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Labour MEP for Yorkshire and Humber gets energy smart with British Gas apprentices

 

  • Labour MEP for Yorkshire and Humber visits the British Gas Academy in Leeds
  • The latest group of smart metering apprentices showcase their smart skills

Richard Corbett, Labour MEP for Yorkshire and Humber, today met the latest group of smart metering apprentices to start training at the British Gas Academy in Canal Street, Leeds.

Mr Corbett met the 14-strong group as part of a tour of the Ofsted-rated facility, where more than 450 British Gas apprentices are currently enrolled on training programmes.

During the visit, Mr Corbett learnt how the smart metering apprentices are trained to install smart meters, which are being rolled out across Britain.

British Gas smart meters come with a smart energy monitor, which allow people to see, in near real-time, how much energy they’re using in pounds and pence. Smart meters also automatically send accurate readings to the supplier meaning an end to estimated bills.  

Once qualified, the apprentices will eventually join around 2,000 other Smart Energy Experts who are already installing smart meters in British homes at a rate of one every minute.

In Yorkshire, British Gas has already installed around 195,000 smart meters in customers’ homes, and more than two million in British homes.   

Smart meters are also being rolled out across the rest of Europe. The EU aims to replace at least 80 per cent of electricity meters with smart meters by 2020.

Yorkshire and Humber MEP, Richard Corbett, said: "It was great to meet the trainees who will be responsible for this important work. Improving household energy efficiency across Europe is a crucial part of fighting climate change, and smart meters are a very effective way to do that at the same time as helping families keep track of exactly what they use. It's great to see British Gas engaging with this."

British Gas smart metering apprentice, Amin Yafai, from Sheffield, said: “I’ve really enjoyed the training so far and meeting Mr Corbett has made this a week to remember. I’m excited to be learning the skills needed to help customers save energy with smart meters.”

James Naughton, British Gas academy manager in Leeds, said: “Over the past five years, we’ve trained more than 800 apprentices at our academy. This visit is a great opportunity to show how our apprentices are an important part of our smart meter roll-out across Britain.”

For further information on smart meters, visit www.britishgas.co.uk/smart

 

Notes to editors

For more information please contact:

Catrin Millar, British Gas Press Office
T: 01784 843 000
E:
catrin.millar@britishgas.co.uk

 

British Gas is Britain’s leading energy supplier, and serves around 11 million homes in Britain – nearly half the country’s homes – as well as providing energy to around 400,000 British businesses. British Gas provides value for money, dedicated customer service, innovative energy solutions and the highest quality energy services expertise in the country. Find out more at www.britishgas.co.uk

 

For more information contact:

Catrin Millar
catrin.millar@britishgas.co.uk

British Gas is Britain’s leading energy supplier, and serves around 11 million homes in Britain – nearly half the country’s homes – as well as providing energy to around half a million British businesses. British Gas provides value for money, dedicated customer service, innovative energy solutions and the highest quality Homes Services expertise in the country. Find out more at www.britishgas.co.uk.


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