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British Gas recruits 90 apprentices to mark Her Majesty The Queen's 90th birthday

  • 90 new opportunities offered at British Gas for smart meter and customer service apprentices to mark the Royal Birthday
  • British Gas move echoes its hire of 50 apprentices to mark HRH The Prince of Wales’ 50th birthday in 1998

British Gas is recruiting 90 new apprentices across Britain, to mark the occasion of Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday. The new apprenticeships in smart metering and customer service are part of British Gas’ continued commitment to providing skills and training.

Once trained the  smart meter apprentices will help install smart meters in customers’ homes, so they can see how much energy they are using in pounds and pence. There will be 56 smart meter roles which will be in based in Tredegar, Hamilton, Leicester and Dartford.

The remaining apprentices will specialise in customer service, helping customers to understand their energy use and handling queries with their accounts. British Gas is hiring a total of 34 customer service apprentices in Manchester and Leeds.

The recruitment for the new apprenticeships will take place between July and October and are open to all. 

The Energy Minister, Lord Bourne, welcomed the news:

“Apprenticeships help to power the economy by creating jobs, developing skills and providing financial security for working people across the country.”

“More than three million smart meters have been installed so far, and these apprenticeships will help even more households and businesses to take control of their energy use and become more energy efficient.”

Dave Marsh, Head of Academies at British Gas, said:

“We are very pleased to announce new apprenticeships to mark The Queen’s 90th birthday.  British Gas has a strong tradition of providing great training and careers for our people. Our apprenticeships provide a fantastic route for anyone who enjoys hands-on skills.”

“At British Gas, we’re striving to be an inclusive employer and our apprentices come from all walks of life. Almost a third of them are over the age of 30, and many are career-changers. I’d encourage people to consider undertaking a high-quality apprenticeship no matter what stage of life they’re at.”

In 1998, British Gas recruited 50 new apprentices to mark the occasion of Prince Charles’ 50th birthday.

Paul Haigh is one of the apprentices hired 17 years ago, and now works as an engineer for British Gas, based in Headingley, Leeds. He said:  “My dad worked with British Gas for 36 years after starting his career as an apprentice engineer. I decided to apply when I was 21, and I’ve already enjoyed a rewarding career. I have skills for life and I love the variety of the work. I meet different customers every day and no job is ever the same. I’d encourage anyone of any age to consider an apprenticeship with British Gas.

For further information about our apprenticeships please visit www.britishgasjobs.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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