As every trained soldier knows, if you fail to prepare, then prepare to fail. And it’s as relevant to the specialised world of smart meter apprenticeships as it is to the battlefield. Great training, coupled with the correct kit, is key.
“There’s a very practical, hands-on style to the way we learn,” says former soldier Steve Tailor, British Gas smart meter apprentice. “And that really suits me as I’m used to learning with my hands. The banter is so good it’s almost like being back in the army again. We’re often out and about meeting customers.”
“You could say I’m used to being on the front line, and it’s no different with British Gas. One of things you learn in the army is that your equipment is everything. I always make sure everything is working and squared away. I might not be stripping down my machine gun any more, but I always know where my hammer is.”
British Gas has invested over £14m into its apprentice schemes, giving people like Steve the chance to develop a career which could set him up for life. “I really enjoying meeting people and helping them,” says Steve. “You get to meet a lot of elderly people, and if you feel you’ve done them some good and fixed their problems for them, you get a smile at the end of the day. And that’s really what it’s all about.”
When Steve completes his smart meter apprenticeship he’ll join an army of apprentices over 1,200 strong, currently stationed around the country. New recruits are always welcome...
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