, as our ever changing skyline and regeneration all across the city is testament to. Making these projects happen requires talented tradesmen. 

“It therefore gives me great pleasure to open JTL’s new National Centre of Excellence. It is a bold commitment to the city and I am proud that JTL has chosen Birmingham to locate its flagship training centre for the UK. 

Denis Hird, chief executive of JTL, will said: “Our new centre combines attractive classrooms and a conference centre on the first floor, whilst 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 business confidence in the Birmingham area having reached a 13-month high and encouraging indicators that construction is set on a growth path, there is clearly going to be a growing need for qualified people able to support new-build and extensive renovation work across the built environment.”

With the first intake of apprentices in Birmingham set to start their combined practical and study programmes now, JTL is urging more employers to gain the benefits of offering apprenticeship opportunities for talented young people.

Pictured: Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council, Denis Hird, JTL’s Chief Executive, Sir Ian Livsey, JTL’s Chairman and Councillor Mike Leddy, Lord Mayor of Birmingham.