Posted by British Gas in Community
Today marks the start of National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) and as a British company with a long history of training apprentices, we’re proud to be a part of it.
Last year we spent £25 million on training apprentices via our six academies and we’re currently training 300 apprentices, providing them with vital skills in this economically tough time. Since 2003, we have recruited 3,357 apprentices and look forward to seeing this figure grow in the future with 300 enrolled this year.
To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, we asked current British Gas apprentices a few questions and here’s a snapshot of the results:
• British Gas apprentices feel secure in their roles: 83% say it gives them financial security, and 91% say it gives them job security
• They would recommend an apprenticeship to others: 98% would recommend it to their friends, and 94% say they’re financially better off in the long run and better prepared for the world of work, than friends who went on to college or university
• They also think it sets them up well for life, with 98% saying the skills they’ve learnt will be useful in other jobs, and 100% saying their apprenticeship has set them up for successful future careers
Claire Hall, HR Director at British Gas, said: “With the economy facing tough times, there are over one million 16-24 year olds who are not in education, employment or training. Apprenticeships offer a clear route to a job with skills and prospects for life. All of our apprentices that we surveyed think their apprenticeship sets them up for a successful future.
Applicants often think that they need the technical skills in place already before they apply. Interpersonal skills are actually more important to us. We can teach the technical knowledge, we look for people who are natural communicators and want to give great service to our customers.”
You can hear from some current and former British Gas apprentices in the video below to understand what a difference the apprenticeship programme has made to their lives:
For more information about our apprenticeship programme, visit www.britishgasjobs.co.uk