If you’re a young woman thinking about your future career, you may be missing out if you haven’t looked at paid apprenticeships.
According to our research, only 1 girl in 10 sees an apprenticeship as a viable way into a career – and it’s an option that hasn’t seen enough encouragement at home.
Parents are twice as likely to advise boys to take an apprenticeship as girls, and only 7% of girls said their parents would like them to pursue one.
But that’s an attitude we’d like to see changed. We’re training 1,200 apprentices across the UK, and we take on about 250 new ones every year.
What an apprenticeship could do for you
You’ll learn the hands-on work of engineering, but also the softer skills of customer service and teamwork, key skills for your career progression.
Engineering in the energy industry is changing too. As renewables and energy saving grow in importance, the need for those skills that don’t require ‘heavy lifting’, (maths, specialist software, problem-solving) is spreading.
On an apprenticeship with us you can expect to:
• Earn while you learn. Our apprenticeship programme gives you a salary from day one, with a substantial increase once you complete your apprenticeship. An Apprentice Service and Repair Engineer’s salary, for example, rises to £35,172 when fully qualified and competent
• Receive award-winning training in a British Gas Academy, developing skills for life under the coaching and mentoring of seasoned professionals
• Gain valuable qualifications and awards, such as City and Guilds QCF diplomas the Duke of Edinburgh Award or benefit from the British Gas Award programme
• Learn as a group, giving you the support of your fellow apprentices while you build your confidence
• Get a foothold in an industry-leading company, as you begin a rewarding new career.
Not just for the boys and school-leavers
You’ll be in a working environment that helps apprentices of all backgrounds and genders to learn.
‘I always wanted to do something I could feel proud of and which makes people happy,’ says Natalie Foster, who left the hospitality industry at the age of 32 to start a British Gas Apprenticeship in 2014. ‘So far the course has been just as challenging, interesting and rewarding as I had hoped.’
‘The whole experience has been very liberating, as back in school I remember being steered away from the science and technology subjects because I was a girl. I think times have changed since then and people have realised that there’s absolutely no reason why women can’t do technical jobs.’
Speaking at our National Women in Engineering Day event, engineer and success coach Nadia Abbas explained, ‘My main female role model within the industry is my apprentice that I had 8 years ago. Before she became an apprentice she was going to university and studying for a degree. She decided she wanted a more hands-on job, so dropped out and started an apprenticeship. She’s very articulate and could have had her degree, but she’s now a well-respected figure in our industry. I’m proud of her.’