Getting the most out of JIB support for training
This month sees the launch of the JIB Skills Development Fund.
Formerly known as the JIB Further Education Fund, the new Fund re-launches the JIB’s training support programme under a more appropriate name and begins a six-month campaign to encourage JIB companies, their workforce and their JIB-registered apprentices to apply for the funding opportunities under the scheme.
The fund supports courses relevant to the electrotechnical industry, and over and above the requirements of JIB grading, usually at a rate of 50% of the course value up to a maximum of £625 per course.
“As skills shortages in our industry begin to bite,” comments Andy Reakes, secretary to the fund, “we are determined to make members, and their operatives, fully aware of the funds available from the JIB to develop their team, helping to bridge the skills gap through further training."
For more information and how to apply download the employees’ leaflet and visit the Skills Development Fund section of the JIB website via the links below.
JIB Employees’ Leaflet: http://www.jib.org.uk/documents/content/files/JIB%20Skills%20Dev%20Fund%20Operatives%20Flier%20v3.pdf
JIB Skills Development Fund section of the JIB website: http://www.jib.org.uk/further-education-fund-for-operatives.aspx
“The course that I am studying has been integral to my development as an M&E Quantity Surveyor and has allowed me to reach a senior level. I believe that it would have been very difficult for an electrician with no qualification in quantity surveying to secure a Senior M&E QS position. The funding provided by the JIB Skills Development Fund was able to help massively with the burden of the costs of this course and I will always be grateful.” John Say, BSc (Hons) Building Services Quantity Surveying.