Two electrical apprentices have been named as the lucky winners of the JIB Apprentice Exchange Programme and will travel to Australia later this year to spend six weeks working ‘down under’.

Joshua Horton of RB Emerson Group Ltd and George Stickings of T Clarke plc were chosen as the stand-out candidates following a challenging selection and interview process.

Usually the Apprentice Exchange can only select one winner per trip but, thanks to a new partnership arrangement, the Electrical Industries Charity is funding a second placement to allow two students to benefit from this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Josh and George, both JTL apprentices, begin their programme in October when they will travel to Brisbane and begin a comprehensive schedule of work. During the trip they will learn how the electrical contracting industry operates abroad and act as ambassadors for the industry, communicating with the UK via blogs and videos to describe their experiences.

“Josh and George both performed exceedingly well during the selection process and they will undoubtedly do our industry proud when they represent the UK in Australia,” said Mick Tuff, chairman of the JIB’s Skills Development Fund. “We’re also very grateful for the Electrical Industries Charity’s support. They have provided an incredible opportunity for an additional apprentice to learn, develop and provide a second perspective on how contractors in Brisbane operate. We hope this will allow for an exchange of ideas that could benefit industry practice or procedure in areas such as health and safety, training or industrial relations.”

The 2017 exchange is a tripartite programme that will also see two American apprentices visit England later this year and two apprentices from Australia travel to New York. The scheme is being run by the JIB in conjunction with training provider JTL, the Electrical Contractors’ Association, Unite the Union and the Electrical Industries Charity.

The Charity is not only sponsoring the second apprentice slot for Joshua and George’s exchange this year, but will also support the second apprentice arriving in the UK from the USA later in 2017.

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