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Construction grows in March


Growth in the construction industry remained steady in March, according to the Markit/Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) Construction Purchasing Managers Index (PMI). A strong expansion of activity was seen during the month, with the sector showing a seasonally-adjusted reading of 56.4 in March, slightly down from February’s figure of 56.5 – an eight-month high. Any figure over 50 represents growth. New business also increased, the figures show, but this was at a slower pace than the rate seen in February. Sarah Ledger, economist at Markit and author of the UK Construction PMI, said: ‘UK construction companies reported a strong end to the first quarter, with activity rising at a similar pace to the eight-month high recorded in February.’


JTL AWARD WINNING APPRENTICE LAUNCHES NEW BUSINESS VENTURE


Graham Reynolds, a 23-year-old electrician from Uckfield, East Sussex, was chosen from 10,000 competitors to be named Best National Electrotechnical Apprentice 2011 at the Tower of London ceremony at JTL’s National Awards in March. After qualifying and completing his apprenticeship with Tunbridge Wells- based Strange Electrical, Reynolds has announced the formation of a new business – SGS Electrics – with former Strange Electrical director, Steve O’Brien. ‘Within the newly formed SGS Electrics we have had over 50 years of experience with Strange Electrical. In that time, we have forged some good working relationships with our clients,’ Graham explained. ‘I am looking forward to starting a new venture and it shows what you can achieve


as an apprentice. In fact we hope to employ our own JTL apprentice in the near future,’ JTL training officer, John Macoy, who mentored Graham through his apprenticeship, said: ‘It was a


pleasure working with Graham, and I am sure he has a great future in the industry. I am very proud to see him become the best apprentice in the country and wish him well with his new venture.’


Graham Reynolds (centre), named Best National Electrotechnical Apprentice 2011 at JTL’s National Awards


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Running an electrical business is a tough challenge in today’s market. So, in a downturn, when it feels like the world’s against you, we’re fi rmly on your side.


We know that business will pick up. And when it does, like P & R Hurt, you’ll need to have trained people in place to grab the opportunities as they arise.


The most cost-effective solution is to get a JTL Apprentice on board and reap the benefi ts as their skills and experience grow. And now it makes even more sense.


For a limited period JTL is offering a grant of £1000 to the fi rst 1000 businesses who employ a JTL


electrical apprentice.


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1 This grant is available for the fi rst 1,000 applicants aged 16-18 employed in England after 17/05/10 2 Certain restrictions apply


If, like Paul Hurt, you’d like to build a stronger business call 0800 0852308 or visit www.jtltraining.com today.


May 2011 ECA Today 9


£1000 Grant 1 when you take on an apprentice


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