Young people keen to learn the ropes of the plumbing trade will be interested to hear that Selby College in North Yorkshire is planning to offer a new range of plumbing apprenticeships.

The educational institution has teamed up with JTL, the provider of training in building service engineering, and intends to begin the apprentice courses from September this year. The apprenticeship will be available at Levels 2 and 3, which will take two and three years respectively to complete.

Young people aged between 16 and 24 can apply for the positions, which will offer relevant college education, workshop sessions at Selby College and on-the-job training for four days a week, with a wage from an employer as well.

Apprentices will be supported by Mike Bullock of JTL Training, who has more than 30 years of experience in the mechanical engineering services industry.

Deputy principal at Selby College, Janet Meenaghan, told Selby Online: “The college is by far the largest provider of apprenticeship programmes in the area, so we are extremely pleased to be able to now offer, in partnerships with JTL, this new apprenticeship programme in Plumbing which adds to the growing range of such Apprenticeship opportunities available at the college for people aged 16-24.

“Apprenticeships provide fantastic opportunities for people to learn whilst they earn and also provide local employers with skilled workers that can be trained to meet their specific needs,” Ms Meenaghan went on to say.

Taking on a young apprentice can benefit employers greatly, and need not be costly. Government funding schemes run through the Skilled Funding Agency can allow employers who take on apprentices aged between 16 and 19 to benefit from a