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Young people in Leeds interested in career as apprentice - British Gas Research

British Gas has released research* today (4 March) highlighting the perceptions of young people (aged 16-24) in Leeds:

- 45% of 16 – 24 year olds in the city have either completed an apprenticeship, are undertaking an apprenticeship, or plan to begin one.

- 48% of young people in Leeds want to know more about apprentices, 59% of those surveyed say there are some apprenticeships but they are hard to get a place on.

- Young people believe that the biggest barrier for them is too many people wanting to do apprenticeships and not enough places.

- Those aged 16 – 24 in Leeds are the least likely of all ten cities (surveyed) to be in full-time employment ranking the lowest at 37%.

British Gas, which receives approximately 50 applications for each apprenticeship, launched its 2014 recruitment drive last Thursday (27 February).

In the first wave of recruitment, 48 positions are on offer, nationwide, for the British Gas central heating installation (CHI) apprenticeship scheme. More positions are expected to be announced later in the year.

Today, at an open day for the public, some of Leeds Academy’s 79 current apprentices shared their experiences with young people.

Former Leeds Academy apprentice, Peter Devine, from Wortley qualified a year ago and is now working as an engineer in Leeds. He said: “Getting the place on the apprenticeship has given me the best start possible with British Gas. I loved the mix of learning technical skills, shadowing my mentor in customers’ homes and working with other apprentices in the Academy.”

Stuart Hoyland, Academy Centre Manager at the British Gas Leeds Academy, said: “We’ve trained more than 1,000 apprentices at the British Gas Academy in Leeds and we’re pleased to be opening our doors today to help young people learn more about apprenticeships.

“We can offer apprentices all the technical training needed. We’re looking for people with the right attitude and communication skills to give our customers the best possible service.”

In 2013, British Gas invested £13bn in its training academies and apprentices.

For further information on apprenticeships, visit or follow @britishgasjobs on Twitter.


*The One Poll research was commissioned by British Gas and surveyed approximately 1,200 young people from across the
UK in February 2014.
** As part of the recruitment drive, selected apprentices will enjoy a two-year training programme and receive a City & Guilds
Level 3 QCF Diploma in Domestic Gas Engineering. The salary starts at £10,000 rising to £30,805 when fully qualified and
competent. Apprentices also complete the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Gold award.

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