Critical equipment specialists, JLA, has announced the launch of a new Fire & Security Apprenticeship Programme aimed at bringing more engineers into the sector.
Four apprentices have already joined the programme with the company planning to take on over 20 new apprentices throughout 2022 across its key sectors of fire & Security, laundry, catering and installations.
Speaking at the launch of the 2022 programme, JLA HR Director, Lisa Winnard said: “We are really excited to launch our enhanced 2022 Apprenticeship programme during National Apprenticeship Week and to enhance it with our Fire & Security offering.
“The skills shortage in engineering has been well-documented with over 49 per cent of businesses experiencing difficulties in matching skills, according to the Institute of Engineering and Technology. As part of our developing JLA Academy, we will play our part in developing the future generation of engineers, who will be key in providing services for our customers over the coming years. We are looking forward to welcoming new talent to JLA.”
JLA is the UK’s leading provider of business-critical equipment in Laundry, Catering, Infection Control, Heating & Air Conditioning and Fire Safety & Security. It has offices across the UK, and a customer base which includes care homes, hotels, pubs, restaurants, housing associations, schools, hospitals and government and custodial premises.
She added: “We provide a holistic approach to training and development of our colleagues through our Apprenticeship programmes which offers a blend of training provided both on the job and on block study with a local college.
“Through our JLA Training Academy, colleagues benefit from a 30-day onboarding programme together with a whole range of workshops covering topics such as customer service through to organisation and personal planning, which will be attended face to face at our Academy in Yorkshire or online through our state-of-the-art learning system, Thrive.
Each Apprentice will be allocated a mentor to provide guidance and advice throughout the programme. We are ready to welcome over 20 apprentices to the JLA Academy who will be supported by our professional training and engineering teams.”